Legrand Legrand

 Buildings are
at the heart of
the Internet of Things

Gilles Schnepp
Legrand Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer


Why are buildings at the heart of the Internet of Things revolution?

Connected devices are gradually creeping into all areas of our lives, and transforming our habits. Over the next twenty years, connected devices are likely to become the norm. Products that are incapable of communicating, acting on information transmitted to them or being remotely actuated will then be the exception. And as development of these devices increases and the flow of data travelling through buildings becomes more complex, buildings need to adapt, as of now.

What makes Legrand a stakeholder in this revolution?

The fact that it's our business! For more than 100 years we have been innovating to find the best solutions to users' expectations in terms of electrical and digital building infrastructures. The Internet of Things is a reality that we have already taken on board: Thus Legrand reported over 300 million euros in turnover with connected objects in 2015, such as our energy consumption measurement offerings for both residential and commercial environments.
Connected objects are an opportunity for us to switch over to a mass market.

What is the rationale of the Eliot program?

The question is not knowing whether the Internet of Things is coming, but in what form. We at Legrand see this as an opportunity to provide our customers with more added value. And by customers we mean both private individuals and professionals. Our aim is genuinely to provide users with additional benefits. The ability to communicate should enhance the product's value in use, by offering a real lasting benefit.

Numerous players are getting into the market for connected devices. How can Legrand stake a rightful claim to be a part of it?

Because Legrand has a long history of involvement in the building sector. Because innovation is in our genes. Because we are close to our users, we know their requirements and expectations, and we respect them, especially the security of their data. Because at the end of the day this is what we do: offering simple, intuitive products that make a lasting difference to the daily lives of users, whether they are consumers or professionals.

  • Close to

    14 billion

    of connected devices worldwide in 2014

  • 50 billion

    by 2020

  • Source: Cisco

What is a connected device?

"Refers to types of objects which an Internet connection endows with added value in terms of function, information, usage or interaction with their environment."

Why Eliot?

Eliot an amalgamation
of Electricity and IoT (Internet of Things).

It is the name of the Legrand program launched in 2015 dedicated to connected devices.

Besides being a massive social trend, connected devices are becoming big business and are gradually becoming established as a standard. Designed to speed up innovation, Eliot is spearheading the Legrand Group’s IoT strategy. In early 2016, Legrand participated for the second consecutive year at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). Present on 3 different booths (Allseen Alliance, ZigBee Alliance and La Poste), in order to show the full extent of its know-how in terms of interoperability, Legrand presented solutions that are innovative, connected and resolutely user-focused.

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Our vision : a new era for buildings

Connected devices are gradually creeping into all areas of our lives, and transforming our habits. This revolution is opening up a new era for buildings, which will lead to growth in so-called “smart” solutions for both private individuals and professionals. Already a player in this revolution, Legrand believes that the IoT, providing an additional benefit to the user, will gradually emerge as the norm...

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The Eliot approach

Since the Internet of Things is becoming unavoidable, Legrand intends, with Eliot, to accelerate the development of their connected range. Mobilizing the entire Group, the Eliot program aims to instill a communication dynamic into Legrand products wherever the Internet of Things can give an added benefit to the user. Eliot also supports the development of suitable digital infrastructures within buildings.

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Eliot in action

All Legrand products that need maintenance, supervision or remote control will benefit enormously by being connected. Of the 81 Legrand product families, around 40 have been identified as such. These products therefore take priority in the Eliot approach and are the subject of ongoing developments. The main projects currently concern home automation, wiring devices, emergency lighting, door entry systems, data centers, UPS, sound distribution, surveillance cameras, and assisted living.

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