Innovation is a constant source of momentum at the heart of Legrand culture, generating regular launches of new products with increased value-in-use and stepping up the pace of initiatives inspired by new technologies.
Innovation is central to Legrand’s culture and development
4.8% of 2017 sales dedicated to R&D
Connected objects accounted for nearly €488M of Group sales in 2017
Nearly 2,300 employees worked in R&D in 2017
Around 45 % of R&D staff
focus on electronics and digital offers
New products with greater value-in-use
Legrand’s innovative drive is backed by the entire Group—from development to marketing. We design new products constantly, developing brand new functionalities and offering innovative services with increased benefits for individual and professional users alike.
Céliane™ with Netatmo: connected switches and sockets
CélianeTM Céliane™ with Netatmo is a new connected offering of switches and sockets. Developed jointly with our partner Netatmo, a specialist in connected objects for the home, it allows users to control every connected appliance in the household.
SMARTHER : the connected thermostat
Legrand unveiled Smarther, an intuitive new connected thermostat, at CES 2018. Designed as part of the Eliot program, it offers optimum control of heating and air conditioning. And because it’s interoperable with a range of voice assistants—including Google Home and Amazon Echo—it opens up possibilities for new user services.
Market's first connected video door entry system
Legrand’s 300X Class connected video door system is the first on the market. Customers use a smartphone or tablet to control door access and interact via voice and video, either remotely or in the home.
Innovation in action
Smart Lighting Controls from the Radiant Collection GIVE the US market a completely new experience with connected switches and outlets.
LCS3 is Legrand’s new range of structured cabling solutions in copper and optic fiber, delivering performance, scalability and easy maintenance.
Stop & Go connected control unit alerts users in real time to the status of their electrical installation
IRVE 3.0 Is a new generation of connected charging stations for electric vehicles.
Connected door bell offers comfort and security.
Stepping up new technology initiatives
The Internet of Things (IoT). Optic fiber. Wireless communication. Mobile apps. Consumption trackers. Sensors, Big Data, artificial intelligence, voice recognition and more.
Legrand is convinced that new technologies—and digital technologies in particular—significantly increase the value-in- use of our products. Since 2015 the Group has decided to step up its efforts in new technology, launching the Eliot program (to accelerate deployment of the Internet of Things in the Group’s offer), signing strategic partnerships and entering into a number of technology alliances, especially as part of the "Works with Legrand" program. Legrand is a key player in the smart building ecosystem, offering long-term benefits to users.
Eliot: accelerating deployment of the Internet of Things in Legrand’s offerings.
Legrand sees the Internet of Things as the first stage in a new era for buildings. This is why the Group launched Eliot in 2015, a program designed to accelerate development of its connected offer.
The goal is to offer innovative connected solutions, to create high-performance electric and digital infrastructures, and to promote interoperability through partnerships under the "Works with Legrand" program, adapting to any need.
Legrand recorded average annual growth in sales of connected products close to +28% from 2014 to 2017, and already offers over 30 families of connected products.
Collaborative agreements and strategic partnerships
Legrand is signing collaborative agreements and forging strategic partnerships with well-known players to develop connected, interoperable solutions that deliver lasting benefits to individuals and professionals alike.
For example, the Group has teamed up with Google to use the Google Weave communications protocol in its connected offering.
Legrand has also partnered with La Poste to make its connected offer compatible with La Poste’s Digital Hub. Legrand is also collaborating with Samsung and Marriott International to develop offerings that improve hotel room comfort and management, and with BNP Paribas Real Estate and Vinci to offer the first connected housing units featuring Céliane™ with Netatmo.
Technology alliances to promote interoperability
Legrand is an active member of many technology alliances.
These include the Open Connectivity Foundation—the world’s largest consortium dedicated to enabling the interoperability of the products, systems and services of the Internet of Things—and the ZigBee® Alliance. ZigBee® is the global open wireless standard for the Internet of Things.
Legrand AT CES in Las Vegas
For the fourth year in a row, Legrand took part in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas in early 2018. The Group presented its entire Eliot program, with deployment now accelerating, and unveiled “Works with Legrand,” a program that promotes interoperability between Legrand’s offer and other players in connected buildings. CES was also an opportunity to showcase the Group’s latest connected innovations dedicated to the user experience. These include its first connected housing units with BNP Paribas Real Estate and Vinci Immobilier; the "Guest Room Management" solution developed in partnership with Samsung and Marriott International; the new Radiant range of connected sockets and switches for the US, and more.
Legrand also unveiled artificial intelligence and voice-recognition innovations for connected buildings, including its Smarther connected thermostat twinned with the Amazon Echo voice assistant. Finally, Legrand and Microsoft officially announced the interoperability of their technologies, a move that will accelerate rollout of connected offers from Legrand.
Open innovation: a new way to innovate
At Legrand, innovation also thrives on collaborative projects with the scientific community, industry and academia. These cooperative ventures spark creativity and pave the way to concept car-type experiments, opening new doors. The Group also works in competitiveness clusters and at technology transfer centers.
At the same time, Legrand is also working closely with the education community, thanks to partnerships with training programs and staying in regular contact with engineering schools.
Project Stores: where showroom meets training
Legrand also takes an innovative approach to customer service. Our project stores are interactive and connected showrooms where consumers can get to know Legrand solutions in a real-life setting and learn how to install them—all in one place.
Concept stores and show-rooms
Concept stores are showcases for Legrand know-how, inviting visitors to enter a whole new world of innovation and design.
Breaking new ground
Legrand dedicates on the long run, and on average, 4% to 5% of sales to Research & Development every year—this significant investment is used to explore new areas and anticipate user needs linked to electrical and digital infrastructures for buildings. Design Legrand also does pioneering exploratory work, creating avant-garde concepts and paving the way for the future.
A wide range of outlets and charging stations for electric vehicles
Green’up is a comprehensive, innovative range of charging stations and outlets, designed and developed by Legrand for both electric and hybrid vehicles.
The Green'up Premium station is designed for both residential and commercial use, adapting to all vehicle models and offering multiple recharging speeds. And now the Green-up range has expanded to include the next-generation IRVE 3.0—a new connected charging station that allows users to track charging and consumption via smartphone or tablet, and makes maintenance easier.
Green’UP electric charging stations by Legrand
Green’UP electric charging stations by Legrand
Partnership with Renault
As part of its EASY CONNECT services offer, Renault Group joined forces with Legrand to introduce users to home-car connectivity. The aim: from the R-LINK 2 screen on the dashboard—and eventually from any screen—drivers can get information and use home control systems from their cars, for better energy management and increased comfort.
Renault’s Easy Connect services offer