Panasonic extends Smart City programme with Berlin Future Living residential complex

posted on Monday, 5th September 2016 by Steve May

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Panasonic used IFA 2016 to announce its latest SmartyCity project, Future Living Berlin. Laurent Abadie, CEO of Panasonic Europe (pictured above), confirmed the new residential complex, revealing that it will be built in Berlin’s Adlershof district. The announcement follows other Panasonic green tech projects in Japan, France and the USA.

Sixty nine Smart Home apartments are being constructed, with homeowners expected to be a mix of professionals, families and the elderly. There will also be a 600-square-metre interactive exhibition on the subject of Smart Living on site, plus 19 boarding house studios where different Smart Home scenarios will be examined. The mantra driving the proposition was sustainable energy, security, mobility, assisted living and community development.

Panasonic first created a template for future living with its Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town project, based outside Tokyo, said Abaddie. Here some 3,000 citizens will live and work. The first residents have already moved in. The project is located at the site of a former Panasonic factory, and is scheduled to be completed by 2020.

Future Living Berlin

"Each project we support is different,” Abadie adds. “Some of the projects outside of Japan focus more on specific aspects and are not as comprehensive as Fujisawa..."

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"The Future Living Berlin project (concept art above) uses a range of technologies from Panasonic, some of which are visible to the inhabitants, and some which are not," says Christian Sokcevic, managing director of Panasonic DACH. "The area will be equipped with solar panels from Panasonic, and energy is stored in batteries provided by us. We supply safety and building infrastructure technology as well as assisted living technologies, including our latest Smart Home innovations. Panasonic also provides heating, cooling and ventilation technology, tailored to the individual energy management needs of each home."

According to Sokcevic, the project will offer “an exclusive insight into the everyday life in connected apartments. Our involvement in Berlin and in other Smart Cities around the world enables us to receive direct response from users who can tell us which technologies really improve their lives on a daily basis and which only work on the drawing board."

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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