GROHE, the world’s leading manufacturer of sanitary fittings, is pleased to announce that its intelligent water control system GROHE Sense Guard can now be combined with Nest’s Home/Away Assist to improve household safety and limit water damage. When a homeowner leaves the house, GROHE Sense Guard can automatically shut off the water pipes based on indications by Nest’s Home/Away Assist – and vice versa. The Home/Away Assist uses input from a users’ mobile phone, activity sensors in products from Nest and ‘Works with Nest ‘products. Alongside collaborations with insurance companies in Europe, this partnership is further evidence of GROHE’s successful activities in the field of smart water security.
GROHE ONDUS App Will Be Connected with Nest’s Home/Away Assist
Installed directly in the main water line, GROHE Sense Guard can automatically stop the water supply if, for example, a leak has been detected. The Sense Guard can be monitored and controlled via the GROHE ONDUS app. Connecting this app with Nest’s Home/Away feature provides the possibility of extending GROHE Sense Guard’s capabilities: When Nest users are away – as indicated via Nest’s Home/Away Assist – the GROHE ONDUS app can automatically shut off the water supply immediately or within a pre-set time period.
GROHE Sense Guard is Based on an Open Technology Platform
“When it comes to digitisation, customer value and quality will always have the highest priority for us; we do not seek innovation for its own sake,” says Robert Veltrup, GROHE Chief Digital Officer. “That’s why we decided from the beginning to set up GROHE Sense Guard on an open technology platform. With collaborations like our ‘Works with Nest’ integration, we are able to offer consumers an increased level of water security.”
Preventable Water Damage
Water damage in households is a highly underestimated risk. GROHE’s 2017 survey into water security clearly shows that far more households in Europe are affected by water damage than the respondents themselves had suspected; approximately half of European households have already experienced water damage at least once. Furthermore, a report by the insurance company ACE-Group shows that 93% of cases could have been prevented.
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