The smart building technology eco-system is highly fragmented. Both between technologies that are optimized for pre-integration into buildings, such as KNX, DALI and DMX and between vendor-specific direct-to-consumer offerings. Even if the underlying technologies such as WiFi, Bluetooth and Z-wave are more or less open standards, there are little incentive by the industry to strive for interoperability.
This fragmentation leads to various problems for the consumer, to how the life-time of the building corresponds to the life-time of various consumer products and the ownership and responsibility of different building automation services.
Ochno believes that USB-C is a perfect compromise between what technology should be integrated into a building and what is the interface to the consumer electronics. The fact that most consumer electronics most likely will be powered using USB-C anyway, re-using the very powerful communication and device management features of USB makes all the sence.
Ochno are developing multiple components to make this vision a reality, such as smart USB-C LED driver and dimmers and an installation solution for in-wall USB-C cabling.