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GROHE Sense: the intelligent water security system, reducing the risks of water damage

Written by Roger Peverelli and Reggy de Feniks - Founders The DIA Community on Apr 30, 2018

German GROHE is a leading provider of sanitary fittings and a global brand for innovative sanitary products. They have an obsessive approach to eradicating waste and minimizing energy use. They developed GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard, an App-controlled water security system for the residential segment to actively reduce the results of water damage. The combination of smart connected devices, intelligent device & cloud algorithms and the end user app create benefits for its users and allows GROHE to engage in new partnerships with insurers to jointly battle water damages.

Sense and Sense Guard are GROHE’s intelligent solutions for the smart home. They are created to address the issue of water damage in households. Water damage itself is an underestimated risk. More than half of households in Europe have experienced water damage at least once. 93% of the cases could have been prevented.

GROHE has collaborations with two insurance companies in Germany; Provinzial & Gothaer and is partnering with insurance companies in Sweden and Denmark. They also have a partnership with Nest, in which the Sense Guard and connected home devices from Nest work together (marked with the Works with Nest badge). The Sense Guard can automatically shut off or open water pipes based on Nest’s Home/Away status indicating that homeowners are home or away.

The Sense Guard won the prestigious iF Gold Award, a Reddot design award and the German design award. The US Fortune magazine included GROHE in its “Change the World” ranking of 2017.

How it works
GROHE Sense is a smart water sensor. Easily placed on the floor, it can detect water retention. When the base of the sensor comes into contact with water, it gives an alert. The water sensor also measures the room temperature and humidity.

Being installed in the central water line of the house by a professional installer, GROHE Sense Guard serves as a smart water controller. It measures the system temperature to indicate a risk of frost or detects leaks and shuts off the water supply automatically. A micro leak test is conducted once every 24 hours by which even the smallest droplet leaks in the cold-water pipes can be detected.

App-controlled water sensor to prevent domestic water damage
The GROHE Sense water security system is based on industry standard wireless LAN technology, controlled through the GROHE ONDUS App. It offers the highest level of water safety, allowing to continually monitor and control the Sense and Sense Guard, whenever and wherever. Users receive a notification on their smartphone connected to the Internet if there is a water problem at home. The water supply can be shut off using the app to prevent more damage. Additionally, the app has a feature that allows users to track their domestic water consumption.

Why we selected GROHE for DIA Amsterdam
GROHE’S approach to eradicating waste and minimizing energy use is impressive. The GROHE Sense water security system, is an innovative component in smart home technology. Offering benefits to the end-users as well as insurance companies. They tackle all kind of water leaks.

At DIA Amsterdam, Bert Depiere Global Director Digital Innovations will showcase the water security solution.  

Who is GROHE?
Founded in 1936 by Friedrich Grohe. Since 2014 part of Japan’s Lixil Group. They have a total of over 6,000 employees, 2,400 of which are based in Germany.

GROHE pursues the brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability, seeking to offer the “Pure joy of water”. GROHE products carry the seal of quality “Made in Germany”.

“The aim of GROHE is to be a source of enjoyment. Waterleaks are omnipresent and water damages are the most frequent damages in households. When water damage occurs, you want things fixed right away, but it can take weeks if not months before everything is repaired. That is why we developed the GROHE Sense water security system: Our customers can enjoy the day, enjoy peace of mind, while GROHE Sense and Sense Guard take care of their homes”.  Michael Rauterkus, CEO of GROHE AG

Michael Rauterkus, CEO of GROHE AG


Presenter 1: Bert Depiere
Presenter 2: Helmut Rieger

Contact info: Thorsten Sperlich
Email: [email protected]

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