Renson, a European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions with operations in the U.S., recently announced a new partnership with OpenMotics, a Belgian company that specializes in building automation.

“We at Renson have known for some time now that ‘healthy and comfortable living’ goes beyond just those products that we develop for this purpose,” says CEO Paul Renson. “And now, thanks to this partnership, we have a concrete ‘cloud’ solution in-house.”

OpenMotics says it provides home automation systems that can help a building learn from and adjust to the behavior of the residents, services and technologies (ventilation, sun protection, heating, lighting, cooling, etc.).

“As far as we’re concerned, building automation should be as natural in a house as running water or electricity,” said OpenMotics CEO Pieter De Clerck. “I like to compare the ‘cloud’ platform that we offer as a digital ‘market’ for this to the app store to make my point: you only used to use mobile phones for calling and texting. But it’s the app store that allowed the smartphone to grow to meet the needs of the users. It’s our ambition to be the ‘app store for buildings’ via a platform of our own services that is simultaneously open to external parties, etc.”

OpenMotics will continue to be a fully independent company during its partnership with Renson, and it will continue to collaborate with other parties.

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