It’s not too often you’ll find us covering a company that specializes in wireless RF communication controller chips. But at IBC in Amsterdam earlier this week, that’s exactly what we did.

GreenPeak Technologies is one of the industry leaders in silicon solutions for residential applications. A set-top box (STB) becomes a home control box, monitoring applications in and around the house, such as remote controls, security, energy efficiency, consumer electronics and appliances, home health care and more. GreenPeak’s little silicon chips is what makes all this possible, embedded in the hardware of big-name brands such as Bosch.

The Internet of things

The Internet of Things is a term which refers to the idea that any physical object could have a connection to the Internet. Imagine secondhand objects on shelves that tell you their full history, or perhaps park benches that tell you from afar if there’s a spot free to eat your lunch. You can really let your imagination roam free when discussing this concept because, well, it has yet to really come to fruition and its future has yet to be determined.

We’ve previously written about how it could help us cope with severe weather, order pizzas directly from our fridge and drive completely free of human-error on roads around the world.

But GreenPeak is all about the home. Worried about an elderly relative? Motion-sensing technology fitted in their home will let you know that they’re up and about. Forget to activate your burglar alarm before going on holiday? Not a problem – through dedicated smartphone apps you’ll be able to control this from the other side of the planet.

This also applies to thermostats, doors and just about anything you can think of around your humble abode.

We spoke with GreenPeak founder and CEO Cees Links about what exactly his company does, and how he sees the future of smart homes.

“We think the smart home will be built via individual applications,” he says. “Our expectation is that within five years, everybody will have ten to twenty Zigbee devices in their home.”

You can watch the interview in full here: