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What makes a product smart?

A smart product refers to a physical product that has enhanced capabilities beyond its physical borders thanks to digital technology inside the product and connectivity with external systems. Smart products are key elements in the broader concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), where interconnected physical products exchange data and interact with their environment.

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Diagram of what a smart product IS - enabled by digital technology

What it IS — Enabled by digital technology

  • Has digital technology inside the physical product (electronics, software) 
  • Is connected to users, other products and software systems 
  • Exchanges data with software outside the physical product
Diagram of what a smart product DOES - smart capabilities

What it DOES — Smart capabilities

  • Adapts to user needs  
  • Adapts to the environment/contex
  • Adapts to evolving business requirements 
Venn diagram of what a smart product ACHIEVES - value creation in terms of users, business and technology

What it ACHIEVES — Value creation

  • Solves a customer problem 
  • Brings added value to the customer 
  • Generates business value for the product builder
Diagram of what a smart product offers - smart product solution

What is OFFERED –— Smart product solutions

  • Product-oriented: provides a digital product functionality 
  • Service-oriented: delivers a digital(ly supported) service linked to the product 
  • Data-oriented: valorises the data from the product as the core of current and future offerings

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Smart product scenarios

Explore the smart product scenarios and deep dive into the 5 most common scenarios as found in +150 smart products.

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Smart product cases

We inspire you with 15 smart product cases. They illustrate the scenarios with innovations by companies close to you.

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Download the Inspiration Guide

Throughout researching 150+ smart products, Sirris distilled 17 possible scenarios. In this online inspirator, the 5 most common smart product scenarios are explored and illustrated.

Want to gain a deeper understanding and discover all possible scenarios? Or even better: conceive your smart product scenario —  turning inspiration into action! 

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