The company eSMART was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Our company develops intelligent control systems for your home or workplace. These systems can be used locally or remotely and show you where, when and how you are consuming energy.
Appropriate tools are offered to lower your energy consumption.

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Our history

The eSMART adventure started in 2009 when Fabrizio Lo Conte and Laurent Fabre were doctoral researchers at the EPFL and realized that automatic control systems of buildings, even in an advanced form, could only be integrated into new buildings and above all, were barely affordable.

The challenge was accepted with the aim of developing a simple, easily accessible and user-friendly building automation system.

 

Later that year, the first installation was completed at the EPFL, where the spin-off had been commissioned to facilitate the visualization of energy consumption for the entire floor of one building.

Shortly afterwards, the project appeared on the covers of specialist magazines and eSMART was soon contacted by the construction company Losinger-Marazzi, one of the major players in the field of building construction in Switzerland, and part of the multinational group Bouygues (133,456 collaborators in 80 countries).

A partnership was established to equip the largest eco-district in French-speaking Switzerland, Eikenott in Gland, with a building automation system. eSMART finalised the installation of this system at the end of 2013 and has now provided more than 300 apartments with this facility at the location in Gland. Other new projects are currently underway allowing tenants and owners to breathe new life into their living areas. The eSMART adventure continues…

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Our mission

Our aim is to introduce the latest technologies in terms of enhanced security, comfort and energy efficiency into your home or workplace.

“We are always thinking about buildings and the everyday life of the people living and working in them and we develop solutions to simplify their lives and to help them lead environmentally friendly lifestyles.”

Fabrizio Lo Conte

CEO and Co-founder
Microtechnology engineer
Doctor of Science EPFL

Fabrizio’s open-mindedness and vision form eSMART’s guiding principles. He specialises in embedded boards for high-voltage networks. As a truly ingenious engineer, he even developed a micro-brewery in his laboratory.

Laurent Fabre

COO and Co-founder
Microtechnology engineer
Doctor of Science EPFL

Laurent organises and manages our product range. He is a specialist in smart grid technologies (intelligent power grid management). As an avid wine connoisseur, he has invented his own wine probe.

Jérôme Ramelet

CCO and Commercial Director
Electronics engineer
Executive MBA

Jérôme is responsible for defining and applying our client-oriented commercial strategy. He specialises in building and industrial automation. In his spare time he enjoys sports and travelling.

Since 2009…

From a laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) to our first business project to equip the largest eco-housing project in Switzerland: click here to read more about our company’s development!

Prizes and awards

“Our business has been recognized and received a number of awards. These innovation awards have allowed us to finance the launch of this fantastic adventure and we are most grateful for this support.”

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Technology fund
DigitImmo17
Swiss Climate Foundation
Scale Up
TOP 100 startup.ch
Sef4kmu
Red Herring
Trophée CCIFS
Prix Strategis 2015
Swisscom Start up Challenge
CTI
Startup.ch
Fondation Dr. René Liechti
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Venture Kick