Knowing the future of housing

KIWI takes off

Deutsche Wohnen started installing the keyless access system KIWI in its estates in 2017. Approximately 1,700 front doors have been fitted as of year-end 2018, and until the end of 2019 the figure is set to
go up to 3,500. In addition to easier access for the residents, KIWI has advantages for facility management, because service providers do not need a key to access the building. Last year Deutsche Wohnen was a founding member of the IDiT initiative that supports standards for digital access management. The initiative by the ten involved companies has three objectives: to campaign for greater information about digital key systems, to explore non-pro­prietary business models from a commercial, technical and legal perspective, and in this context to lobby for uniform technical and legal standards.

Simon Stöckicht
Director Product Communication / Digitization

“I am convinced that even as a large group we are a good partner for start-ups, because we are curious, constructive and fast decision-­makers.”

Hello Future!
Hello FUTURE: PropTech!

Digital innovation is of interest to Deutsche Wohnen when it provides service value for our customers in the estates, houses and apartments. To keep up-to-date in this fast-moving area, we maintain close contacts to the PropTech space, which combines property management products and information technologies. And so Deutsche Wohnen was also an official partner of the industry’s conference highlight FUTURE: PropTech Berlin. Our staff was in great demand with founders, investors and other companies at the conference, which was taglined, “Shaping the Digital Transformation of Real Estate”.

Knowing the future
of housing – our Smart Flatshare

Deutsche Wohnen is a partner of the B-COLAB project. The acronym stands for Berlin, Co-working and Laboratory. The participating students from the MA course in Online Communication at Anhalt University live in an apartment belonging to Deutsche Wohnen in a test laboratory for smart homes. Here a wide range of smart-home technology is put through its paces in long-term, everyday conditions to see what makes sense. Increasingly the testing also takes place outside the home, like when the residents use the E-Scooter to travel around Berlin. The co-working aspect means that the students also work for various companies, including Deutsche Wohnen itself, which has provided them with conceptional ideas for health management and input for their social media communications.


In the first year five young women lived together in the Smart Flatshare in Berlin-Kreuzberg. You can read their thoughts on living in the test laboratory for smart homes in their blog: They are followed by Maren, Andreas and Timo, who introduce themselves in their own video clip:

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