Australia’s largest operator Telstra announced plans to introduce its Smart Home platform that connects a range of devices through a single app controlled from a desktop, smartphone or tablet.
John Chambers, executive director home and premium services, said the key to Australians embracing smart technology in the home is to make it easy and simple to use.
He said the average Australian household is expected to have 29 connected devices by 2020. The operator is partnering with Icontrol Networks to build a platform that aims to work across multiple devices and operating systems.
Services covered include smart security, automation and energy usage monitoring.
Smart Home is under development for trial and will be available commercially later in the year.
Two packages will be offered. The ‘Watch and Monitor’ option allows customers to keep an eye on things when they’re away from home with motion sensors and a camera that can be set up to send instant alerts to their device. The ‘Automation and Energy’ plan comes with smart power plugs and motion sensors, helping customers set up tailored energy solutions for their home.