Nokia, a Finnish multinational communications and information technology company, announced this week its first foray into the smart home bandwagon with the introduction of the Nokia Smart Home solution, reports said.
According to press release, it is an “end-to-end solution that gives users all the ingredients you need to deploy smart home services quickly and easily.”
The Nokia Smart Home is based on the following services:
- A GPON Optical Network Terminal (ONT) that also serves as the smart home hub
- The home gateway supports Wi-Fi, Z-Wave and ZigBee standards
- This solution can carry an array of sensors, plugs and other connected devices for the delivery of home security, automation and smart metering services
Nokia's new smart home gateway will be available for network operators by the end of the year.
In a previous report published in April, Nokia announced its plans to acquire Withings for US$191 million, propelling the company into the connected health market. The buy-out was complete at the end of May, with Withings having been absorbed into a new unit from Nokia Technologies.
The April announcement has since led market observers to believe that the Finnish company's planned entry to the smart home was in the works after witnessing the successes European telecom operators – Deutsche Telekom, Orange, etc. – have enjoyed in recent years generated through their connected home services.