Australian telecommunications company, Telstra, has officially launched its first smart home products and subscription services.
Telstra offers two smart home starter kits. The first, Watch and Monitor Starter Kit, aims to improve the user’s home security. The package provides two door or window motion sensors and an indoor HD Wi-Fi camera. Another Automation and Energy Starter Kit comes with two smart power plugs, two door or window sensors and a motion sensor, which can allow user automate home appliances and control the use of energy. Either package prices at AU$25 per month with a 24-month contract.
Both kits will also include a Telstra Smart Home Hub, which allows the user to add more home connected devices and provides a unified control destination – the Telstra Smart Home app.
For example, the user can set up to turn on the air conditioner at a certain time of the day in the app, or to receive notifications as the door opens and the user is not home.
Telstra customers will be able to include more devices into their packages with an extra cost in early 2017, when more products are launched. According to the company, it will provide third-party devices to communicate with the Telstra Smart Home Hub, including light bulbs, smart thermostats, smart locks, indoor and outdoor cameras, motion sensors, door and window sensors and smart power plugs.
Telstra’s smart home starter kit is available online or in selected physical stores from today.
Back in September, Telstra has also said to experiment a combination of blockchain and biometric security for the company’s IoT smart home products, such as switches and cameras.
The company plans to integrate biometrics system, such as facial recognition and voice recognition, into the app and the blockchain testing. When the connected home device is attacked by malware, the user might not be able to control the devices via the smartphone app. With biometrics tied into the blockchain, the devices will only be accessible by those who can be identified, to restrict hackers from stealing the home device control.
Telstra, however, hasn’t officially detailed about the date of launching the feature.