South Korean consumer electronics company LG has revealed plans to launch smart home appliances in India, either later this year or early next year.
The company is in the process of discussing collaboration details with Indian mobile network operators, regarding the needs of data connectivity. “Here the telephone operators are still studying it,” said Ki Wan Kim, the managing director of LG Electronics India.
Launching connected home products in India requires partnerships with telecom operators or network providers to feed home gadgets connection capabilities.
In the beginning LG plans to introduce smart home devices such as washing machine, air conditioners and refrigerators which support LG HomeChat and SmartThinQ to enable users to control home devices from their smartphones.
The South Korean company has good sales performance with its home appliance products in India. It currently has two local manufacturing units, in Greater Noida and Pune.
From specializing in traditional home appliance production, the company has transformed to also provide smart home services – promoting connected kitchen and home-living.
Its connected home gadget portfolio includes smart washing machine, connected refrigerator, smart refrigerator, dishwasher and robotic vacuum which cleans the house while guarding the home with its camera. In South Korea, LG has recently introduced IoT sensors that detect water leaks, smoke, carbon monoxide, door opening and movement in a smart home setting.
All connected devices from LG can work with its mobile app SmartThinQ, with which users can control the devices remotely and view related analytics and information.
LG is in the process of negotiating with the stakeholders, Kim said. “If they are ready, we would combine it.”