Espoo, Finland — (METERING.COM) — December 1, 2008 – Mobile telephone provider Nokia is to unveil tomorrow a smart home platform, the Nokia Home Control Center, as the basis for next generation security, smart home solutions and household energy management systems.
The platform is open allowing third parties to integrate their own smart home solutions and services. Its core consumer value is the plug and play experience across all solution areas with high security levels built in. All solutions based on the platform can be used through a smart phone or PC locally or remotely. Consumers can for example, monitor and control their electricity usage, switch devices on and off, and monitor different objects, such as temperature, camera, and motion. In future, entire systems within the home could be connected to the platform, including security, heating, and ventilation systems.
"We see there is growth potential in the smart home market," said Teppo Paavola, vice president and head of corporate business development at Nokia. "The home of today has intelligence everywhere, but to date there has not been a solution that is interoperable with wide range of home systems that can easily be controlled. We want to create an open solution where external partners can develop their own solutions and services on top of our platform. We believe that the mobile device is an ideal interface to control home intelligence, especially when the user is not at home."
Nokia has also announced a partnership with Essen, Germany-based utility, RWE. The cooperation, utilizing Nokia’s technological expertise and RWE’s energy competence, aims at developing a comprehensive solution for managing energy consumption and CO2 footage at home.
The first joint solution from the partnership available in late 2009 will focus on home heating management. The product consists of a central control unit together with remote controlled thermostats for the actual radiator. The user interface will be the PC and the mobile phone. In addition, a separate display will be available. RWE is also planning special offers combining these devices with new energy supply contracts. In a second step, Nokia and RWE are planning additional services in connection with smart meters beyond 2009. These services will provide consumers with real time information about their energy consumption and allow them to control their energy bill remotely.
"We are delighted to have secured a world-leading technology partner in Nokia for our range of smart home energy products. Our aim is to offer innovative and affordable energy efficient solutions for every household that are simple and convenient to operate", said Carolin Reichert, head of new business at RWE.
Further, Nokia has started working with a number of companies to define and create a basis for building the next generation of products that will introduce a new kind of mobile access to intelligent systems in the home. These collaboration partners include Danfoss, Delta Dore, Ensto, Meishar Immediate Community (MIC), and Zensys. The Nokia smart home partner program is structured around five key areas which mobile access will open up – security, energy efficiency, wellness, construction, real estate, and smart home solutions.
The Nokia Home Control Center is to be demonstrated at the Nokia World event in Barcelona, Spain, on December 2-3, 2008 and is expected to become commercially available by the end of 2009.