Telstra Looking At Security & Home Automation Over NBN

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Telstra, who looking for new revenue streams that they can deliver over the new National Broadband Network are set to move into home security and automation.

Next week senior executives of Telstra, who will be in attendance at the International CES Show in Las Vegas, will take a look at a pilot program that is being run by the giant US carrier Verizon according to sources.

The program that will be demonstrated at CES is based on a new IP based home monitoring and control system which is set to be part of a beta program in New Jersey.


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Typical home automation interface for PC, Smartphone or Tablet


The system will allows users to remotely view security cameras, lock doors, and control lights, thermostats, and appliances through a Smartphone or Tablet PC is delivered via what looks like a set top box.

While the system is sold by Verizon it still needs an installer which in Australia could see Telstra partnering with CEDIA members and electricians to install the technology with Telstra generating monthly rental for monitoring and data services.

In the USA the pilot homes will receive an energy reader, smart appliance switches and thermostats, door and window locks, a power strip, motion sensors, an indoor pan-and-tilt camera, and a fixed indoor / outdoor camera when the system launches next month.

According to Engadget the Verizon system will use Z-Wave wireless control units and Wi Fi security cameras.

According to sources Telstra and Verizon could end up using the same control box which is believed to be from 4Home a Company that was recently purchased by Motorola. 4Home has nothing to do with 4Home Entertainment which is an Australian Company.

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