Telstra has launched its range of Smart Home products, announced in June. Products available include motion sensors, cameras, light bulbs, a thermostat, smart power plugs and a smart door lock all of which communicate through Telstra’s Smart Home platform, which is based on a product from US manufacturer Icontrol and which has since been acquired by Comcast.
Telstra says: “All you need is home broadband, a reliable in-home Wi-Fi set up and an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet to get started.” It does not specify whether this must be a Telstra broadband service.
Costs start at $25 per month on a 24 month contract. For this, customers get access to the service and their choice a Smart Home Hub and one of two Smart Home starter kits:
- The ‘Watch and Monitor’ Starter Kit comprises two door or window motion sensors, and an indoor HD Wi-Fi camera that can be set up to record video and take photos, or that can be viewed live from anywhere over the Telstra Smart Home App.
- The ‘Automation and Energy’ Starter Kit comprises two smart power plugs, two door or window sensors and a motion sensor.
Customers can expand their set up with a range of other devices available for one-off prices. These include light bulbs, a smart thermostat, the Lockwood smart lock, indoor and outdoor cameras, motion sensors, door and window sensors and smart power plugs.
Telstra says more devices will be offered early in 2017. Its web site lists air-conditioning controllers, music integration, a video doorbell and garage door controller but Telstra says it is not guaranteeing availability of all these devices.
The current products can be ordered online and are available in some Telstra stores.