Telstra executive John Chambers uses his Smart Home app to check that his teenage girls aren’t sneaking their boyfriends into the house. If his 19-year-old son opens the liquor cabinet he also gets a video notification (“He gets into it far too often”).
Surveys show 80 per cent of Australians worry about leaving a light or appliance on when they go away. Telstra is banking on Australians soon adding a $25-a-month Smart Home plan when they bundle up their mobile and broadband services.
And even if watching and controlling your home from your mobile doesn’t go mainstream, the service could become essential for the elderly and disabled.
“You’ll be able to see when your mum is opening the fridge and how is she moving around the house, a whole variety of very simple non-invasive techniques just to keep an eye on your ageing parents,” Chambers says.
“We’re working on solutions to adapt it to the 500,000 homes of Australians with a disability, and how they’ll be able to simply use the lighting features, heating features and automated locks and, also bring in new devices that meet their specific needs.”
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