i4things, has launched the world’s first Smart Home as a Service (SHaaS) solution designed for telecommunication, internet, pay-TV, insurance and utility service providers to capitalise on a $150 billion a year new business opportunity within an innovative and fast growing market.
“The smart home market is growing rapidly but is currently fragmented between multiple brands with competing and often incompatible technologies,” says Rob Wolters, Managing Partner at i4Things, “Our strategy is to provide a fully managed, secure, scalable and future proof platform that allows any service provider to launch an attractive smart home service. This – in telco terms – “Penta-play” service proposition, allows them to tap into new revenue streams, to reduce churn and to outpace competition.”
“With security built-in by design including fully encrypted communication, automated device password rotation and deep privacy settings, service providers can overcome many of the fears that consumers may have. With its easy setup and self-installation by the user, Consolomio is truly designed for the mass-market. It offers a single, intuitive user interface to manage your entire Smart Home at home and on the go. We provide a broad range of affordable devices and integrate with the major Smart Home retail brands, such as Sonos, IKEA, Philips hue and Amazon Alexa.” Wolters adds.
“Communication and utility services providers are in the perfect position to capitalise on the smart home revolution through their existing subscriber relationship, billing and trusted brands,” says Wolters, “i4Things provides a completely open and modular Smart Home as a Service platform allowing the service provider to define own use-cases and sell pre-packaged Starter-Packs (e.g. Security, Comfort, Energy and Care). Consolomio® also integrates with existing back-end systems of the service provider: our “Operator Console” provides a unique service monitoring and management tool for full transparency of the service and pro-active aftersales support.”
At IBC Consolomio is shown with a variety of use-cases, devices and scenarios. On top of that i4Things there launches its brand new “Smart Home TV Dashboard” which combines the best of two worlds – IPTV and Smart Home – in a single TV user interface. Another highlight at IBC is the Consolomio® Control Panel, a wall mount touchscreen device providing the end-user an overview of his Smart Home and the convenience of control at a central spot in the home.
We put a lot of development effort to create the best-in-class Smart Home experience for the mass-market” says Wolters, “therefor i4things takes care of the life cycle management of all integrated smart devices and UI’s within the ecosystem. The service provider and their customers should not need to worry about ongoing device integrations, updates of firmware and API’s, security and ongoing support. This makes Consolomio a true fully-managed service offering.”
i4Things will be demonstrating its solution at IBC 2019 and can be found at booth B33 in Hall 14. Rob Wolters, Managing Partner at i4Things and Oliver Soellner, Head of Sales and Business Development are available for interviews.