Vodafone is collaborating with IBM to combine mobile communications and cloud computing for the remote management of smart home appliances, with Vodafone’s Global M2M Platform running on IBM’s new SmartCloud Service Delivery Platform.
Voda fone reports that “Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology makes home appliances more intelligent by connecting them wirelessly to the internet. This enables them to feed useful data back to the service provider or manufacturer to achieve a better customer experience through new functionality and enhanced services.”
Marc Tastayre, Vodafone M2M Global Business Development Manager, explains, “The smart home market is now a reality and Vodafone is committed to delivering to it. Security is the first important step for connecting devices to the internet and the collaboration between IBM and Vodafone is putting in place an open, efficient and scalable solution for the consumer electronics industry that will enable it to successfully progress the creation of the Internet of Things.”
IBM and Vodafone expect the M2M initiative will let consumers to use their smartphones for a variety of remote activities including viewing their home’s utility consumption; controlling security, heating and lighting systems; and activating home appliances such as washing machines. The initiative will also enable manufacturers and service providers to collect data from appliances that can be used to inform product development and maintenance and provide better services to consumers.
IBM Telecommunications Industry General Manager Scott Stainken adds: “This collaboration is a great example of how cloud computing can be used for business innovation versus solely for IT efficiency purposes. Cloud will increasingly be used in new ways that will provide enhanced consumer-centric experiences -- especially when combined with mobile communications.”