LONDON Nokia has started developing a wireless platform to control functions such as heating and security in homes.
Dubbed the Home Control Centre (HCC), it is being promoted as an energy efficiency initiative and the phone maker is partnering with one of Europe's largest energy firms, RWE, to develop an HCC application for managing a home's energy consumption and thus carbon footprint.
The company sees the platform as over time being able to control many appliances found in homes, from fridges and heating to digital cameras and TVs.
The initial HCC application will enable users to manage electricity usage, switch devices on and off, and monitor various appliances' settings, such as the oven's temperature. It should be available late next year.
The home heating management system will use remote-controlled radiator thermostats that can be managed through an application running on mobile phones or PCs.
Nokia says the platform will be an open one, so that other manufacturers can integrate their products and services into HCC infrastructure.
"We see there is growth potential in the smart home market," commented Teppo Paavola, Vice President, Head of Corporate Business Development, Nokia. "The home of today has intelligence everywhere, but to date there has not been a solution that is interoperable with wide range of home systems that can easily be controlled.
"We want to create an open solution where external partners can develop their own solutions and services on top of our platform. We believe that the mobile device is an ideal interface to control home intelligence, especially when the user is not at home."
The second phase of the project will see Nokia working with RWE to add other services in connection with smart meters beyond 2009.
Nokia said it is looking to develop a new kind of mobile access to intelligent systems at the home. It will do this through collaboration with partners such as Danfoss, Zensys, Delta Dore, Ensto, and Meishar Immediate Community.