Author: Jim Machi – General Manager CCD, Sangoma
In my previous blog, I mentioned that a smart home is a complicated place today. There are a myriad number of systems that are available to add to a wireless network. You’re still at the mercy of your Wi-Fi range.
A service provider could tie all of these different smart home networks together in the form of an IoT / AI / Wi-Fi / LTE / 5G hub. This hub could then control all these functions from a single software application. The software application would need to be able to control different smart devices, but also enable them to work seamlessly in either a Wi-Fi or mobile context. In other words, provide unique always-on connectivity no matter which network you have at your disposal. With all the different manufactures today, a service provider is the only company that could offer this level of integrated communication.
While many smart devices are out there monitoring and monitoring and monitoring away, once there is an “anomaly” it would likely require real-time communication interaction. Real-time communication certainly has a place in the IoT market. If an automated sensor, or some AI integrated engine like Watson notices an anomaly, something is wrong or at least appears wrong. This would then require some attention and interaction. At the minimum, a phone call or video call would certainly be necessary. And who knows how to do real-time communication better than a service provider?
Having a service provider take the lead in this communication gestalt would allow them to provide a unified hub that would allow access to a smart home via the greatest number of options.