O2 has partnered with US operator AT&T to kick start its smart home proposition in the UK.
The global announcement, made at CES in Las Vegas, will see O2 take advantage of AT&T’s existing smart home platform, called Digital Life, and bring to the UK in the summer of 2016.
The deal will see O2 leverage the Digital Life software platform and offer products from smart heating device manufacturer tado° and are actively seeking other new hardware partners.
Smart home evolution
According to David Plumb, Digital Director at O2, the evolution of technology in the home is yet to take off, something he claims this new partnership can change.
‘Across a range of sectors, we’ve already seen technology evolve from analogue to digital to smart, he said. ‘But when it comes to our homes, the experience is mostly stuck in analogue. At O2 we are building an ecosystem that will deliver a complete smart home experience. By teaming up with the very best device, platform and service providers, we will be able to give people the smartest tech for their homes.
‘We are pleased to announce our collaboration with AT&T for their Digital Life platform which will integrate old and new devices around the home. We are also keen to hear from others who want to join our ecosystem.’
The battle to create this ecosystem has been heating up throughout the last year, with chipmakers and manufacturers alike looking for ways to speed up the adoption of smart home technology.
AT&T’s smart home platform has been gaining traction amongst big name manufacturers looking to move into the smart home space. Samsung, LG and Qualcomm all formed partnerships with the operator in 2015, which proved to be a year where big investments were made in the connected market.
Panasonic and Samsung both kicked off their smart home strategies in the second half of the year, with the latter particularly vocal in creating an IoT ecosystem, in which UK mobile boss Conor Pierce told Mobile connected devices would play a ‘pivotal’ role in 2016.