Vodafone Germany and Panasonic announced they have agreed to collaborate on a pilot experiment aimed at realising IoT-based home appliances utilising NB-IoT technology.
The two companies plan to start evaluation tests with NB-IoT-enabled home appliances are scheduled to take place in Frankfurt, Germany, starting this autumn.
Connected home appliances using NB-IoT technologies would allow users to connect their devices, using a cellular network, to cloud services simply via plug and play.
The joint project with Vodafone kicks off with testing Panasonic products such as air-conditioners, and exploring low bandwidth functionality for remote control and maintenance. Panasonic and Vodafone plan further testing to evaluate the successful incorporation of NB-IoT technology into a variety of Panasonic consumer appliances.
By connecting home appliances using LPWA technology, Panasonic and Vodafone plan to create new experiences and values for customers in the IoT era.Panasonic said it is also going to start a pilot experiment for IoT home appliances using LPWA networks in Japan in cooperation with Japan's leading mobile operator from this autumn.