While fully fledged smart home offerings is still in the pipeline for many operators looking to capitalize on the demand for various smart home services, a number of operators have started the ball rolling by introducing innovative off-the-shelf end-user products that can add smart home functionalities to their homes. These devices or 'readers', which can transmit information either on cellular or Wi-Fi, are equipped with sensors and other information gathering technologies that allow them to measure a number of environmental attributes such as humidity, temperature, lighting and power usage and deliver the information to the cloud which will then process and transmit it back onto the end-user devices. The devices are small and light weight and are priced competitively and are being offered to subscribers just like any other device offers made by operators.
October last year, Telefonica debuted the Thinking Things, and just last month, SK Telecom launched a portable air monitoring device known as the Air Cube which enables users to protect themselves from poor or contaminated air by monitoring the accurate air quality in real time. The largest operator in Korea is entering into the smart home space by offering two models of the enables devices - Air Cube C and Air Cube T , priced at KRW 149,000 (USD 134) and KRW 95,000 (USD 86). These devices can be managed via smartphones using Air Cube app on bluetooth 4.0 or above, which is available for free on Google Play, Apple App Store and SK Planet T Store, allowing users to remotely check air quality and to receive real-time push alerts when the air quality reaches specific contamination thresholds.
According to SK, these devices measure 52mm X 52mm X 52mm and weigh only 80 grams. Air Cube enhances people’s health and well-being by monitoring the air quality of the surrounding environment to determine if the conditions are just right for users. Air Cube C measures the level of fine dust particles and carbon dioxide, while Air Cube T offers fine dust level and discomfort index by measuring temperature and humidity.
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