French Telecom Giant Orange Launches €10/month DIY Home Automation

Vera/Mios anchors Homelive home automation kit from French telecom giant Orange, which also includes peripherals from Fibaro and Aeon Labs.

Orange Homelive DIY home automation service. (image: Abvala)
Julie Jacobson · November 7, 2014

Vera, the Z-Wave-enabled product piece of the MiOS home automation platform, has never gotten the kind of buzz that newcomers Wink, SmartThings and now-defunct Revolv have garnered in the U.S.

But the product and platform are well established and beloved by a small but growing number of enthusiasts here. Now Vera is getting its due in France, where telecom giant Orange has launched a €10/month smart home solution, called Homelive, based on Vera or, more correctly, MiOS.

MiOS is the platform that powers Vera (formerly Mi Casa Verde), the home automation hub. There is a SHaaS (smart home as a service) cloud component to the solution, but it also operates independent of the cloud within the home.

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In the Orange version, the hardware includes a cellular radio for remote access even when the Internet is down.

A basic Homelive kit includes a base station from Vera and a door/window, motion and smoke sensor from Fibaro. While the already-subsidized retail price of the kit is €79 ($98), Orange is offering the package for €1 ($1.24)  with a one-year subscription of €9.99 per month.

Additional peripherals are available at full retail price, including an Aeotec/Aeon siren (€99), a Fibaro water leak detector (€59) and a Sercomm camera (price NA). Z-Wave devices from Wintop and also are available through Orange.

The telecom has plans to incorporate IP-enabled devices in the future, including Philips Hue, Neatmo weather station and health-related wearables.

Orange is one of the largest operators of mobile and Internet services in Europe and Africa, and a global leader in corporate telecommunications services.

The company had 2013 revenues of nearly €41 billion, with 178.5 million mobile subscribers (15.1% in France) and 15.5 million broadband customers (65.3% in France).

The Homelive program in France is two weeks old and, we are told, selling way above forecasts.

Orange customers and financials

Homelive base - front (image: Abvala)

Homelive base - rear (image: Abvala)

Fibaro sensors included in Homelive kit

More information about the product and the rollout, along with images, can be found at Abavala (translated to English).
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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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