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.
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.
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 Zwave.me 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
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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 email@example.com
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