Vodafone, Samsung to offer consumer IoT products

Samsung IoT solutionsVodafone Group has joined hands with Samsung to launch consumer Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Home product and services in selected European markets.

The V-Home by Vodafone brings together Samsung’s SmartThings open platform and the V by Vodafone consumer IoT system launched in November 2017 to offer consumers powerful home automation, security and safety products and services.

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Analysts estimate that by 2020 there will be more than 290 million consumer smart home devices in the countries in which Vodafone operates, up from around 45 million today.

V-Home by Vodafone provides immediate alerts to the customer’s smartphone in the event of a home intrusion. It enables remote automation of home appliances and utilities, including voice activation via home voice assistants.

Vodafone will launch V-Home by Vodafone with the Samsung SmartThings Wifi hub in Spain and Germany in Q2 2018.

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao said: “The Internet of Things is transforming the world of work; now, it will transform the home. V-Home by Vodafone makes it easy for consumers to protect family and property and enhance home life with innovative technologies underpinned by the strength of the Vodafone network.”

DJ Koh, president of Samsung Electronics’ IT and Mobile Division, said: “By bringing together V-Home by Vodafone, the SmartThings open platform and our SmartThings app we are offering customers a simple-to-operate management system for a growing range of smart home products that will enrich their lives.”