One of the biggest names in telecommunications has taken a leap into the home control field. Nokia announced this week that it is developing a product called the Nokia Home Control Center, which the company said will be part of the "next generation" of security, home automation and household energy management systems.
The product will involve control, using mobile phones, of all aspects of the home, from power and lighting to electronics devices to heating and cooling.
"The home of today has intelligence everywhere, but to date there has not been a solution that is interoperable with wide range of home systems that can easily be controlled," Nokia's vice president and head of corporate business development, Teppo Paavola, said as part of the announcement. "We want to create an open solution where external partners can develop their own solutions and services on top of our platform. We believe that the mobile device is an ideal interface to control home intelligence, especially when the user is not at home."