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Telstra connects its customers to next-gen eSIM technology for wearables

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Posted on September 13, 2017

2 min read

I’m excited to announce the launch today of Telstra One Number – new technology that connects wearable devices directly to our mobile network and extends our customer’s smartphone mobile number to the device. This new embedded SIM card technology means our customers will soon be able to make and receive phone calls, and check and send text messages, from their compatible wearable device without needing their smartphone with them.

What is eSIM technology?

eSIM literally means “embedded SIM”, and should not be confused with “soft sim” as it still requires some hardware on the device to operate. Think of it as a normal SIM that is 10 times smaller and built into the device hardware at time of manufacture. The eSIM profile is downloaded to the eSIM on the device to activate it on the network.

What are the benefits?

Up until now, customers have had to pair their smartphone with their wearable using Bluetooth to access calls, messages and notifications on their wearables. The ability to connect a wearable, like a smartwatch, directly to a mobile network and integrate an existing mobile number will make these devices even more powerful companions.

What does this mean for the future of wearables?

Telstra One Number marks an exciting new era as it paves the way for a new generation of wearables with evolved designs and voice and data integration. And because eSIMs are smaller than typical SIM cards, the technology will help designers bring connectivity and calling to a broader range of smaller wearable devices – from clothing and health monitors right through to fitness trackers and watches.

How does it work?

Once a wearable and a mobile device are successfully synced and connected to our network, both devices will share a customer’s mobile plan inclusions such as calls, text and data.

Telstra One Number will be available on a range of upcoming devices over the next 12 months. Click for more information.

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Smart Home: Curb your appliance anxiety

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Posted on April 7, 2017

2 min read

John Chambers looks at how smart home technology can help Australians prevent Appliance Anxiety from ruining their Easter getaways.

As millions of Australians, including my family, get ready to head away for the Easter long weekend, there’s one question that’s sure to be heard in cars around the country – “Did I turn the iron off?”

The long weekend is supposed to be a time for rest and relaxation – and chocolate – not for stressing about an empty home and all the things we might have forgotten to do before we left.

Thankfully I’ve found a way to silence those questions and curb my own Appliance Anxiety with Telstra Smart Home.

Now we can turn off appliances from our phones even if we’re already on the road. We can make sure the front door’s locked and windows are closed, find out if there’s any movement around the house while we’re away, and set lights to go on and off at night so it looks like there’s someone there throughout the weekend.

Find out how you can turn your house into a smart home at www.telstra.com.au/smarthome

Telstra Smart Home requires a home broadband connection and home Wi-Fi network and must be activated via the free iOS or Android Telstra Smart Home App (data charges may apply).

Stats are based on research conducted by Pure Profile, 20 March 2017, amongst 1250 surveyed Australians aged 18 or above.

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VIDEO: Does Australia want smarter homes?

Tech and Innovation

Posted on February 9, 2017

1 min read

John Chambers catches up with some of Australia’s technology leaders to look at whether Australians are ready to embrace smart technology at home.

When we talk about smart homes, you most likely picture The Jetsons, talking fridges or technology that’s only available to the rich and famous. But what about the tech that’s available right now? Is it a just gimmick, or can it actually help your household?

As more products become available and affordable, we’re starting to see a shift away from home automation being just for the tech-savvy early adopters. Smart home technology is now helping every day Australian households to keep an eye on things when they’re not home, energy management, and even household harmony.

I recently sat down with some of Australia’s tech thought-leaders, Catherine Caruana-McManus, Matt Hopkins, Dr Lior Rauchberger and Joanna Batstone think Australian homes are about to get smarter.

Check out Telstra Smart Home at telstra.com/smarthome

 

 

 

 

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Introducing Telstra Smart Home

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Posted on November 15, 2016

3 min read

Telstra Smart Home is about to make your home a whole lot smarter and your life that little bit easier writes John Chambers.

Available online and in select stores from today, Telstra Smart Home lets you set your home up so you can feel like you’re at home, even when you’re not there.

Connecting compatible smart devices like light globes, motion sensors and cameras to Telstra Smart Home means they can talk to each other and work together to make things around the house run a little smoother.

Whether it’s helping you keep up to speed with your busy life or keeping an eye on your loved ones and pets when you’re out and about, the way you set up your Telstra Smart Home is totally in your control.

With motion sensors, cameras, lightbulbs, a thermostat, smart power plugs and a smart door lock all talking to each other through the Smart Home platform, it’s easy to customise Telstra Smart Home to you and your family’s lifestyle.

All you need is home broadband, a reliable in-home Wi-Fi set up and an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet to get started.

From today, you can sign up to Telstra Smart Home for just $25 per month for 24 months (minimum cost $600) which includes access to the service and your choice of one of two Smart Home starter kits:

  • Watch and Monitor’ Starter Kit gives you peace of mind by allowing you to keep an eye on things when you’re away from home. The kit comes with two door or window motion sensors, and an indoor HD Wi-Fi Camera that can be set up to record video and take photos, or viewed live from the Telstra Smart Home App.
  • Automation and Energy’ Starter Kit comes with two smart power plugs, two door or window sensors and a motion sensor, helping you automate lamps or other appliances and control your use of energy.

Both starter kits also include a Telstra Smart Home Hub – which is the heart of your Smart Home, connecting all of your devices to one another.

If you want to make your home even smarter, you can choose from our range of additional certified devices, including lightbulbs, a smart thermostat, the Lockwood smart lock, indoor and outdoor cameras, motion sensors, door and window sensors and smart power plugs.

And you can expect more devices to be added to Telstra Smart Home early next year.

For more information on Telstra Smart Home, visit www.telstra.com.au/smart-home, or check out our announcement from earlier this year.

What you need to know:

Telstra Smart Home requires a home broadband connection, home Wi-Fi and must be setup via the iOS or Android Telstra Smart Home App (data charges may apply).

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Beyond, Channel Seven and Telstra bring you ‘Beyond 2020’

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Posted on November 10, 2016

2 min read

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Many of you might remember the television program that ran from the 1980s and 1990s called ‘Beyond 2000’.  I remember everyone at the time being enthralled with what might be possible thanks to technology when the clocks ticked over to the new millennium.  The year 2000 seemed the distant future at the time!

The internet as we know it today did not even exist then but that didn’t stop people thinking about driverless cars, hover boards, and robots that would cook us meals and clean the house. Well fast forward to present day, 16 years beyond 2000, and it is reasonable to say we are in a place where some of these concepts have become or are in the process of becoming a reality.

So it only seems fitting that the next logical question is what is next? What can we expect Beyond 2020?

Telstra in conjunction with Beyond Productions and Channel Seven have joined together to bring Beyond 2020 to televisions screens in two great episodes.

The first episode airs on Monday 14 November at 8.40pm and episode two on Monday 21 November at 9.30pm on Seven.

The program explores everything from the Internet of Things, to robotics, drones and driverless cars, to virtual and augmented reality, to the future of online shopping.  Plus all the exciting developments in smart home, which is close to my heart.

The Beyond team circled the globe to bring the best of the best in technology and talent to the program, including some inspiring folks from Telstra including our Group Executive Technology,  Innovation and Strategy, Stephen Elop, and muru-D co-founder, Annie Parker.

 

Sneak Peek!

We have been able to get our hands on some ‘behind the scenes’ footage prior to the show going to air – take a sneak peek at the video above. See how your life will be transformed with this exclusive look at our future. See Australia Beyond 2020, Monday 21 November, 9.30 pm.

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