Nokia is planning a new initiative called the Home Control Center, where customers will be able to access, monitor and control some of the features in their homes, such as electricity usage, security systems, pre-heating an oven and even answering the doorbell via their mobile phone.
The initiative, which the world's largest handset maker announced late last week, is expected to be commercially available by the end of 2009. Concrete pricing on the proposal has not been released.
"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," said Teppo Paavola, Nokia's vice president of corporate development. "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."