O2 has unveiled its smart home offering in the UK as it looks to persuade a reluctant public to buy the technology.
The mobile operator has launched three packages, which are only initially available to customers in London.
A Home Comfort package includes a tado smart thermostat, two smart plugs and one presence sensor, while a Home View package consists of a Samsung camera, a wide view camera, an open and close sensor, and a presence sensor.
Both come with a “smart hub” that can be managed from a phone-based app and cost £30 per month.
A cheaper Home Connect package – on offer at £20 per month – includes a hub, two presence sensors, two open and close sensors and two smart plugs.
The open and close sensors send an alert when a door or window is opened, while the smart plugs enable customers to turn electrical equipment off and on remotely.
O2 will send staff to install the kit and to fix anything that cannot be resolved remotely by its customer service team. It also promises to carry out an annual check on all the equipment.
Customers can add to the package they select by choosing from an additional 17 products.
These range from a key fob, on offer at £10, to an outdoor camera costing £160.
The launch was accompanied by O2-commissioned research that found that just five percent of the 2,000 people surveyed planned to install smart technology this year.
Another 15 percent did not understand what smart home tech was.
O2 first announced plans to launch a smart home product in the UK back in January.
The operator is using AT&T’s Digital Life platform as the basis for its offering.
Nina Bibby, Marketing and Consumer Director at O2, said: “O2 Home is all about connecting our customers to the people and things that matter.
“Keeping your home up to date with technology shouldn’t be complicated – so we’ve brought together connectivity and smart technology in a simple package to give customers peace of mind wherever they are.
“We’ve made everything simple – with installation experts to help set things up and an app to monitor and control your home 24 hours a day.
“It’s smart technology for everyone, not just the tech-savvy.”