Calix, Inc. has announced that SmartThings, the global provider of smart home automation, will join the Revenue EDGE ecosystem.Calix says, this new partnership represents, a tremendous new opportunity for communications service providers (CSPs) to create phenomenal connected experiences in their subscribers’ homes.
Through this partnership, Calix will deliver new applications on the Revenue EDGE, offering CSPs the ability to manage connectivity to more than 1500 certified devices from over 120 partners around the world. This service uses a carrier-class Wi-Fi and IoT system, the GigaSpire, to deliver what it describes as “an unparalleled experience that is supported through an integrated mobile app and fully managed by the CSP with Calix Support Cloud.”
According to recent research from Gartner, by 2020 there will be an estimated 165 million smart home devices installed in the US alone. By 2025, Gartner estimates the average U.S. home will have more than 100 connected devices. This explosive growth in connected devices requires new thinking with respect to connecting, controlling, and most importantly, managing these separate devices.
The challenge has been delivering on this promise of a simple, connected experience that can be fully managed. With the addition of SmartThings to the Revenue EDGE ecosystem, CSPs will be in the ideal position to manage the experience and delight their subscribers while monetising the added value.
“SmartThings has vast distribution internationally, but this partnership is significant, as we are making it easier for communication service providers to be front and centre in the home,” says Doug Burman, vice president of engineering for SmartThings. “Together, SmartThings and Calix are doing all of the hard work behind the scenes so that Revenue EDGE customers can delight their subscribers with a fully integrated experience.”
“We are thrilled to have SmartThings join the Revenue EDGE ecosystem, as it is one of the transcendent brands in smart home and IoT,” comments Michael Weening, executive VP of field operations for Calix. “This partnership will be the ninth service to be added to the Revenue EDGE and is significant because it enables CSPs of all sizes to provide a Samsung managed offering for the subscriber’s home, enabled by Calix Support Cloud.”
“Furthermore, CSPs are able to leverage the insights derived from Calix Marketing Cloud to understand the needs of their subscribers and leverage the extensive SmartThings ecosystem to build bespoke retail offerings leveraging their own and partner IoT devices. This allows CSPs to create the IoT experiences their subscribers desire, manage them at the lowest cost possible, and ensure they continue to advance their value in the subscribers’ homes and lives.”