Where customers answer questions and share ideas about our products and services

104 posts

Telstra Smart Home Ideas

Welcome to the Ideas Hub – the place for you to pitch your ideas for new Smart Home devices.

We love hearing the great ideas you have about the future of Smart Home, and the new devices you’d like to see. Pitch your idea for a new Smart Home device or capability. Other community members can review, comment and vote on your idea. We’ll pick the best and brightest ideas and work with you to develop them further. Your idea will then have a shot at being included on our official product roadmap and become part of the Smart Home range.

Being an early adopter, every idea you pitch in this thread will automatically qualify as a top idea in the Ideas Hub. When we launch, your idea will be front and centre for new Smart Home community members to see!

So, pitch your ideas to us. We’re excited to see what you have in mind.

New Idea

Would it be more possible with the automation section of the app, if you had the opportunity to list the automations on tabs, with the following headings,

 

All            Away       Holiday       Home

 

With the current listing, if you have quite a few automations it can be difficult to see which ones you have created for different situations. This would simplify things.

 

Cheers

Brett

 

 

 

 

Status: Investigating

HI]i @brettski68,

 

Great idea!  I'll pass it over to our App developer and see if we can get this added to our next release. 

 

Regards,

Nathan 

I have a idea, why don’t we get the system to recognise your devices location (presumably phone) and it determines that you have left the building, so it automatically turns on the AWAY mode and vice versa when your phone turns up at home it returns the system mode to Home mode, that way I wont have to remember to change modes when entering or leaving home.

Status: Investigating

Mode automation

Status: New
by DCuddon on ‎15-11-2016 10:14 AM

Guys,

I really love the kit and the options it allows.

As per another suggestion, it would be so much easier to use the system if we could further automate Mode changes.

The ultimate for automating between Home and Away would be GeoCaching.  My household has 3 phones, and if all of them were away based on GPS location, it could automate the Away mode.  I understand that may not be the easiest though.

Other alternatives could be to use Wi-Fi connectivity of the phone, or Bluetooth proximity.

Is that a viable alternative?

Dave.

Tasmania Smart Home Comp:

Status: New
by JesseQuinn on ‎22-11-2016 12:28 PM

I've had a bit more of a look into the other options that this smart home connection offers and there are actually a lot more devices/appliances I would be interested in obtaining once we have built our home next year.

 

Lockwood Smart Lock:

This will be a fantastic value add for us, as we will not be required to stay at home if we need to have trades people over to fix something, or we will not be left venerable leaving our keys inside the house as we will always have access..

 

At the same time as purchasing the above we will look into getting the Smart light bulbs for the lounge/hallway and childrens bed rooms, by having these I can always ensure we are minimising our power consumption by turning the lights off remotely. Our children always seem to turn the lights on when they are leaving a room.

 

Great work on what is currently on offer team! I look forward to seeing other applications and future ways of connecting the Smart home as this product matures and grows with the needs of our consumers!

Smoke and Gas Detector

Status: Investigating
by Omen13 on ‎27-11-2016 11:26 AM

A smoke and gas detector would add a great safety aspect to the system.

 

Create automation's that turn on all the lights and unlock the doors when smoke or gas is detected during the night.

 

Receive an alert while at work, check the cameras and call the fire brigade before the fire is visible to your neighbours.

Status: Investigating

Indoor and Outdoor Siren / Screamer

Status: New
by Omen13 on ‎27-11-2016 11:42 AM

Incorporating an indoor and outdoor siren/screamer would help to round out the security aspects of the system.

 

An audible deterrent and one that could be activated remotely after receiving and checking the alert from your motion activated camera, could prevent a burglary and damage to property.

 

Already available for other systems on the market, this would be a welcome addition.

Loving the smart home, have an idea...

by fractal on ‎02-11-2016 05:35 PM

I have the monitor kit and think its absolutely awesome.

How good would it be if we could get a smart "button" that set the app to away or holiday mode that we could stick near the door like an arming button for an alarm? I admit i've forgotton to set to away a couple of times, and this might be really cool. What Do you guys think?

Pet entry and Exit from Home

Status: New
by StaresMatt on ‎22-11-2016 01:38 PM

With the ability to set timers and control the climate of your home during these hotter months, I would be interested to see the integration of sensor pet collars.

 

I picture this happening with either something like a Dog/Cat flap with a motion sensor (already in market) which would then set off an automation for switching on the A/C on a timer, or even to the extent of a motion sensor and (in the future) actuators to physically open and the door itself.

 

I know with our Labrador, he always wants a nicer place to sleep during the day, so the ability to enter the house as he pleases would be ideal.

Touch iD Support

Status: Investigating
by HarrisonH on ‎15-01-2017 01:42 PM

I woud be great if Telstra could add Touch iD on the iPhone.

Many apps have already addopted as a method of logging in and sercuring apps.

Would be a great alternative to a pin or your username and password

Status: Investigating

Hi @HarrisonH,

 

I've passed this onto our our App developer and they're looking into it. 

 

Regards,

Nathan 

Medi Alert Automation

Status: Investigating
by StaresMatt on ‎24-02-2017 10:54 AM

 

I was thinking the other week when assissting my Grandmother with her Medi Alert device,
Is there any way to get these added to the smart home list in the future.

 

The Idea that I had for an automation would involve

- Medi alert pressed (follows its own processes)
- Indoor Cameras Switch on and record
- Notification sent to Specific contact(s)


I believe this could allow for better response from first aiders as the contact could be watching the camera and updating the emergency services of the situation as needed.

Status: Investigating

Hi @StaresMatt, this is a great way how Smart Home can support our current needs.  Our population continues to age and a solution like this is one way how we can provide improvements to life. 

 

Great suggestion! 

 

Regards,

Nathan 

Telstra Smart Home

Status: Needs Info
by Lissanne on ‎08-04-2017 09:32 AM

I have looked at the Smart Home site and it appears to me that smart home has one MAJOR flaw and that is if your home loses power it all stops! After losing power (and two freezers) what I am looking for in a smart home is a device with battery back-up that will send a message to my mobile letting me know that my home has lost power.

This wouls be a great improvement. I worked for Telstra for 37 years and am a shareholder so I want Telstra to be successful!

Status: Needs Info

Hi @Lissanne

 

Good sugggestion regarding battery back up.  I'll talk to the device team to see if we can look into one.

 

How long are you thinking the battery should last for? 

 

You can also setup an automation to send an SMS when the Hub looses conenctivity, this is a great automation to use when your internet is down or you loose power.  You can also set an automation up to notify you when connectivity is restore, this is great to use if your not home and want to make sure the internet or power is back up and running. 

 

Regards,

Nathan 

LONGER USAGE LEVELS

Status: New
by DRAGNZ on ‎06-05-2017 08:14 PM
THE DAILY LIMIT IS TOO SMALL FOR THE SMART HOME ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS.

THEIR NEEDS TO BE MORE CONFIGURATION OF LENGTH OF VIDEOS 15 SEC CLIPS JUST DOES NOT CUT IT.

PHOTOS NEED TO TAKE MORE THAN 5 SNAPS OR YOU CAN INTERVAL THE AMOUNT OF TIME TO THE PHOTOS TO BE TAKEN CURRENTLY IM HAVE THE VIDEO AND THE PHOTO AT THE SAME TIME AND THE VIDEO IS PICKING UP THE PERSON BUT THE PHOTOS DON'T TAKE ENOUGH OF PHOTOS TO SEE THE PERSON THIS IS A BIG ISSUE!

IFTTT Support

Status: New
by HarrisonH on ‎23-01-2017 11:39 AM

Would be great to have IFTTT Suport as this would open a whole new world for 3rd party intergration. Ifttt works with Arlo, Philps Hue, Google Drive, Spotify, Wemo, Amazon Echo, Google Home and a whole lot of other things.

For Example, you set spotify to start playing music when you arive home. or ask Google Home or Alexa to Switch to (Home Mode, Away Mode, Holliday Mode) with maybe a pin you say out loud ?

 

https://ifttt.com/

 

 

 

 

ideas

Status: Needs Info
by dirtbag2 on ‎08-01-2017 10:07 AM

Play a sound when a "NEW ACTIVITY STREAM " is logged.

 

Delete mutible images/videos instead of one at a time.

Status: Needs Info

Tasmania Smart Home Comp:

Status: New
by JesseQuinn on ‎22-11-2016 10:02 AM

i really like the idea of having a smart home setup provided by Telstra. i would find value in both the Automation and Energy Starter Kit and the Watch and monitor Starter Kit

 

Automation and Energy Starter Kit:

The idea of having visibility on if a door/window is open or closed would provide a great peice of mind, having two young children i could easily view if they have opened a window before leaving for a school run in the morning saving much needed time getting two children ready.

By using the Smart Plugs we could have our hallway lamp setup so as we are arriving home we can turn this on to provide light when entering our home as currently at our rental property the light switch is on the other end of the hallway.

 

 

 Watch and Monitor Starter Kit:

along with the previous start kit i would use the Door/Window sensors in the same fashion. i would purchase 5 more indoor Wi-fi HD Cameras to monitor my home whilst we are away on our frequent over night trips to bruny Island to ensure our home is safe.

 

something i would love to see built into the whole Smart Home setup roadmap would be a B2B monitoring aspect to the camera's/Motion Sensers under a payed subscription choice along with this an outdoor camera to monitor the front and back yard.

APPLE WATCH APP

Status: New
by DRAGNZ 2 weeks ago
BEING ABLE TO USE APPLE WATCH APP TO ACTIVATE HOUSE HOLD SERVICES. And videos and picture can be viewed from your wrist not just directly from your phone.
Also being able to see the usage of all picture SMS videos and emails.
And also being able activate your away home holiday night by the touch of the app on your apple watch instead of getting your mobile phone out.

Security system

Status: New
by Level 21: Augmented on ‎19-11-2016 12:40 PM

I find it quite hard to believe that smart home is a subscription service but with no form of alarm or back to base monitoring.

 

For it to be a good platform you need to provide some sort of alarm, maybe including a speaker in the cameras and alert you for motion when you are away so you can scare robbers or something

Garden Irrigation system control

Status: New
by Peter018 on ‎22-05-2017 01:50 PM

When you're away from home for days at a time, it would be good to control your home garden irrigation system from your mobile device.

This could be as simple as having a Smart Home interface device that has 4 to 8 outputs (with either simple relay contact closures or 24vAC output) that turns on and off your watering system solenoid valves much the same way as you toggle your smart power plugs on and off.

Your average water timer system just turns solenoid on and off at pre-determined intervals, but with Smart Home control, if you know it's raining at home, you can turn the water off or conversely if the day is hotter and dryer than expected, you can turn some water on remotely.

Thanks

Peter 

Sensor

Status: Investigating
by Rajj on ‎10-04-2017 08:55 AM
A sensor that was able to turn on/off things based on the amount of light available. Currently, I can set my lights on or off based on a time, or sunrise/sunset. However, this means sometime lights turn on when it's not quite needed, or don't turn on when we do need it. It's not the right sensor to cover the need.

A sensor that could turn on my porch light when the available light drops below a certain point would be amazing.
Status: Investigating

Hi @Rajj,

 

The device your thinking of is it like a daylight timer?  I've got one installed at my house and it works ok but i would love some more functionality out of it. 

 

Regards,

Nathan 

Operations based on GPS location & weather

Status: New
by Leigh-S on ‎17-11-2016 01:26 AM

Since my phone (or any householders phone) knows my location, on approaching home the garage door is opened if it is not already open and unlocks the door if not unlocked.  The reverse would occur on leaving.  It would take into account other phones / motion sensors to know if someone is home so the first person leaving would not lock the house / garage but the departure of person 2 or 3 would.

 

Integrate the whole system with a weather station. Rain causes garage door / windows to close.  External temperature / UV index / sunlight would allow devices to only turn on when your solar panels are generating enough power.  Integrate Solar panel monitoring system with home automation.