Smart White Goods
The existing smart white goods use Wi-Fi and have many drawbacks such as complicated configurations, limited coverage, and poor mobility. For example, the Wi-Fi solution cannot meet the requirements for mobility. The positions and status of white goods from factories to households cannot be monitored and unauthorized transshipment cannot be controlled. Due to limited coverage of Wi-Fi, frequently disconnected white goods lead to a low network access rate. Statistics show that the online availability of smart white goods has dropped to less than 5% in three years, which cannot maximize the benefits of smart white goods.
NB-IoT Enables Smart White Goods
The NB-IoT-based Smart White Goods Solution is available upon network access and does not require configurations, bringing high online availability of household appliances. Featuring inherent high mobility, the solution can prevent unauthorized cross-regional transshipment. Therefore, sellers cannot earn profits by setting different prices in different regions and bring economic losses to household appliance vendors.
The solution offers wide indoor coverage and high online availability of household appliances. It can remotely monitor the usage and status of white goods and help maintenance personnel remotely position and maintain them.
The solution can utilize the usage data of white goods for Big Data analysis, provide household appliance vendors with value-added services, and explore new business opportunities.
Huawei has collaborated with Haier and Little Swan and completed interconnection tests. 200,000 pieces of smart white goods are expected to be shipped by the end of 2017.