There is nothing new in Ireland about controlling smart appliances using GSM and Internet Technology. This technology allows the home owner to switch on or off appliances such as heating, washing machines etc.
A new technology being tested in Canada utilises FM radio the Canadian national broadcaster has partenered with the Toronto based company e-Radio Inc The data is delivered over an FM sub channel.
The attractive feature of this technology is the fact that FM radio is widely available and cover geographic areas where internet access may not be available. Low tech had a way of becoming the best tech.