Digital News Report – Verizon will be demonstrating their Home Monitoring and Control service at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which will be going on January 6th – 9th in Las Vegas. The home security and control program will allow users to secure their doors remotely, check in with home security cameras, or adjust lighting, thermostats or appliances with either their smartphone, computer or FiOS TV.
Currently Verizon has been testing the home security and monitoring service in a trial phase and expect to have the product available sometime in the first half of 2011. Verizon said that in January they will begin a pilot program in New Jersey for their Home Monitoring and Control security system. Homeowners that are selected to participate will have their home configured to have additional controls and security equipment installed. The equipment additions will include an energy reader, smart appliance switches and thermostats, a smart power strip, motion sensors, a smart door and window locks, an advanced pan-and-tilt camera, and a stationary indoor and an outdoor camera.
The homeowner will be able to lock the doors remotely using their smartphone. If you forgot to turn off the thermostat you can control this as well. Or how about warm up the home before you get home, you could turn up the heat before arriving home. If you are worried about security you can check your home surveillance cameras to see if everything is OK. It also could be good for home monitoring if you have kids coming home to an empty house after school.
There are door lock manufacturers that have remote controlled ways to unlock. There is also many home surveillance security cameras that can be checked in from the Internet. Verizon has worked on incorporating these separate features into an all-in-one service that makes it easier for a homeowner to implement a complete solution.
By Victoria Brown