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Rogers queues up home automation in Newfoundland, New Brunswick

Fri, 01/25/2013 - 3:01pm
Mike Robuck

Rogers said its home automation and home security platform, which is called Smart Home Monitoring, would be available soon in Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

Rogers said the service would be available over the coming months after it gains licensing approvals. Since home automation and security systems need to be tied in to emergency services in the areas where they’re deployed, there’s typically an approval process in place.
 
"We know Canadians want to be connected wherever they go. With Smart Home Monitoring from Rogers, we have enabled Canadians to stay connected online to their homes wherever they are," said Ian Pattinson, vice president and general manager at Rogers Communications. "Last year, we brought this connected home of the future to Ontarians in the Rogers cable footprint, and we are pleased to announce our plans to expand this service to Newfoundland and New Brunswick and complete service availability in English and French."

Rogers was the first cable operator to launch a home automation and security platform in September of last year. Since then, Bell Aliant, which announced its service yesterday, Eastlink and AT&T have announced similar services. Earlier this month, AT&T announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that its home automation service would be launched in eight markets in March and rolled out to 50 markets by the end of the year.

In the United States, Comcast, Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications have all launched home automation and security services.

Earlier this week, Cox Communications announced its Home Security service was available to its customers in Virginia.

Like Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox and Comcast, Rogers is using iControl for its software. For the control tablet, Rogers has devices from SMC Networks and Technicolor, both of which are also in play on Comcast’s Xfinity Home service.

Since its initial launch, Rogers has added numerous new features, including indoor/outdoor night vision cameras; functionality over any broadband service; apps for Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows 8 devices; and “system upgrader,” which allows the reuse of legacy sensors, keypads and panels.

Rogers Smart Home Monitoring costs roughly $39.95 a month plus an installation fee.

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