Rogers’ security service rolls into Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe area

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:18pm
Mike Robuck

Rogers Communications has expanded the availability of its Smart Home Monitoring service into Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, which includes Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and other areas.

"We're thrilled to now offer Rogers Smart Home Monitoring to residents of the Golden Horseshoe," said Ian Pattinson, vice-president and general manager, Rogers Smart Home Monitoring. "Since we launched a year and a half ago, our customers continue to discover new system features that keep their homes and families secure while helping them better manage their daily lives for ultimate peace of mind."

Rogers was the first cable operator to launch a home automation and security platform in Canada in September of 2011. Since then, Bell Aliant, Eastlink and AT&T have announced similar services.

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 a “system upgrader,” which allows the reuse of legacy sensors, keypads and panels.

Rogers uses an IP-based dual network connection to enable its service. The system remotely monitors everything together from water leaks, carbon monoxide levels, cameras, lighting, appliances and thermostat temperatures, and allows customers to customize automation rules to their needs.

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.

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


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