SureWest Communications is serving up a nationwide remote monitoring service to its customers, allowing them to monitor activities in their homes through computers or wireless devices such as cell phones and PDAs.

SureWest’s Remote Monitoring service can be programmed to deliver live or recorded video images and stills, as well as senor notifications for items such as motion, door and window activity, water leakage and temperature change.

“This new and advanced product provides customers with an innovative and convenient way to keep a protective eye on the things that are most valuable in their lives,” said Bill DeMuth, SureWest’s SVP and CTO. “It’s an affordable and simple option when it comes to managing and monitoring your home or office. You can control your kitchen lights, check on pets, receive e-mail alerts if a window is opened or watch your kids come home from school from virtually anywhere in the world.”

The service is available to subscribers in SureWest’s footprint and requires a high-speed Internet connection. Customers access the monitoring equipment through a Web-based portal.

A starter package of equipment used with the service features an IP camera, door/window sensor, wireless gateway and software/instructions and is available for a one-time cost of $199.99. The service is provided for $9.99 per month, or for a one-time annual payment of $105.99 for a full year of service.

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