Verizon home monitoring and control service enables users to control homes

Verizon announced that its new Home Monitoring and Control service
creates a smart home for customers by putting technology in their hands,
freeing them to access and control their homes from anywhere.

The service enables customers to remotely access, control and monitor
doors, thermostat controls and appliances well as view home-energy use in
near-real time all via a smart phone, PC, FiOS TV and, eventually, a
connected tablet.

“Making the smart home a reality is another way Verizon is breaking
down barriers between ‘home’ and ‘away’ to support a borderless
lifestyle,” said Eric Bruno, vice president of product management for

Thanks to a connected energy reader, Verizon Online’s new service lets customers view their energy usage in near-real-time
and study energy consumption over periods of time.

“In our U.S. consumer survey, home monitoring and home control
services rank high in desirability among both broadband and mobile users,”
said Vince Vittore, principal analyst for the Yankee Group.

“We believe both have become must-have services for all broadband
and mobile providers. The fact that Verizon Home Monitoring and Control is
built to seamlessly function on the customer’s computer, smartphone and FiOS TV
screen, is a significant differentiating factor for this new digital home
product,” Vittore added.

Verizon is offering the service for $9.99 per month. Equipment packages
begin at $69.99, and a variety of connected devices allow customers to
customize to their individual needs while gaining savings over the retail
prices.  Do-it-yourself customers are provided tutorials and information,
while customers who prefer to have equipment professionally installed are
referred to local installers via InstallerNet.

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