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Offline arthurmck

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Verizon to Offer Home Security for Less Than $10/Month
« on: July 22, 2011, 12:42:00 pm »
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July 20, 2011 | by Julie Jacobson
Verizon demonstrated a home automation and security solution at CES 2011, but the telco hasn’t said much since January.

Now it appears we have a price for Verizon Home Monitoring and Control, which is powered by Motorola 4Home: $9.99 per month for basic service.

The Tampa Tribune reports that Verizon will offer three levels of service, with the basic package enabling remote monitoring and control of cameras and Z-Wave devices (lighting, motorized door locks, appliances).

A second option includes “energy-monitoring gadgets like automatic thermostats, special Wi-Fi adapters that control appliances and lights, plus a sensor placed on the circuit box to measure whole-house energy use,” according to the article.

A third option gets you both packages, although the Tribune does not report pricing on these other tiers. Verizon has not responded to our sister publication CE Pro’s inquiries about the service.

Verizon expects the products to be installed by consumers themselves – a tactic questioned back in January.

According to the Tribune, “For the most part, customers would install gear themselves, or Verizon will suggest contractors for items like electric circuit panel sensors.”

Verizon is the first major win for 4Home, developer of home automation engines for service providers. The company was acquired by Motorola last year.

4Home (and Verizon) face competition from other SaaS (software as a service) providers in the home monitoring and control space, including:

iControl (powers ADT Pulse, Xfinity/Comcast Home Security, and DSC Connect24)
Alarm.com (employed by GE Security/Interlogix, 2Gig Technologies)
Honeywell Total Connect (also collaborating with Motorola 4Home)
Xanboo (if AT&T ever does anything with it)
Google Android@Home?
Control4 (that’s the plan)
At $9.99, the Verizon service appears to be the least expensive offering among the major players, but the price does not include energy management and professional security monitoring, which alone tends to cost $25 to $30 per month.

ADT Pulse, for example, starts at $47.99 for a basic security and remote monitoring package.

The Comcast/Xfinity Home Security package, utilizing technology from uControl, which was purchased by iControl last year, starts at $40 per month.

Vivint, a large security/home automation dealer, charges $56.98 per month for a security and automation system with remote management capabilities.

Note: Pricing does not include hardware and installation.

http://www.electronichouse.com/article/verizon_to_offer_home_security_for_less_than_10_month/?utm_source=EHWeeklyNewsletter&utm_medium=email


I wonder how much the "sensor placed on the circuit box to measure whole-house energy use" will cost

Offline DeltaNu1142

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Re: Verizon to Offer Home Security for Less Than $10/Month
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011, 08:50:15 am »
I'm in Tampa, and this would interest me.  However, "remote monitoring and control of cameras" (which I could get w/o paying a monthly fee) and "remote monitoring and control of . . . Z-Wave devices" (which I already have) doesn't constitute home security to me.  I think the title of the article is misleading.

That said, maybe having a major service provider will mean that there will finally be more development weight put into home automation.

I wonder what they're thinking "hardware and installation" charges are going to be...  upwards of $100 per switch, I'm willing to bet...
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Re: Verizon to Offer Home Security for Less Than $10/Month
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011, 03:17:29 pm »
So does this system not have or include a security monitoring service like adt and others? Like the previous poster said, most of this stuff can be done without paying a service fee. So unless there is a monitoring service option, then I don't think it would be the greatest home security option.
« Last Edit: August 16, 2011, 11:41:40 am by LorneT »

Offline zmistro

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Re: Verizon to Offer Home Security for Less Than $10/Month
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011, 08:52:28 pm »
There is no real security feature offered. The system is Zwave and uses the same cameras as Schlage and others. The Verizon system will not plug and play with other cameras as they have specific firmwares and  or mac address provisioning.

As far as Zwave all Zwave certified devices will be included in the Verizon Zwave network. However only devices purchased through Verizon will have control through the Verizon customer web portal.

So all in all for the price MCV and Vera is still the way right now.

Offline DeltaNu1142

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Re: Verizon to Offer Home Security for Less Than $10/Month
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2011, 08:23:10 am »
So all in all for the price MCV and Vera is still the way right now.
My whole house is automated, and my monthly fees are...  uhhhm...  $0?  Unless you count the fee I pay to Verizon as my ISP, but I'd have that anyway.
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