In Spring 2012, Comcast launched its new XFINITY Home Security Service in Chicago. The launch in Chicago incorporated central and northern Illinois, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan. The company first unveiled its new home security system in Houston about two years ago, and since then, the company has expanded into over 20 different markets across the country.
XFINITY Home Security Offers Plenty of Features and Functions
Comcast’s XFINITY Home security systems offer all the high-tech features and functions you would expect from a company like Comcast. For starters, it runs on a WiFi (wireless) network, so that you don’t have to deal with a lot of clumsy cables lying around your home. With the system, you can watch a live video feed from any Internet-enabled device (such as, Smartphone, iPad, or computer).
The main control panel is a tablet-sized unit with a touch screen. It looks much like an iPad, and you can use it to control cameras, thermostats, doors, and windows throughout your home. Comcast has joined some of the big hitters like Verizon Wireless and ADT to offer a comprehensive system that allows you to monitor your home with a mobile device.
In general, mobility is an important aspect of the home security system because it allows you to set up text and email alerts on your Smartphone when one of your doors opens or closes, or if one of your windows breaks. For example, if some kids are playing ball, and one of them throws a ball through your window, you’ll receive an instant email alert on your computer or iPad.
Protect Your Home and Family with XFINITY Home Security
If a burglar tries to break into your home, you’ll be able to see the live image remotely, allowing you to contact the police immediately. The small, tablet-sized control unit includes panic buttons for contacting either the police or fire department immediately.
People are saying the new XFINITY Home Security system reminds them of The Jetsons cartoons of the early 70’s. Although, it won’t cook your meal for you at the touch of a button, the system comes equipped with a small, tablet-sized control unit that displays icons for security and home automation.
You can also plug video cameras into the system, allowing you to view streaming video from a remote location. For example, you can use one video camera to monitor the front gate, and another to check the garage door to see whether it’s open or shut. If you’re on vacation in Italy, you can still keep a close eye on your home via your iPad or iPhone. Or, if your kids aren’t home from school before 5 p.m., you can set up an email alert that tells you whether the front door was opened at that time.
The XFINITY Home Security System uses both Wi-Fi and 3G connections in case one of the other fails. You can plug into a compatible alarm system, if desired.
With a subscription rate of only $30 a month, and an installation fee of $200, the XFINITY Home system is surprisingly affordable.
The following are some additional security features that XFINITY offers:
- The system monitors your home 24/7, and responds when alarms are detected.
- A battery backup is included with he system’s power supply—so you’re always connected, even in a power outage.
- XFINITY also includes a cellular backup for your system at no additional charge.
- With the climate control feature, you can save up to 15% on your energy bills.
The Future Looks Bright for XFINITY Home Security
With the advent of Wi-Fi devices like Smartphones, iPads and tablets, consumers continue to adopt home security systems in the near future. ABI Research predicts that U.S. shipments of home automation systems will grow 43 percent over the next 15 years, and revenues will increase by eleven percent.
In the early ’60s and ’70s, security systems were designed to alert the police or fire department about an emergency. That’s about it.
In the near future, Comcast will offer all the traditional home security services people have come to expect and more. In the years to come, smart home capabilities will become even more commonplace in every home. For example, you’ll be able to set up wireless cameras through your home, and view live videos from remote locations.
Due to of its enormous reach for both Cable TV and Internet, Comcast has an edge over the competition. As smart homes become more common among homeowners, people will be able to choose Comcast as a one-stop shop for voice, data, video, security, and more.