Frontier makes smart home play with Wi-Fi video monitoring service
Frontier Communications (Nasdaq: FTR) has made another step in developing a presence in the emerging smart home market segment with the debut of its new Wi-Fi-based video monitoring service.
Through a partnership between its Frontier Secure business unit and Wi-Fi video monitoring vendor Dropcam, the service provider will offer customers a wireless video monitoring system with two-way audio and night-vision capabilities for $199. Dropcam's camera includes Bluetooth LE and its enhanced size allows it to capture more light than the previous model.
Users can install the Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi monitoring device themselves and get live support from Frontier's Premium Tech Support team.
Wi-Fi video monitoring is just one of many initiatives it has taken to expand its overall revenue base. The service provider also offers home security through a partnership with ADT and electricity services via Crius Energy.
Providing services like Wi-Fi monitoring, energy and home security are important to Frontier, particularly as it looks to further its bond with its growing broadband customer base. During the fourth quarter, Frontier reported that it added 27,800 new broadband customers, which helped to offset ongoing declines in its traditional PSTN voice business.
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