Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has added InstallerNet to its home monitoring and control service deployment team where the installation company will conduct professional installation for the new service.
Verizon's home security service.
As announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Verizon will extend InstallerNet's InstallCard program to customers so they can go online and chose a local installer to schedule an installation. Customers who sign up for the home service have the option to either install the home control equipment themselves, including electronic door locks, or hire an installer.
Using a smartphone, PC, FiOS TV and, eventually, a connected tablet, the home control service will allow customers to remotely access, control and monitor doors, and view home energy usage.
While Verizon is hardly alone in delivering home monitoring services, which is evident from the recent entry of fellow telco Frontier (Nasdaq: FTR) and cable operators such as Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), the market is continuing to gain momentum as the fourth and fifth leg of a service chair that includes voice, data, broadband, and wireless.
Even though there were only 1.8 million home automation systems that shipped in 2011 globally, ABI Research says in its "Home Automation and Monitoring" study that this figure will increase to over 12 million shipments by 2016.
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