Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) currently offers home security services, giving consumers the option of using their existing equipment or renting additional equipment directly from the company. The home security package includes third-party cameras, thermostats, and doorbells. For a low monthly fee, Comcast will monitor these devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today, Comcast revealed their plans to redesign the Xfinity Home automation and security platform.
The new xCam is integrated with Wi-Fi Technology, so it can communicate with iOS and Android devices. It also has night vision capabilities, 109 degree FOV (field of view), and motion sensors. X1 Home customers will have the option of viewing a real-time video feed, storing 24/7 or motion-based video recordings for up to 10 days, and downloading them to their source device. To add more convenience to the operation of these Smart devices, Comcast added Voice Control Technology. This will allow users hands-free control, eliminating the need to manually access the Xfinity Home app interface.
The xCam is weather-sealed, so it can be placed indoor or out. This all comes after Comcast announced it purchased the IOT Company, IControl Networks. The Xfinity Home platform is compatible with:
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- August Smart Lock
- Chamberlain MyQ Garage Controller
- Lutron Caseta Controller And Dimmer
Comcast is confident that their redesigned home automation platform and xCam will be successful. With more and more consumers “cutting the cord”, the company needs a game plan to convince existing customers that the X1 set box is more than enough of a reason to remain a cable customer. The company has already made an agreement with NetFlix to make the streaming provider’s content available through the X1 box. The combination may keep existing cable customers plugged in for just a tad bit longer. The xCam camera will not be available until later this year. For more information, be sure to check out Comcast’s product page at Amazon.