Comcast Adds New Smart Home Partners Giving Consumers More Choice
Comcast today announced that it will add a new set of third party devices to its Xfinity Home business, taking another step towards giving consumers one platform that connects all their smart home needs. Chamberlain MyQ and NETGEAR® Arlo™ will soon join a growing list of experiences that can be managed and controlled on the Xfinity Home platform.
Consumer adoption of connected devices is on the rise, with 69 percent of consumers planning to buy an in-home device by 2019. Additionally, according to Gartner, the number of connected "things" will reach over 13 billion by 2020.
"While there are more connected devices available than ever, consumers continue to struggle with the best way to make them work together," said Dan Herscovici, SVP and General Manager, Xfinity Home. "We’re going to aggregate the best home automation and security features and bring them together in one common, easy-to-use and seamless experience. We’re excited to partner with best-in-class manufactures like Chamberlain and NETGEAR and look forward to adding them to our Xfinity Home platform."
With Chamberlain’s MyQ, Comcast customers will be able to monitor and control their garage door from virtually anywhere with their Xfinity Home smartphone app. The same will be true with Netgear’s Arlo, a completely wire-free camera that can easily be mounted anywhere both inside and outside the home, that allows customers to record and view live HD video during the day and at night.
Comcast expects MyQ to be integrated later this month and Arlo by early next year.
Here’s what Comcast’s two new partners are saying about today’s announcement:
"The garage door is one of the most active devices in our homes, and with MyQ it can tell us when kids arrive home from school, if our family is coming and going on schedule, or simply that the door is closed and secure," said Cory Sorice, Vice President of Marketing for Chamberlain. "Comcast is doing great work to make the connected home a reality for consumers and we’re proud to join their platform. We look forward to giving Xfinity Home customers benefits such as alerts to their phones every time their garage door opens or closes, which gives them peace of mind from anywhere."
"Arlo’s mission is to deliver products that make it incredibly simple for people to keep an eye on their property, kids, pets and everything else that matters most in their lives," said Pat Collins, vice president of smart home products at NETGEAR. "By integrating our innovative, 100 percent wire-free, weatherproof, HD smart cameras into the Xfinity Home ecosystem, customers will have an even easier way to stay connected to their home and loved ones, while enjoying the benefits of seamless connectivity between Arlo and other smart devices. Comcast is clearly at the leading edge of creating a connected home experience that provides real value to consumers and we’re thrilled to be a part of the Xfinity Home platform."
Xfinity Home is a cloud and broadband-based platform that provides next-generation home security, home automation and the foundation for a ‘smart home’. The service also includes a battery back-up in the event of a power failure and cellular back-up in the event of a network interruption.