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Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Starts at $9.99/month

Basic home automation package enables remote monitoring and control of cameras, Z-Wave lights and door locks; energy management costs extra.

Powered by Motorola 4Home, the Verizon Home Monitoring and Control system starts at $9.99 per month for basic Z-Wave and camera control. If you want the energy management apps shown here, you’ll pay extra. Check out the complete Verizon/4Home ecosystem in the slideshow below.

Verizon demonstrated a home automation and security solution at CES 2011, but the telco hasn’t said much since January.

Now it appears we have a price for Verizon Home Monitoring and Control, which is powered by Motorola 4Home: $9.99 per month for basic service.

The Tampa Tribune reports that Verizon will offer three levels of service, with the basic package enabling remote monitoring and control of cameras and Z-Wave devices (lighting, motorized door locks, appliances).

A second option includes “energy-monitoring gadgets like automatic thermostats, special Wi-Fi adapters that control appliances and lights, plus a sensor placed on the circuit box to measure whole-house energy use,” according to the article.

A third option gets you both packages, although the Tribune does not report pricing on these other tiers. Verizon has not responded to CE Pro’s inquiries about the service.

Verizon expects the products to be installed by consumers themselves – a tactic we questioned back in January (“Can Verizon Sell Home Control?").

According to the Tribune, “For the most part, customers would install gear themselves, or Verizon will suggest contractors for items like electric circuit panel sensors."

Verizon is the first major win for 4Home, developer of home automation engines for service providers. The company was acquired by Motorola last year.

4Home (and Verizon) face competition from other SaaS (software as a service) providers in the home monitoring and control space, including:
At $9.99, the Verizon service appears to be the least expensive offering among the major players, but the price does not include energy management and professional security monitoring, which alone tends to cost $25 to $30 per month.

ADT Pulse, for example, starts at $47.99 for a basic security and remote monitoring package (see ADT Pulse prices).

The Comcast/Xfinity Home Security package, utilizing technology from uControl, which was purchased by iControl last year, starts at $40 per month (see Xfinity prices).

Vivint, a large security/home automation dealer, charges $56.98 per month for a security and automation system with remote management capabilities (see Vivint prices).

Note: Pricing does not include hardware and installation.

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Article Topics

News · Home Automation and Control · Control Systems · Lighting · Security · Energy Management · 2gig · Honeywell · Verizon · 4home · Xfinity · Motorola · · Saas · · All topics

About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

4 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Andrew Southern  on  07/19  at  01:39 PM

umm, cool. I think this could be a really useful thing for some people who want a taste of home control on a budget. Obviously the highest tiered plan doesn’t come close to a fully functioning systems from CI channel, but certainly this would be good for a lot of folks who don’t care much about speakers or TVs but want some view into their homes. I would figure between some Apple or Sonos products and bandwidth and automation from Verizon you could build a pretty cool system.

Posted by alur  on  07/19  at  05:54 PM

LOL, everything “starts” at $9.95 a month.  The Disney World application that was futuristic in the 70’s is a bit dated for people who already have programmable thermostats and can turn off their lights if they have a brain.  The Jetson house isn’t one of the comics anymore.  This app would have been good 20 years ago but is a little passe now.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  07/19  at  06:32 PM

It’s what countless providers have tried and failed to do for 15 years (ATT Xanboo, Shell Home Genie, even today’s Schlage). No mass-market hosted home automation service has ever succeeded unless it was attached to a security system sale—and not for lack of a decent product.

Verizon, like its predecessors, seems to think that its app is so compelling and so simple to install, that it will practically sell itself.

It won’t.

Posted by Tuck  on  07/20  at  03:24 PM

Regardless of how the products/services turn out, once customers hear that they “can go somewhere else and get it for $49.95” it makes it more difficult to promote even a $2K HAI system.

Course the upside is if they have at least heard of options out there it may be an opportunity to upsell or at least present a REAL solution.

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