Comcast expands 'smart home' technology for Xfinity WiFi customers

Comcast has announced plans to significantly expand home automation for its customers across the country.

The futuristic expansion will put access to smart home controls into the hands of more than 15 million Xfinity customers at no additional cost.

For example, controlling a home could be as simple as having customers use their X1 voice remote to say, “Good Night,” which would automatically lock doors, turn off lights, adjust thermostats, and arm their home security system.

In addition, parent’s could opt to receive notifications when their child returns home from school by integrating geo-location technology in a smartphone with a connection to the home xFi Wireless Gateway.

Eliza Findlay, Public Relations Manager for Comcast, said with this new expansion customers will be able to see who’s at their front door from their TV and let them in without leaving the couch.

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“For instance, say someone is sitting down watching TV and it can see who’s at their door. So, there’s an outdoor camera that shows them that and even allows them to unlock the door to let that person in from their couch,” Findlay said. “We’ve had home automation services available to Xfinity home, our home security system, customers. With this announcement 15 million additional Xfinity Internet customers are now eligible to have these home automated services.”

In September 2017, Comcast acquired Stringify, an award-winning tech startup that provides a cloud-powered automation services. Their technology will soon be integrated into Xfinity’s products and services, which will further grow home automation for customers.

“Xfinity will be the home operating system that integrates every IoT device and transforms a connected home into an intelligent home,” said Chris Satchell, EVP and Chief Product Officer. “Our engineers are working to enable our customers to easily control their connected devices, making full use of our Xfinity platforms, such as Voice Control, X1, xFi and Xfinity Home.”

While you might be thinking this new expansion will come with a host of self install items with a hefty price tag, that’s not the case as Comcast will send someone out to install everything.

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