Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Comcast spokesman Bob Grove and talk about Comcast’s new “Xfinity Home” program, which manages a home’s security and can monitor your energy usage.
As a follow-up, I recently spoke with with Mitch Bowling, since vice president and general manager of new business development for the Philadelphia-based company. Bowling had some extra details about the development of the new program and what it means for customers.
The program, which was in development for more than five years, is not only a “traditional home security” system, Bowling said, gives customers the ability to literally control their home from the palm of their hand.
“You can really take your home with you now,” he said. “You can go literally anywhere in the world and you now have access to your home.”
Popular features include the camera monitoring controls, which allow users to, say, check for intruders or spy on their pets, Bowling said.
I for one, am a fan of that last notion. I have been trying to think of ways to monitor my dogs’ activities while we’re out of the house. Catching them in the act of chewing the phone book or having an “accident” would be nice – but one feature I’m holding out for is a speakerphone ability to be able to speak to them while I’m on the go.
Could you imagine your furry friends thinking they’re all alone and have a clear path to those shoes they’ve been eying when your voice comes from the heavens and says: “Hey Jezz! Put that down!”
What do you think of the new Comcast program? What would you use it for?