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What it means to have a connected home

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HARTFORD - In-home security is taking a turn in a wireless direction. The next generation of home security devices include things like 3D video cameras, automated thermostats, and access sensors – complete connection. Such devices are efficient, wireless and have a lower cost of operation. I mean, who knew we’d ever be able to call our cars and refrigerators connected devices as they’re increasingly becoming wi-fi compatible. We also probably never thought we’d be able to control our home’s temperature from a different state. All of these growing devices that let you control your home while you’re away make up the “connected home”.

It is predicted that these sort of devices will grow from 10.3 million in 2014 to over 29.5 million in 2020 (marketwatch.com) and will capture a greater percentage of revenue as the market expands to incorporate them.

Automation has increased in ways such as turning your lights on before you come home, spotlighting your driveway from work, cranking back your pool cover from your office so you can take a dip when you get home. All of these things have developed giving consumers greater control over their property which leads to a more secure home. A Dropcam pro streams live, HD videos to your smart phone. It also has a speaker and two way talk technology. You can set up notifications via email or send them straight to your device.

We can look for things like A Dropcam Pro which streams live, HD videos to your smart phone. It also has a speaker and two way talk technology. You can set up notifications via email or send them straight to your device. It’s an affordable way to check on your pets while you’re at work.

Also, for example, The Nest Thermostat learns your schedule and learns what temperatures you like so that when you’re away it turns itself down. This can end up saving you 20% on heating and air conditioning bills. So while connected devices will keep your house safe, they’ll also look out for your wallets as well. Users can access the Internet-connected thermostat with any smartphone or laptop for instant device access.

Of course in a conversation about connected devices, we have to talk about apps. These connected devices will be directly linked to apps on our cell phones to offer full control from remote locations.

This evolution of technology proves how mobile apps have become increasingly important to include in a business’ mobile marketing strategy.

In the past, building mobile apps wasn’t cost effective for a company but now, with the evolution of new app platforms, the costs of creating apps has decreased. Apps are a complimentary component of the connected home and they bring in billions of dollars of revenue per year. Supply & demand economics.

Apps offer convenience and are also great because they drive users to focus completely on its content. On a website there are many distracting ads. The user experience on an app is much different because you are solely focused on the content of that one app.

Frontier released the My Frontier Mobile App downloadable from the Apple App Store or Google Play

  • You can make payments, manage your account
  • View your current bill and bill history
  • Go paperless and set up auto bill pay
  • Talk to customer service and technical support

Modern day life has become fast-paced, we knew it was time to provide the option to pay bills and manage account settings on the go.

Paul Quick; Sr VP/GM, Connecticut Frontier Commmunications