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Automated Home Security

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -

Youve maybe seen some of the videos on YouTube of houses trashed after parents left town on business or vacation and their teenagers planned a little party with friends. Its just one of the nightmares that could now be stopped with a cell phone.  Home security is a $15-Billion a year business and companies like Time-Warner and ComCast are among a growing number of cable and phone service providers who already let people in larger cities monitor their homes by computer.  Now that service is coming to the corridor.

 

Phyllis Peters with Mediacom says its not Big Brother, but using a smart phone to plug into our houses  from anywhere in the world is just a natural progression of what all of us already do.  Since theyre connected to it for everything else in their life they use that to be connected to their home for automation for security for controlling everything. 

 

At Wednesday nights Impact CR Meeting, Mediacom technicians showed how we can remote control the whole house, lights, heat and according to Rob Irish even know when a door opens.  " it says if my children don't come home when they're supposed to be home from the bus .. let me know .. if someone comes home when on one's supposed to be there take a picture                           

 

But in a world filled with computer hackers, security specialists worry someone else might be watching our homes or unlocking our doors.  Mediacoms Joe Appio  advises customers not to keep access codes stored on their cell phones , but he says this system is built to stay secure.  " Media com has gone the extra mile for the security we introduced a net gear security router which runs independent of any other devices in the home we don't just layer this in on top of the homeowner router which can be hacked

 

Cost is always an issue with home security, but Peters say they are trying hard to keep it affordable for homeowners.  Equipment prices can vary a great deal depending on how many cameras or what capabilities you may want in a system but the monthly service rates start as low as $35.


 
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