Verizon to tap into home control with Sigma Z-Wave in June

Verizon to tap into home control with Sigma Z-Wave in June
Home automation and control is a field we’ll most probably be hearing much more about in the near future, but even now it got a major boost as Verizon plans to introduce home control solutions with Sigma’s Z-Wave technology. Sigma produces Z-Wave modules allowing you to remotely control or automate appliances in your home. The announcement comes on the background of a new deal signed by Sigma and Mitsumi, with the latter becoming the newest producer for Z-Wave home control modules. What does it have to do with phones? For once, you could use your handset to control that home control ecosystem, turning your phone into a truly universal remote control.

A top Verizon executive mentioned that the carrier is looking to start offering Z-Wave powered service next month: "Sigma was a partner that we quickly identified, their Z-wave technology was going to serve us well, as we looked at how do we bring these IP peripherals into the home," director of consumer product marketing at Verizon Ann Shaub noted. The technology might not be mainstream, but that could well change as its getting more and more publicity.

A couple of weeks ago, Google unveiled its Android@Home framework, allowing remote control of appliances through an Android device, but compatible devices are to be released only by the end of the year. In contrast, Sigma already has some in its arsenal. Finally, it’s the large-scale introduction of the service by Verizon that could truly make home automation take off. Big Red however doesn’t plan on stopping with just home control, but rather expand its services to security, health and wellness. Check out the Apple commercial below to get a better idea of how it all comes together.

source: PCMagazine

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8 Comments

1. First unregistered

first

2. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

does it matter really if your first if you have nothing other than "First" to say.. no i thought not... anywho this is a great idea as i end up suckered into long trips with no warning or a chance to go home to pack clean up or turn a damn thing off.

3. Third unregistered

Third!

4. Fourth unregistered

Fourth.! Ohh yeahh.!

5. Garrett Oklahoma city, OK unregistered

amazing how imature people are... but anyways AWSOME IDEA start appliances at home while no one is there.... sounds like a hazzard not a service so while your remote starting your Microwave when you arnt there to put anything in? remote start your oven and dont know when your house is burning down... remote start your tv so you can waist electricity to turn on your tv to not watch it? remote turn on your lights at your house so your light will be on when you get there... why not just get clap ons? almost all appliances that you would turn on remotly you would have to be home to utalize them anyways. :) great idea verizon lol

6. hello46921 unregistered

I agree completely. It would be totally insane to start the air conditioning 20 minutes before you get home on a 100 degree day or to get the heater going 20 minutes before going home on a 20 degree day. Or preheating an oven while you're in the living room 5 minutes before you've got to put a roast in. Or how about you're in another state and you want to turn on your lights and tv at night as a theft deterrant?

8. Frankie123 unregistered

They have SET Back THERMOSTATS, and they have Timers for your Lighting, so Please give me a REASON to BUY SIGM, the Price is LOOKING Good, but I need something Compelling to get me to Jump in.

7. thinkahead unregistered

#5 a dumbass and not a visionary the same things were said about the cell phone OMG drive and talk on the phone at the same time were all doomed there`ll be accidents everywhere. So to make a long story short go back in your cave and invent the wheel....

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