Cox Keys In Broader Home Security Rollout, Appoints Groff GM

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Cox Communications plans to bring its home-security service to additional markets in 2012 after initiating a pilot in Arizona last year, and has appointed Vince Groff to be the general manager of the business.

The MSO said it will announce specific markets and launch dates later. In Arizona, Cox currently offers a free home security system with a three-year contract for a $99 installation fee. Service starts at $29.99 per month.

Cox joins other cable operators and telcos, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T, that are looking to add home security to the traditional triple-play bundle. Comcast, for example, currently offers its Xfinity Home service in markets including San Francisco, Houston, Portland, Ore., Denver, Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Cox Home Security

Cox Home Security provides 24-hour intrusion and home safety monitoring (including fire, gas and flood), as well as advanced features such as remote access via a website or smartphone app, remote video monitoring, and control of home functions such as lighting and thermostats.

Groff, who led the initial Cox Home Security development and trial execution, will now be responsible for the broader rollout and ongoing management of this new business. He joined Cox in 2000 and was a director of video product development before his promotion to executive director of new growth and development. Prior to Cox, Groff worked for Delta Air Lines as a systems engineer.

"Cox Home Security is consistent with our desire to deliver solutions that meet the individual and unique needs of each customer," Groff said in a statement. "One home may require a video camera near their pool for safety reasons. Another family may want text message alerts sent when children arrive home from school. No two installations are exactly alike."

Cox uses the security and home-automation system from iControl Networks, which also is used by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and ADT Security Services' Pulse. Investors in iControl include Comcast, Cisco Systems, Intel Capital, Charles River Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Rogers Communications, and Tyco International, the parent company of ADT.