TWC IntelligentHome Takes Online Retail Angle

Supports ‘Smart’ Door Locks, Lighting Sold At BestBuy.com
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Time Warner Cable has extended support for certain “smart” devices sold at BestBuy.com while also announcing new pricing and packaging for its IntelligentHome automation and security service.

On the retail front, TWC said it now supports a set self-install components sold online by BestBuy, including the Kwikset SmartCode door lock, LG Electronics’s Wireless LED Smart light bulbs, and GE’s Zigbee in-wall light switches, which can be controlled by the user’s laptop, IntelligentHome touchscreen or smartphone. IntelligentHome runs on the Icontrol platform, which uses a customized version of Android. 

 “With the explosion of new, connected devices in the marketplace, we’ve built our IntelligentHome platform to be as open and flexible as possible,” said Adam Mayer, VP of Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome, in a statement. “We want our customers to be able to seamlessly integrate the devices they want the most. The new self-install door lock and lighting features available online are just a sampling of what’s possible with the interconnected smart home operating on an open and flexible platform.”

TWC also noted that it introduced simplified service packages earlier this year for IntelligentHome, which starts at $39.99 per month and requires the MSO’s Internet service:

-Security – includes touchscreen, two door/window sensors and one motion, glass break detector or an additional door/window sensor, for a one-time equipment charge of $99.99.

-Security & Energy – includes all Security package elements plus one thermostat, for a one-time equipment charge of $149.99.

-Security & Video View – includes all Security package elements plus one indoor/outdoor camera, for a one-time equipment charge of $149.99.

-Security, Video View & Energy – includes all Security package elements plus one thermostat and one indoor/outdoor camera, for a one-time equipment charge of $199.99.

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