Verizon continues to introduce innovative applications to utilize their high capacity fiber network. Its newest application? "Smart Home Monitoring Control" Verizon customers will soon be able to use smartphones, Ipads, tablets, laptops, or other Internet connected devices to control their home environment .
Being able to monitor you home via webcams, thermostat control, and security functions will be part of the proposed service. Appliance and light control will also be offered.
"What we'll be testing in these homes is just the beginning," Eric Bruno, vice president of product management for Verizon, said in a statement. "We're giving customers a remote control for their homes that they can use to cut CO2 emissions and their energy bills and give them anytime, anywhere access and control of their homes. The concept of the connected home has been discussed for many years, and now Verizon's high-IQ networks are making that concept a reality by converting customers' homes into bandwidth-rich ecosystems that enable a wide variety of customizable options."
The new service will be tested in a number of selected homes in New Jersey in early 2011. A short video describing the new service is available here.