Comcast brings home automation platform to 15 million Xfinity customers

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 13, 2018

CES showcases the tech trends that will shape the year ahead. It'll enable people who've only dabbled with smart home devices (a Nest thermostat here, a Philips Hue lightbulb there) start stringing together multiple products and build true home automation systems.

Comcast has announced it is increasing the speeds of its Xfinity Internet service packages for existing customers in Colorado at no additional cost, the company said.

This move can have a significant impact on the adoption and growth of smart homes.

Comcast's Dan Herscovici (senior VP of the home group) told Engadget that the notion is to expose home automation controls to people who otherwise might not have considered using them before.

Comcast recently added voice capabilities to its TV remote, so consumers can control various smart home activities by speaking into the remote.

Part of this new addition comes from Comcast's acquisition of Stringify in September. Developers will partner with Xfinity Communities to obtain Xfinity Home connected devices and services including thermostats, garage door openers, lighting, door locks, security cameras and other gadgets that may be integrated into residences during the building process.

"Xfinity will be the home operating system that integrates every IoT device and transforms a connected home into an intelligent home", Chris Satchell, EVP and Chief Product Officer at Comcast, said in a statement.

Aware or not, the capabilities, at least in the case of Xfinity homes, are coming fast and furiously.

"We are offering property developers a simple solution to equip their communities of new construction with the advanced network and technologies needed to create a smart home", says Adrian Adriano, vice president of strategic initiatives, Xfinity Communities.

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