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Welcome home: Rogers launches home monitoring and automation system

August 17, 2011

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Smart Home Monitoring from Rogers provides anytime, anywhere solutions
with real-time Home Security, Home Automation Control and Energy
Management

To view the Social Media Release, click here: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/rogers-communications-inc/rogers-launches-home-monitoring-and-automation-system

TORONTO, Aug. 17, 2011 /CNW/ – Imagine if you could feel closer to
home,even when your front door is far away. You can now truly be the
master of the house with Smart Home Monitoring, an innovative home monitoring and automation service launched today by
Rogers. From remotely controlling thermostat levels, to scheduling
lights to turn on when you get home, this new system delivers a
connected personalized experience at home, at work or on-the-go.
Powered by both Rogers cable and Rogers wireless networks, Smart Home
Monitoring lets consumers automate and manage sensors, cameras,
thermostats, lights and small appliances from their computer or
smartphone.

“Consumers are looking for solutions to enable their connected home
seamlessly, reliably and securely,” said Ian Pattinson, Vice-President
& General Manager, Smart Home Monitoring, Rogers Communications. “With
Smart Home Monitoring, we have reinvented home security with easy home
automation and energy management providing Rogers customers with a
truly connected home of the future.”

At the heart of the system is an ultra-rugged, easy-to-use touchpad that
consumers use to arm/disarm and manage their system. Available in
wall-mount or table-top, the touchpad provides quick 1-touch access to
home security functions, home automation apps for lighting, cameras and
thermostats as well as multimedia apps for photos, traffic, weather and
sports. When an alarm occurs, the touchpad instantly connects with the
Rogers central monitoring station simultaneously over both Rogers cable
and wireless networks. The touchpad constantly communicates with its
highly encrypted smart sensors throughout the home, checking their
status, signal strength, battery level and even room temperature.

Staying connected to your home is easy – consumers can securely connect
to their Smart Home Monitoring service through any computer or a
smartphone allowing them to view, manage and secure their homes through
a two-step security process at any time from any internet-based
location.

Additional features and benefits of the service include:

  • Real-time, 24/7 monitoring at the Rogers Central Monitoring Station
    provided by certified security experts with over twenty years of
    experience in security, monitoring and emergency services
  • IP-based dual network connections ensure constant connection of the home
    to the Rogers Central Monitoring Station
  • Real-time sensor and video alerts sent via text and email
  • Remote access from a computer or smartphone to securely view, control
    and arm/disarm the home
  • Professional installation by specially-trained Rogers cable technicians

“Consumers want a next generation system that protects and connects
their home seamlessly with their connected lifestyle,” Pattinson said.
“Smart Home Monitoring is a natural evolution for our business that
leverages our proven networks, expertise in communication and
commitment to innovation and next generation connected experiences.”

Smart Home Monitoring has three rate plans, each including always
connected wireless-data backup, starting with the Home Basics plan at
$39.99 per month. Rogers Cable Hi-Speed Internet required.  The
Touchpad starter kit is $149.00 on a three-year term, or $749 with no
term, with optional sensors available a-la-carte and in discounted
Value Packs.   All systems are professionally installed for a
one-time fee of $99.00.

Smart Home Monitoring is now available to Rogers Hi-Speed Internet
customers in the Rogers cable footprint across Ontario. To learn more,
visit www.rogers.com/smarthomemonitoring.

Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable
television, high speed internet and telephony services. Through Rogers
Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised
shopping, magazines and trade publications, plus sports entertainment.
We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and
RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further
information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com.

Image with caption: “The Touchpad is the innovative brain of Smart Home Monitoring from Rogers system. Its large colour touchscreen lets you program the system and access convenient, informative news, weather, traffic and sports apps. It monitors the sensors in your home, notifying the Central Monitoring Station and sending you email and SMS alerts if it detects a problem, and executes actions according to automation rules you create. (CNW Group/Rogers Communications Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110817_C4277_PHOTO_EN_2249.jpg

Video with caption: “Introducing Smart Home Monitoring From Rogers”. Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20110817_C4277_VIDEO_EN_2250.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20110817_C4277_PHOTO_EN_2250.jpg&clientName=Rogers%20Communications%20Inc%2E&caption=Introducing%20Smart%20Home%20Monitoring%20From%20Rogers&title=Introducing%20Smart%20Home%20Monitoring%20From%20Rogers

Image with caption: “Remotely controlling your thermostat and scheduling lights to turn off when you leave and on when you arrive home are just a few features of a new home automation and monitoring service from Rogers. Ian Pattinson, Vice-President & General Manager, Smart Home Monitoring, Rogers Communications launches Smart Home Monitoring from Rogers which is officially available today to cable customers in Ontario. (CNW Group/Rogers Communications Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110817_C4277_PHOTO_EN_2252.jpg

Image with caption: “Remotely controlling your thermostat and scheduling lights to turn off when you leave and on when you arrive home are just a few features of a new home automation and monitoring service from Rogers. Anthony Antonelli, a Rogers employee, and his family test out features of Smart Home Monitoring from Rogers, officially available today to cable customers in Ontario. (CNW Group/Rogers Communications Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110817_C4277_PHOTO_EN_2251.jpg

Image with caption: “Remotely controlling your thermostat and scheduling lights to turn off when you leave and on when you arrive home are just a few features of a new home automation and monitoring service from Rogers. Smart Home Monitoring from Rogers gives consumers access to real-time home security, home automation controls and energy management tools. The system is officially available today to cable customers in Ontario. (CNW Group/Rogers Communications Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110817_C4277_PHOTO_EN_2253.jpg

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