Las Vegas, Jan.11, 2018: US carrier Comcast has announced it would be turning on free, voice-controlled Internet of Things (IoT) services for connected home products to its Xfinity internet customers in the US. This, it said, will allow them to link up hardware from various brands it its platform and will enable them to control them through its X1 voice remote or xFi, or Xfinity Home apps.
The cable giant unveiled the new “Works With Xfinity” home-automation partner program at CES 2018 on Wednesday.
The service, which will launch in the first half of this year. it will initially work with a specific selection of devices, including smart lock company August, Carrier, Chamberlain, ecobee, GE, Honeywell, Kwikset, Nest, Philips Hue, Singled, Tile and Zen, with more integrations coming soon.
For example, a Comcast customer could use the X1 voice remote to say, “Good night” — and the system would automatically lock all the doors, turn off lights, adjust thermostats, and arm the home-security system.
The goal, for Comcast, is to get embedded into customers’ homes through the different IoT devices and provide useful features so they’ll be less likely to switch providers.
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