The "Xfinity Home" security monitoring service, which was first rolled out in Houston in mid-2010, is available to Comcast customers with the cable company's broadband Internet service.
The service plays into a national trend in which corporations — including Stanley Black & Decker andUnited Technologies Corp. in Connecticut — have expanded security businesses for either commercial or residential customers.
"This state-of-the-art product leverages the power and flexibility of our fiber optic broadband network to bring a whole new level of innovation, choice and value to our customers, empowering them to stay better connected to their home virtually anytime, anywhere, " said Mary McLaughlin, senior vice president of Comcast's western New England Region.
Comcast is offering two levels of security. Both systems provide round-the-clock monitoring by C.O.P.S. Monitoring, a New Jersey-based security monitoring company, said Laura Brubaker, spokeswoman for the company's western New England region.
The basic system, which is priced at $29.95 a month, provides traditional home security features, including police and fire alarm protection.
The preferred system, priced at $39.99 a month, in addition to providing security monitoring, gives customers the ability to remotely turn lights on or off, control digital thermostats, view live streaming video of their home via wireless cameras and also includes carbon monoxide monitoring and provides email and text alert.