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What makes a Smart Home? Chat tonight at 9ET w/ The Online Mom & VZ's Ann Shaub

by Employee ‎09-04-2012 01:02 PM - edited ‎09-04-2012 01:06 PM

JOINTOMsidelogo.gifQuick programing note for the evening of Sept. 4: Verizon Home Monitoring and Control (#smarthome) lead advocate The Online Mom will spearhead a TweetChat tonight with special guest Ann Shaub, our Director of Product Management -- Connected Home and Customer Premise Equipment. With the new school year upon us and more reason than ever to evolve the efficiencies and securities of our homes, you won't want to miss this insightful TweetChat. Click here to RSVP (and for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet!) or simply join the TweetChat here tonight at 9ET. Happy tweeting!


Click here to learn more about Verizon Home Monitoring and Control.


Blog courtesy of Verizon #SmartHome Ambassador Jean Parks (@geekbabe)


Have you ever wished for a ‘Smart Home?’ I don't know about you but I've longed to be able to control my home heating/cooling, lighting and security all from one central place that I can access from anywhere I might be. Yes, there are various individual systems out there but few of them do it all, and having to deal with multiple accounts, passwords and bills frankly annoys me.


Here’s what’s on my smart home wish list (besides a robot to fold my laundry!):


For Mom This Mother’s Day? Peace of Mind

by Employee ‎05-02-2012 10:02 PM - edited ‎05-08-2012 10:19 AM

happy mothers day.jpgIt’s that time of year again when mothers everywhere receive hand-painted picture frames made of ice pop sticks, heart-shaped cards, and macaroni necklaces. These are treasures that we moms hold dear.


For husbands and children out there still wondering what to give the special mother and woman in your lives, let me suggest something different this Mother’s Day: Peace of Mind.


As a mother of four children myself, I can tell you that I want to be able to make sure that my 12-year-old got home from school OK – and I want it to be easy. With a tap of my finger I can...


Every so often a movie comes along that you can tell is going to capture the attention and imagination of many. Director Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” will be released on June 8th.


Leading up to its release, Verizon is delivering an immersive experience that enables you to navigate the inside of the ship (Prometheus) using our smart home service, Verizon Home Monitoring and Control. 


One Lucky Winner Will Go to London


Verizon’s “Prometheus:  Mission Connect Sweepstakes” lets film lovers explore and control settings in each room of the ship from which the film and sweepstakes take their titles, while unlocking exclusive content and sweepstakes entries every step of the way.  As part of the Sweepstakes, Verizon will send one lucky winner and a guest on a trip to London to tour the studio where Prometheus was filmed. The grand-prize drawing will be held on June 22.  Visit to find out more and start exploring today.   


Verizon is also offering exclusive first looks at the movie on the Verizon FiOS Facebook page as well as via FiOS TV’s video on demand library.  Fans of FiOS can check back regularly on the countdown clock to find out when new content will be available for viewing.   


In addition to the myriad big, loud booths, wildly dressed presenters, and the sheer volume of humanity weaving through it all, the Consumer Electronics Show also hosts a variety of tech-centric panel discussions. I’ll sit-in on a few before the show is over.


One of the panels I attended discussed “Consumer Demand for Energy as a Service.” Broadband has opened the home energy market beyond traditional utility companies and energy service providers, the discussion highlighted. Panelists discussed barriers to effective use and deployment of smart meters, raising consumer awareness around energy, all while keeping it simple and easy.


“It’s not about sophistication. It’s about making it easy and simply while delivering what the customer wants,” said Ann Shaub, director of product management for Verizon, who was one of the panelists. 


In October of 2011, Ann and her team helped make Verizon the first major Internet service provider to offer a smart home service on a mass scale. The panelists, which included CEOs and CTOs from companies like SmartLabs and Blue Line Innovations, seemed to agree that raising consumer awareness of the price of energy and how simple decisions based on individual lifestyles and preferences will help adoption of the connected home.


Verizon Smart Home Earns Innovation Award!

by Employee ‎10-26-2011 10:36 PM - edited ‎10-28-2011 08:48 AM

Less than two weeks after it became available, Verizon’s smart home service has already earned its first award--the Service Provider Innovation Award from TelcoTV.


“Verizon Home Monitoring and Control was chosen because it combines a lot of the services that broadband ISPs (Internet service providers) have been talking about offering – home security,  video monitoring, energy management – in one low-cost service package that’s easy to install and use,” said Carol Wilson, chief editor of events for Light Reading magazine which hosts the conference.  “Verizon has pulled together a lot of different technology –remotely controlled thermostats and door locks, sensors, cameras – to make this work, and priced it at a point – 9.99 a month – that is very attractive.”



Partner View: Ingersoll Rand on the Connected Home

by Employee ‎10-17-2011 04:34 PM - edited ‎10-17-2011 04:59 PM

I recently dashed the hopes of a young man. His eyes got very large when I explained to him how Verizon's new 'smart home' service would send his Mom a text message when he entered his personal user code at the front door. Needless to say, I think he quickly realized any thoughts he had about potentially sneaking in the house later in life were quickly dashed.


Verizon and Ingersoll Rand teams have partnered to focus on expanding the home automation ecosystem together to the benefit of our customers.  I spent several days at the home of Ann Shaub, Verizon’s director for product development who lead their smart home project, working with her team to test the solution, our devices, and how those devices interact with the Verizon user interface. As we went device to device, the team, and Ann’s family, started to realize how the Verizon service was truly going to “connect” their home.


A Tech Guy’s Personal “Smart Home” Experience

by Employee ‎10-10-2011 08:28 PM - edited ‎10-11-2011 10:29 AM

My Confession: It has been 3 days since downloading my last awesome application.


Are you like me?  I find myself constantly downloading new applications and showing them off to my uninterested fiancé (and anyone around the office).  How many applications have you showed off to an uninterested crowd? 


I feel your pain.  And offer this blog for some help…


The coolest application I own: A remote control for my house? Really!


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