Comcast adds new Wi-Fi cameras, voice control to Xfinity Home automation platform

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has added a new Wi-Fi-enabled, high-definition indoor/outdoor camera to its Xfinity-branded home-automation platform. 

The MSO also said that it's adding voice control to the platform, and is upgrading other core elements to work with third-party devices from August Home, Chamberlain, Lutron and Nest. 

The wide-ranging home-automation product announcement comes just two weeks after Comcast confirmed the purchase of iControl Networks, a key vendor for the MSO's home-automation operation. 

The company's new xCam features a weather-resistant seal, a 109-degree field of vision and infrared night vision. The camera's Wi-Fi single is routed through the power source instead of the camera, improving the device's overall range of connection. 

Xfinity Home users can add up to 10 days of 24/7 video recordings to their X1 DVR schedule. The cameras can also be configured to record on motion-based activation. 

"Our new camera features great connectivity, wide-angle views, and powerful night vision, delivering clear, high-quality footage," said Daniel Herscovici, senior VP and general manager  of Xfinity Home, in a statement. "It also interacts with other IoT devices on our platform, like sensors and lights, so people can personalize and automate their connected home."

Using X1 voice remote capabilities, meanwhile, Xfinity Home customers will now be able to say, "Xfinity Home cameras" to see live feeds from their xCam devices on their television. They can also perform tasks like arming and disarming their home security systems using a single spoken sentence. 

For more:
- read this Comcast press release

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