Former Charter exec Schremp launches home automation platform

Former Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) executive Ted Schremp's SmartHome Ventures has announced a new retail-focused home-automation platform designed to compete with services offered by top pay-TV providers.

PEQ home automation

Screenshot of PEQ's home automation control app.

SmartHome's PĒQ (pronounced "peek") home automation service will be available at select Best Buy retail locations, as well as starting Aug. 31, with an entry-level price for a self-install starter kit of $119.99. Customers control the system from apps that run on smart phones, tablets and personal computers.

SmartHome says the typical customer can set up the system by themselves in less than half an hour.

The technology is powered by Incontrol Networks, which also supports home security and automation platforms for Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), Cox Communications and Bright House Networks, among other MSOs.

"With widespread adoption of broadband Internet, smart phones and tablets, consumers are ready to embrace the concept of a smart home," said Schremp, in a statement. "However, consumers are still hesitant because of the lack of a simple, affordable and consistently reliable platform. With PĒQ, we're making home automation easy, reliable and accessible through a consumer friendly design, a rigorous lab certification process for devices, ongoing firmware and app updates, and dedicated customer support."  

For more:
- visit the SmartHome homepage

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