LAS VEGAS--Did you lock the door before heading out? If you hate going back to check, Verizon's Home Monitoring and Control system gives you control over lighting, heating, door locks, and Web cameras. You might even fool a few burglars into thinking you're home.
The company has just started testing the smart-home system, which makes use of its Fios fiber-optic network, in New Jersey and plans to roll it out in the first half of this year.
At the CES demo (see vid below), the system was very easy to use. Booth lights, thermostats, and door looks could be adjusted with a single platform at the click of a laptop mouse, Fios TV, tablet, or smartphone (see the promo vid here). The real-time response was pretty quick, but there were occasional lags. … Read more