Blue Ridge adds home automation to portfolio

Michelle Clancy | 06-12-2013

Blue Ridge Communications is shoring up its cable TV revenue by joining the Comporium Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) Dealer Program to deliver a premier home management solution to the communities it serves.

"We honestly feel that our Dealer Program and Blue Ridge Communications are a perfect fit, because it will integrate so seamlessly with Blue Ridge's infrastructure while lifting their existing security business to the next level," said Comporium SMA Dealer Program vice president Dan Lehman.

The solution combines a security alarm system, communications gateway and home automation platform into one device and enables broadband service providers like Blue Ridge Communications to deliver the next generation of home management services for the smart home.

"Our customers will have a total home management solution that gives them remote control access to lighting, appliances, thermostats and enhanced video monitoring through their smartphones, PCs and tablets," said Mark Masenheimer, vice president of operations at Pencor Services, parent company of Blue Ridge Communications. "Our experience and resources in home security services are compatible for the award-winning iControl Networks platform and Comporium's proven programme."

Blue Ridge Communications, the nation's 19th largest cable TV operator, serves more than 170,000 residences in the north-eastern and south-eastern Pennsylvania.

"The advanced technology means that Blue Ridge Communications' customers will realise greater value and control over the management and security of their property," Lehman added. "Industry publications are already calling the SMA system that Blue Ridge Communications will be providing the 'system of choice' by the nation's top cable TV operators. That says that the customers served by Blue Ridge Communications are in good hands."