The gap between smart homes and security systems is closing fast thanks to myriad integrations. The latest partnership brings a popular smart home gadget into the ecosystem of one of the nation’s most popular home security providers.
Comcast’s Xfinity Home can now control Philips Hue lights. While it will be nice to have one less app to open to control your smart stuff, the real power is the ability to create rules that incorporate your lights into your home security.
For example, you can have all Hue lights turn off when you activate the alarm system and turn back on when you deactivate it. You can also have the lights turn on after dark when the system is armed so you appear home even when you’re out.
“Our partnership with Philips Lighting advances our commitment to bring our customers best-in-class devices they can trust and easily manage on one, integrated platform – the Xfinity Home platform,” said Daniel Herscovici, senior vice president and general manager of Xfinity Home. “With the Philips Hue family of products, our customers can customize their lighting according to their own needs and daily routines. They can also set up simple automated commands, such as turning on the hallway lights when they enter the home and disarm the system.”
Philips Hue lights are some of the simplest options to start a smart home. The lights work with many other devices, like the Amazon Echo and Apple’s Home app, and their ease of installation have made them a popular choice. By integrating with Xfinity, Hue has yet another compelling reason to join your smart home setup.
In the future, Xfinity plans to integrate smart home management into its X1 service, letting users control smart devices with the voice-enabled remote and calling up security cam footage through the X1 set-top box.
Comcast is among the corporations leading growth in the home security market, which is expected to expand to $15.6 billion globally by 2021. It’s position as a provider of cable and internet means it is already in millions of homes across the country, making it easy for users to add a security system to existing connections.