PHILADELPHIA – Comcast announced that it is launching a new program to provide single-family home and multifamily property developers access to a variety of home automation device providers and the Xfinity comprehensive smart home automation platform. Headed by Xfinity Communities, Comcast’s business unit servicing the multifamily property market, this program allows residents to purchase homes with built-in, state-of-the-art automation technologies from Xfinity Home and provides developers with an easy and effective means of differentiating and modernizing their properties.

Smart Home Technologies Increase Property Values
Findings from the recent “Networking with Residents: Technology Drives the Multifamily Industry” survey state that 49 percent of property owners, managers and developers found implementing smart home technologies increased property values and 82 percent are installing advanced technologies to create smart buildings. The new program will enable Xfinity Communities to address the rising demand among multifamily developers to offer residents home automation capabilities in addition to voice, high-speed internet and entertainment services. Developers will partner with Xfinity Communities to obtain Xfinity Home connected devices and services including thermostats, garage door openers, lighting, door locks, security cameras and other gadgets that may be integrated into residences during the building process.

A Simple Smart Home Solution
“We are offering property developers a simple solution to equip their communities of new construction with the advanced network and technologies needed to create a smart home,” said Adrian Adriano, vice president of strategic initiatives, Xfinity Communities. “Integrating Xfinity Home – Comcast’s total home security and home automation solution – into our offering allows us to work with developers to add connected devices and services operable on the Comcast platform, making it easy for residents to move in and have the features to remotely monitor their home, lock and unlock doors, turn on or turn off the lights or adjust the thermostat.”

Smart Home Features Available Upon Move In
Marc Levy, executive director, Xfinity Home added, “Families value the peace of mind that comes with remote monitoring, management and control of their homes. Xfinity Home’s products and services are gaining recognition for their ease-of-use and advanced features, as evidenced by our recent TecHome Brilliance Award for Xfinity Home’s 24/7 Continuous Video Recording Service. This program is one of the many smart home solutions that residents will have the option of using as soon as they move in.”

Integrating smart home technology directly into multifamily developments has proven to be successful in giving residents greater value and convenience, as demonstrated by Comcast’s deployments in several Florida communities. Individuals are able to easily control their environment remotely through a mobile app or from their living room through their Xfinity X1 cable box. Additionally, multifamily property managers benefit as their buildings and individual residences can become more energy efficient and secure.