DSC, Concord, Ontario, Canada, is bundling products under the name Powered by Life|ware that offer home control from the same media center used to manage and distribute digital content. This means the customer’s TV will become the dashboard for managing security, lighting, temperature, music, pictures, video, movies and television.
All these devices are controlled in the living room via the TV screen, digital entertainment center and TV remote control with Life|ware from Exceptional Innovation, Westerville, Ohio, a provider of software and hardware for digital homes.
Customers can control security in every zone of the house using the TV’s remote control. They can arm perimeter home security or specific zones such as the garage, while at home; or arm zones from outside the house, using electronic key fobs. The system also includes a real-time IP camera for keeping an eye on the front door, back deck or inside for children, pets and elderly relatives.
Customers can adjust home lighting and temperature in different areas using the TV remote control; or (with add-ons to the product bundle) operate motorized drapes, blinds and appliances the same way. They can even open and close the garage door using an electronic key fob.
In addition, the bundle includes a TV screen and entertainment center that permits homeowners to pause live TV and schedule recordings of shows and movies. Customers can manage music collections, watch DVDs, and create DVDs. They can also organize digital picture collections and create custom slide shows with them.
DSC HOME is a program that will include many different security products relevant to the home of the future. For more information, visit www.dsc.com or www.life-ware.com.