Blue Ridge Communications, Palmerton, Pa., and Comporium, Rock Hill, S.C., announced that Blue Ridge Communications joined the Comporium Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) Dealer Program to deliver a premier home management solution to the communities it serves.

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 Inc., 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 program.”

Blue Ridge Communications, the nation’s 19th largest cable TV operator, serves more than 170,000 residences in the northeastern and southeastern Pennsylvania. Comporium, a diversified communications company, offers a fully managed solution for the connected home. In the summer of 2011, Comporium, which has its own central station, began offering connected lifestyle services including security to its customer base with the iControl platform. The company also is a reseller of the iControl platform to its tier 2 and tier 3 telecom and cable providers as part of its dealer program, according to Lehman.

“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 advanced technology means that Blue Ridge Communications’ customers will realize greater value and control over the management and security of their property,” Lehman added.