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October 13, 2011

Motorola Mobility, Verizon partner to deliver connected home services

Motorola's 4Home software platform offering is composed client software and a portal server

By CBR Staff Writer

Motorola Mobility has partnered with broadband and telecommunications company Verizon to bring the connected home for users.Verizon has introduced its Home Monitoring and Control service.

The new service leverages Motorola’s 4Home technology to make users home smarter and provide useful insight into energy use, said Motorola.

Verizon’s new services are powered by Motorola’s 4Home software platform. Motorola’s 4Home software platform is a versatile and practical way for Verizon and other digital home innovators to offer connected home services which does not include complex systems, custom hardware.

Motorola said its 4Home software platform is embedded into the gateway included in each Verizon service kit and with the software platform adding new services like home monitoring, control and energy management has become easy.

The software communicates with Motorola’s portal server offering to provide real-time support for the home monitoring, control and energy management services which results reliable connected home services for consumers that can be hosted and managed in real-time, said Motorola.

The Motorola’s offering is composed of two main elements: client software and a portal server.

The client software sits locally on the home network, embedded into a device and the portal server resides in the cloud. The client software and portal server maintain real-time communication to allow carriers to remotely manage installations to their user base and to allow consumers to manage their home from anywhere with multiple user interfaces.

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Motorola Mobility Managed Home Solutions division general manager Leon Hounshell said Motorola share Verizon’s vision for a digital home that makes practical sense to the consumers.

"With Verizon’s service launch we’re making this a reality for millions of households," said Hounshell.

Verizon Product Management vice-president Eric Bruno said the bandwidth-rich ecosystems Verizon networks create are enabling more and more connected devices in the home than ever before.

"We’re collaborating with partners like Motorola to design new services that can help people save time and deliver the borderless, digital lifestyle," said Bruno.

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