Comcast is looking to expand their Xfinity services to not only include video, phone, and broadband Internet, but home security as well. After using Dallas as their test market, the company announced this week that it is now prepared to offer the service in six additional cities including Philadelphia, Portland, Jacksonville, Sarasota/Naples, Chattanooga and Nashville. The service will not only include 24/7 professional monitoring in addition to police and fire alarm protection, but will give consumers the ability to adjust digital thermostats, turn lights on/off, and watch secure live streaming video from wireless cameras while outside of the home.Many of the remote security controls offered through the service as well as the live streaming video will be available through a web portal as well as through the new Xfinity Security App for the iPhone which is available as a free download through the iTunes App Store.AdChoices广告Comcast is leveraging Xfinity broadband to bring additional services to home security including access to widgets through a tablet-like touch screen that includes access to weather, news, traffic and sports scores. Customers with Xfinity Voice will even be able to listen to voicemail through an app on the security interface. Additional features include real-time email and text alerts when doors open or close or when motion detectors detect activity inside or outside the home. Battery and cellular backup is also available to keep the system up and running in the event of a power outage.The Xfinity Home Security Preferred Package is currently being offered for as low as $39.95 a month.Other telecommunication companies looking to offer their own home security service include Verizon which announced its Home Monitoring and Control service at CES in January. A trial of the service is currently available to broadband customers in New Jersey.via Comcast.
JNTOdiscover more here Product Managers visit Kyushu, the Land of FireLast month, eight product managers from Australia were invited on a 7-day familiarisation trip of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. The trip was fully-hosted and escorted by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Sydney Office.The group visited Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima and Fukuoka prefectures in Kyushu. During their stay, they saw two active volcanoes, experienced outdoor baths, footbaths and even sand baths, visited two landscape gardens, walked across Japan’s highest pedestrian suspension bridge, climbed up the keep of ancient Kumamoto Castle and ate a meal similar to what the samurai-class royalty would have eaten.“As Japan’s popularity as a tourist destination continues to soar, repeat travellers from Australia are looking for authentic travel experiences off-the-beaten-path. In addition to great food, hot-springs and warm Japanese hospitality, regional destinations like those found in Kyushu can certainly provide this,” said Stephanie Sng, Business Development and Marketing Manager of JNTO Sydney Office.Fukuoka, the largest and most developed city on Kyushu is directly connected to Japan’s main island of Honshu by bullet-train. It takes just over an hour to travel by bullet-train to Fukuoka from Hiroshima, a city already well-visited by Australian travellers and the Japan Rail (JR) Pass can be used on this route. Alternatively, visitors can fly from Tokyo to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. JNTO recommends a combination of rail, bus and rental car to get the most out of your trip to Kyushu.Sand baths of Ibusuki, Kagoshima – photo courtesy of Lisa Mather (Saizen Tours) Top L-R: Angela Ferres (Insider Journeys), Alan Gibson (Trans Orbit), Haydn Thompson (Japan Package Tours) Bottom L-R: Stephanie Sng (Japan National Tourism Organization), Kate Harper (World Expeditions), Lisa Mather (Saizen Tours), Amy Rae (China Travel Service) and Noriko Yoshioka (guide) Source = JNTO – Sydney Japan National Tourism Organization