Bell launches home security service
Telecommunications giant Bell Canada is launching a security service that lets people monitor their homes over a wireless connection.
The company's Home Monitoring service launched on Wednesday would allow subscribers to be alerted to activity within the home through a combination of motion detectors and sensors connected through Bell's 1X cellular network.
Users of the service would be able to receive alerts by phone, e-mail or text message and set their preferences for what they want to be alerted about from any place they can find an internet connection.
The service can alert people to unexpected entries, monitor children's activities and watch for hazards like fire or flooding. Using this feature would require the purchase of additional, specialized sensors.
Subscribers can also opt for premium services akin to those offered by more traditional home security providers so a team at the Bell Professional Monitoring Centre would watch the home.
The upgraded Safe at Home service allows people to receive an additional level of monitoring capabilities to let the elderly or infirm live independently. Similarly, subscribers can opt to buy video cameras and add a video monitoring service.
Pricing for the service starts at $19.95 a month and a $299.99 hardware starter kit includes the base transmitter unit along with a motion detector, two window or door sensors and a keypad.