A new application for BlackBerry and iPhone will allow homeowners to remotely arm and disarm their security system. They can also monitor their homes through live video streamed directly to their phone.

Offered by home security solutions provider Platinum Protection, the app enables you to remotely adjust pan-tilt cameras and review stored video footage in addition to viewing live camera feeds from your home.

In case of a break in, the system will automatically record a video clip of the perpetrator and immediately send you a text message notification that the alarm has gone off. Once a homeowner receives the notification, they can open the app on their phone and view the saved video clip seconds after the break in occurred.

Platinum is not alone in this race. Other tech players have also been offering home connectivity solutions. Early this year, Motorola had introduced its integrated solution for networked homes. The company is targeting home consumers who want to leverage wireless broadband for multimedia applications including voice and data.

And Nokia Home Control Center will allow home buyers to control their homes with a mobile device. The company will provide solutions for networked homes around security and household energy management by the end of 2009.

Platinum’s solution will also target emerging home security demand.

“Our goal is to provide peace of mind,” said Chance Allred, partner, Platinum Protection. “Using this advanced technology, customers can keep track of homes, vacation properties, and even view children and pets in real time. Users can program the system from their phone, turn it off for visiting relatives, or arm the system after leaving their home.”

The app works in conjunction with Platinum’s current web-based service called Platinum Interactive. Using the online interface, customers can control the type of text message and email notifications they want to receive. For instance, homeowners can set the system to alert them to floods, power outages, or even each time the front door opens.


About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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