SSN Staff  - 
Sunday, June 1, 2003

TriGuard, AT&T team on home security solutions

NEEDHAM, Mass. - TriGuard, a home security solutions provider based here, has teamed up with AT&T to offer AT&T customers TriGuard’s Advantage user-installed wireless home security system at a discount.

The Advantage system is Tri-Guard’s private label, self-installed system designed for apartments and small homes. It comes with a control panel, a wireless motion detector, window sensors and a keyfob remote. The portable system allows users to bring it with them when they move.

Once the system is installed, users can remotely control it over the telephone and the Internet. If the alarm is triggered, the system automatically notifies the user and a designated contact person by telephone, cellular phone, pager or e-mail.
MSN House & Home teams with ServiceMaster

REDMOND, Wash. - MSN House & Home, part of MSN’s Internet services, has signed a marketing and distribution agreement with Service-Master. The agreement links the website of MSN House & Home to ServiceMaster’s site, allowing visitors access to information and estimates on a variety of services, including home security.

ServiceMaster outsources services for more than 10.5 million residential and commercial customers.
CEA adopts home networking standard

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association’s adoption of a new pass-through standard is designed to improve communications between devices in home networks.

CEA-931-A allows devices on 1394-based networks to share common commands, making it easier for users to manipulate different units across their networks. The standard looks to supplant infrared “blaster” technology, delivering the same level of control but without the additional hardware IR requires.