Automated homes growing in popularity

Allows owner to use smart phone to turn on lights, lock doors, arm alarm, etc.


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Home automation has gotten so advanced and so affordable that homeowners can control their home-- from the palm of their hand.

Xiomara Rodriguez is everywhere when she's not home. She travels for work, but this single mom still has to run a household with two daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson.

But her automated home is capable of running the household for her much like the Jetson's and their space-age home.

Jane Jetson had to snap to turn off the lights.  All Rodriguez needs is her phone.
It controls the lights and the air conditioning. She can set the temperature, and if need be, reset her thermostat from where ever she is in the world.

The live video feed shows who's knocking. The unlock feature lets in only the welcome and the status button tells what doors are open.

Everyone in her family has their own front door code including her teen-aged daughter and that means she can check to see when her daughter comes and goes.

"One of our biggest jokes is what time did you come home last night? Before she was flexible, but now that she knows I can log onto my phone, there's no more guessing or telling me the truth," said Rodriguez.  "Ultimately makes my family safe, one less worry for me."

Rodriguez's system was installed and maintained by Vivint, a home security and automation company.

Analysts predict 90 million homes around the world will be automated by 2017.

For around $199 Vivint comes out, installs a WiFi camera, a control box, motion detector, sensors on your doors and even a smoke detector. Then it's $68 a month for monitoring for the duration of the contract you sign.