SOURCE: SmartHome Ventures

SmartHome Ventures

January 04, 2015 08:00 ET

PEQ Becomes First Home Automation Service to Connect the Car With the Home

SmartHome Ventures Expands the PEQ Ecosystem Allowing Users to Monitor Home and Car on the PEQ Mobile App

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - Jan 4, 2015) - SmartHome Ventures continues to expand the ecosystem of devices that work with PEQ, the home automation service that allows consumers to manage their home from anywhere, with the integration of Zubie connected vehicle service. Next month, PEQ users will have the ability to monitor their home and car from anywhere all on the PEQ mobile app, making PEQ the first home automation service to link the car and the home.

"With PEQ, we're focused on helping the everyday consumer connect more intelligently and intuitively with their home," says Ted Schremp, CEO of SmartHome Ventures. "And with more consumers now demanding connectivity features in their next vehicle, it's only natural to connect the home and the car*. We're really excited about our partnership with Zubie and the experiences we'll be able to provide PEQ users by giving them a seamless experience across all their connected devices."

Integrating Zubie with PEQ will allow users to keep tabs on their car's location, health and safety information as well as to monitor their home right from the PEQ mobile app. This spring, PEQ subscribers will also be able to create rules that trigger actions through their PEQ system when Zubie signals their vehicle is approaching home. For example, a car pulling into the driveway will be able to open the garage door, unlock doors to the house and turn lights on. Alternately, in the morning when PEQ subscribers leave home in their car, the front door will lock and PEQ's smart thermostat will turn down the temperature.

"Our partnership with PEQ comes at time where consumers are looking to incorporate more and more smart services that add value to their lives," says Tim Kelly, CEO of Zubie. "The connected-car and connected-home markets are both at exciting stages. Integration with PEQ brings these two together and allows us to move beyond the connected car and connected home and into the connected life."

PEQ gives consumers a complete, customized view of their home through a single, user-friendly app. In addition to being able to monitor and manage the home from a smartphone, tablet or PC, consumers can create rules that personalize their service, making it simple to tell devices when to turn on or off, how to interact with each other, and when and how to contact the family via e-mail or text message.

The PEQ smart home app is available for download from Apple iTunes or Google Play. The PEQ starter kit and compatible devices are available now from PEQ's website, select Best Buy and Sprint stores and Crutchfield.

*According to Parks Associates, 78% of connected car owners said they will demand connected features in their next vehicle.

About SmartHome Ventures
SmartHome Ventures is making the smart home simple. The company's flagship service PEQ brings professional-grade home automation to the mass market. Investors in SmartHome Ventures include OpenAir Equity Partners. Visit www.smarthomeventures.com for more information.

About Zubie
Zubie is a connected car service focused on making driving safer, easier and less expensive for consumers, small businesses and business verticals including automotive, insurance, and mobile/telecom operators. The company was formed in 2012, and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, with operational offices in the Minneapolis area.

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