SOURCE: SmartHome Ventures

SmartHome Ventures

October 08, 2014 07:00 ET

SmartHome Ventures and Crutchfield Announce Distribution Partnership

PEQ Continues to Grow Network of National Distributors

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - Oct 8, 2014) - SmartHome Ventures, makers of PEQ, the self-installed home automation service that allows consumers to monitor and control their home from anywhere with one simple app, has announced a distribution partnership with Crutchfield, a national electronics retailer. PEQ is now available for purchase on Crutchfield.com and will be featured in their nationally distributed holiday catalog that reaches over 6 million subscribers.

"We're excited to partner with a company that shares the same vision of bringing true value, knowledge and exceptional customer service to consumers," says Ted Schremp, CEO of SmartHome Ventures. "The connected home is now a reality, and this partnership with Crutchfield will help us drive further consumer awareness and interest in this exciting new product category."

Over the past 40 years, Crutchfield has become a significant player in the online consumer electronics space. They have approached each new product category with the same emphasis on providing helpful information and commitment to customer relationships. Crutchfield recognizes the potential in the home automation market and has begun to aggressively focus on top smart home product and service providers, partnering with companies like PEQ to bring best in breed technology to their customers.

"We've been helping customers pick the right electronics for 40 years," says Scott Anderson, Director of Home Entertainment at Crutchfield. "From car stereos to new technologies like home automation, we recognize that people want expert advice and guidance in making purchase decisions. We're encouraged by the potential of the smart home market, and we're focused on providing the right online tools to educate our customers on the benefits. PEQ is a terrific partner, and we know they'll deliver the best consumer experience for our customers."

The PEQ system is designed for easy installation and activation. Customers can get started by purchasing a PEQ starter kit for $119.99, which includes a PEQ hub for connectivity, and one PEQ door and window sensor. They can then customize their PEQ system according to their unique needs by choosing from a variety of devices including the PEQ camera, smart thermostat, light and appliance modules, motion sensor, water sensor and carbon monoxide detector.

The PEQ app for smart devices offers the ability to test-drive the system and experience a PEQ home virtually. The app is available for download from Apple iTunes or Google Play. The PEQ starter kit and compatible devices are available now at www.crutchfield.com. Follow PEQ on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.

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 Crutchfield
Crutchfield Corporation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, is one of the nation's leading catalog and Internet retailers of consumer electronics products. Crutchfield has its headquarters and a retail store in Charlottesville, a call center in Wise County, VA, and a store in Harrisonburg, VA.

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