Count this one among the no-brainers for Comcast: the cable giant is preparing a new offering called Comcast Business SmartOffice, which bundles IP-cameras for video surveillance with a cloud storage service and professional installation. It’s a simple package that appears to be targeted at small-to-midsized businesses needing basic video security. Users can view live and recorded video on a web-based platform or through mobile apps. Pricing is listed as starting at $140 per month for a package that includes four cameras and 30 days of cloud storage.
While most large incumbent ISPs have rushed head-first into the home security and home automation market, few of those companies have been willing to specify how many users have signed up for such services – suggesting they’re not yet seeing quite the uptake they’d like. One other threat has now arisen for ISPs looking to be home security experts: lawsuits.