Cox Communications to offer home security in Virginia

On the heels of AT&T’s announcement earlier this month that it plans to roll out its "Digital Life" home security service in eight markets beginning in March, telecommunications firm Cox Communications announced this week that it plans to offer its home security service to customers in Virginia.

According to a statement, the company began piloting its home security service in Arizona in 2011 and launched in four additional markets last year.

"Cox Home Security is consistent with our desire to deliver solutions that meet the individual and unique needs of each customer," said Gary McCollum, the company’s senior vice president and general manager. "One home may require a video camera covering outdoor play areas for safety reasons. Another family may want text message alerts sent when children arrive home from school.  No two installations are exactly alike."

Cox Home Security offers intrusion and home safety monitoring (fire, gas and flood), remote system access, email/text alerts, video monitoring, and lighting and temperature control. The basic system is free with a $99 installation charge and three-year contract.  Monitoring starts at a $29.99 bundled price.

The Virginia launch is expecting to create about 40 jobs.