Smartcam can tell you if that's a stranger or a friend coming to your house

Alarm.com is part of a wave of companies, big and small, seeking a foothold in the emerging "connected home" market.

Alarm.com is part of a wave of companies, big and small, seeking a foothold in the emerging "connected home" market.

Alarm.com, a company that allows people to run their home from a smartphone, is expanding into facial recognition that will allow customers to remotely identify activity in and around their home and business.

The company, which operates in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, announced it is buying ObjectVideo, a company that uses video monitoring to analyse patterns in real time.

ObjectVideo, tracks objects, vehicles and people as it looks for activity and patterns around homes or businesses. It also allows you to just check on the kids.

The acquisition includes technology as well as video researchers and analysts.

"What we are doing is making the camera smarter," said Jeff Bedell, chief strategy and innovation officer at Alarm.com.

"Inside the home, you can see when somebody who disarms the security system is a family member or a stranger. Outside, you can tell if you're daughter's boyfriend's motorcycle is driving into your driveway when you are not at home."

Alarm.com is part of a wave of companies, big and small, seeking a foothold in the emerging "connected home" market, in which all manner of appliances and systems are linked to smartphones and tablets by the Internet.

Customers now can change the temperature in their home, unlock doors, turn on the lights and look for suspicious activity.

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 - The Washington Post

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