Bell Canada launches innovative new home monitoring service

    Wireless and Internet-based solution delivers the next generation in home

    TORONTO, Ontario, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada today announced the
availability of Home Monitoring, an innovative new service that leverages
high-speed mobile wireless and Internet services from Bell to deliver an
easy-to-use and fully customizable home monitoring and security solution.
    "Home Monitoring from Bell is a completely wireless solution enabling
homeowners to stay informed in real-time about the status of their loved ones
and their home," said Jeff Crews, Vice President and General Manager, Bell
Monitoring Services. "Home Monitoring from Bell offers enhanced and
individually customizable capabilities, completely controlled by the homeowner
through a secure personalized Web site. It's the first of its kind in Canada."
    Home Monitoring from Bell is simple to install and easy to use. Clients
can go online from anywhere they have Internet access and customize their
service by deciding what they want to be alerted about, who should receive
alerts, and how - whether by phone, e-mail or text message. In addition to
self-monitoring, clients can also opt for round-the-clock monitoring by
dedicated professionals.

    Home Monitoring from Bell offers a broad range of capabilities, including:

    - Know when the kids are home safely from school: Clients can receive an
      alert at work to let them know when their son or daughter turns the
      system off using a personal PIN.
    - Support independent living: With Safe at Home service, Home Monitoring
      from Bell can keep track of normal movement within the home. For
      example, a client can be notified if an elderly parent is not up and
      about following their normal routine by a specified time in the
    - Be alerted to unexpected entry: Clients can choose to receive alerts or
      have alerts sent to designated contacts, such as family, friends or
      neighbours. Or they can elect to have the Bell Professional Monitoring
      centre monitor their home on their behalf.
    - Avoid hazards and costly damage from events such as flooding or fire:
      With home safety devices such as water and smoke detectors clients will
      quickly be alerted to potential hazards at home even when they aren't
    - Remotely monitor a cottage or rental property: Clients can use remote
      management capabilities to know when a second property is vacant or
      occupied, to arm and disarm the system and be alerted about issues that
      need attention.
    - Track the home repair person, realtor or dog walker: Clients can easily
      grant temporary access and stay informed when someone comes and goes
      from their home.
    - Video monitoring: Home Monitoring has optional video capability that
      allows clients to access a live video stream from their personal Web
      site or have images pushed to them by e-mail or to a cell phone when an
      alert occurs.

    "Canadians should have peace-of-mind when it comes to the safety and
security of their family and home," said Jack Smith, President of the Canada
Safety Council. "Home monitoring is an important tool that ensures the
well-being of loved ones and the protection of the things we value. The
Council is delighted to be partnering with Bell Canada in promoting the safety
and security of Canadians and their families."

    Cost and availability

    Home Monitoring from Bell starts at $19.95 per month, while a Home
Monitoring Starter Kit - consisting of a base unit, two door/window sensors, a
motion detector and a remote keypad - costs $299.99. Additional hardware and
services can be purchased separately.
    Home Monitoring from Bell is available for purchase online or by calling
    For more information, please visit

    About Bell Canada

    Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in communications with 28 million
customer connections across the country. The company provides consumers with
simple solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone
services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and
voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications
technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual
Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell
is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Communications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly-owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit, and for corporate information on BCE, please visit

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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Paolo
Pasquini, Bell Canada, Media Relations, (416) 581-4268, 1 888 482-0809,

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