SecurTek announces the launch of SecurTek Home Manager

    REGINA, May 25 /CNW/ - SecurTek along with its partner Home Automated
Living, today announced the launch of the SecurTek Home Manager service - a
centralized, whole-home automation system that is the first of its kind in
    SecurTek Home Manager is a voice command home automation system that
allows customers to automate their home's environmental, power and
entertainment systems. A monitored SecurTek security system is integrated into
SecurTek Home Manager. Unlike other home automation systems, SecurTek installs
and manages the system so customers do not require extensive technical
    "We are very pleased to provide this innovative service to SecurTek
customers across Canada," Minister of Crown Corporations, Ken Cheveldayoff
said. "SecurTek Home Manager is an eco-friendly system that can help customers
save money while conserving energy."
    "Home Automated Living is proud to be a SecurTek partner," said Tim
Shriver, President. "As an innovative company with extensive knowledge and
experience in the monitoring industry, SecurTek is uniquely qualified to
launch a home automation system like the one we've developed."
    "We're looking forward to introducing SecurTek Home Manager to the
Canadian marketplace," said SecurTek President and Chief Operating Officer
Barry Rogers. "Home Automated Living is a leader in the home automation
industry and we're confident that homeowners across the country will be very
excited about incorporating this amazing technology into their lives."
    Customers can control many home systems with SecurTek Home Manager,
including their security system, heating, cooling, irrigation, entertainment
systems, lighting and even their personal computer. They can communicate with
the system in a number of ways, including by phone, PDA (personal wireless
device), microphone system and the internet. The system allows customers to
save energy by turning off lights, TVs and other devices, and by turning down
the furnace or air conditioner when no one is home.
    SecurTek Home Manager will be available in markets currently served by
SecurTek and its network of dealers. SecurTek operates in British Columbia,
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

    About SecurTek

    SecurTek, a wholly owned subsidiary of SaskTel, provides commercial and
residential security monitoring services to customers in Saskatchewan,
Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, and selectively in Ontario and Nova
Scotia, from their state-of-the-art fully redundant monitoring centres in
Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba. SecurTek partners with 96
independently owned firms including retail, wholesale, and servicing dealers
who provide security sales and service expertise to their customers. Operating
a security monitoring centre leverages SaskTel's call centre, network
management and process expertise to provide value added services. The web site
for SecurTek is The web site for SaskTel is

    About Home Automated Living

    HAL software and hardware products give users the ability to control all
the systems in the home including lights, appliances, climate, home
audio/video, security, and telephone from any web browser or touch screen on
the home network or via the Internet from anywhere in the world. Additionally,
HAL delivers a conversational, speaker-independent speech interface giving the
user the option to control the home by voice using microphones or telephones
from anywhere. Home Automated Living has been featured on ABC's Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition on several occasions, is the winner of numerous
industry awards including the Consumer Electronics Association "Innovations
Award" honoring product excellence in design and engineering and is of the
Smithsonian Institution's Permanent Research Collection on Information
Technology Innovation. Products include HALbasic, HALdeluxe, HAL2000, HALpro,
HALvoices, HAL Digital Music Center, HAL Digital Video Center and HAL Voice
Portal. For more information on HAL products, visit the HAL website at

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Englot, SaskTel Media Relations, (306)
777-4476,; Bill Stevenson, New Business
Development, (301) 498-7000,

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