Is there anything your cell phone can’t do? At this point, no. While it can’t quite make your bed and do your laundry, Portus allows you to save a few bucks — so maybe you can hire someone to do your chores for you.
The new Portus Home solution allows you to use a cell phone or other web-enabled device to peek in on your home’s happenings, as well as its energy consumption.
The sensors and system connect inside the house via Z-Wave. Outside, users can connect with family and friends via a Portus home-based web camera and any Internet browser. When security sensors are tripped, the system also notifies the homeowner via SMS, email or voicemail, and captures action via a wireless camera.
Web cams and sensors are nothing new, but Portus’ added hook is that it allows customers to keep an eye on a home’s energy consumption — and turn down lights or other appliances to maybe save a few bucks.
Portus Home will be available starting April 1. The starter kit ($250) includes a gateway, camera, occupancy and door sensors and an appliance module. Monitoring services run an additional $15 per month.