Internet Home Alliance, a non-profit trade group devoted to high-tech and consumer companies unveiled the OnStar at Home program. Introduced at the 2002 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. OnStar at Home is a multi-company collaborative effort devoted to creating a fully integrated home control and security system that can be accessed through in-vehicle voice recognition, a standard Web browser or wireless enabled PDA.

Alliance members include OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of GM, Invensys, Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard and ADT Security Services. The combined efforts from these companies will result in an integrated package that will be tested in approximately 100 homes. The homes will use technology that enable homeowners to perform such remote functions as lock/unlock doors, operate the security system, change thermostats, turn on/off lights and view the home through web cams.

Tony Barra, president of the Internet Home Alliance, says, “The families that participate in the OnStar at Home pilot will be able to take advantage of emerging technology solutions to solve everyday family problems. What’s even more important is that we’ve created an environment that has brought diverse companies together to produce solutions for the consumer that the individual companies would not have created on their own.”

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