Smart Home Technology Provides Peace of Mind to the 60 Percent of Americans Who Own a Pet

Vivint smart home technology can help keep pets both safe and healthy

PROVO, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In recognition of National Pet Awareness Month, Vivint, a leading
provider of smart home technology, is raising awareness of how smart
home technology can remotely protect, monitor and care for pets.


Many Vivint customers own a pet, as do nearly 60 percent of Americans.1
To most of these people, pets are like family. But according to
the American Humane Association, more than 10 million dogs and cats in
the U.S. are lost or stolen every year.

A new report from NextMarket Insights sponsored by Vivint found that
many customers are using smart home technology to more easily and
conveniently protect their pets, while also keeping them healthy. The
full report, “The Mass Market Smart Home: Examining Use Cases to Drive
Smart Home Adoption,” is available at www.vivint.com/usecases.

“Americans spend nearly $60 billion on their pets each year,” said Mike
Wolf, founder of NextMarket Insights and author of the report. “More
people are investing in smart home technology because of its proven
ability to help minimize the risk of losing their pet. Maintaining a
connection to a pet is one of top uses for smart home systems.”

Whether customers are on vacation, at work or running errands, Vivint
smart home technology makes it easy to check in on a pet’s well-being
from a smartphone, tablet or computer. A simple, affordable Vivint smart
home system helps customers keep their pets healthy and protected in
several ways:

  • Monitoring a pet. Vivint users can view live HD video of their
    pets from installed cameras throughout the home and yard, allowing
    them to check in throughout the day. They can also monitor their pet’s
    health. For example, pet obesity has become a major issue – one study
    found 52 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats are overweight.2
    It’s important for owners to monitor their pet’s habits, such as food
    and water intake and activity level, and to adjust where needed.
  • Keeping pets safe. A Vivint smart home provides a variety of
    sensors to alert customers of potential problems, including fire,
    carbon monoxide or if a door or window is left open. A significant
    number of pets – some estimates up to 6 million3 – are
    killed every year by wandering out of the house and into the street.
  • Providing keyless entry for dog walkers or pet sitters. Even
    while customers are away from home they can ensure their pets are
    active and cared for. Vivint smart locks create temporary pass codes
    that allow easy access for a dog walker or pet sitter. Customers can
    also receive guest entry and departure notifications to confirm their
    pet is being taken care of on a regular basis.

“My Vivint system has made caring for and watching my dogs while I’m
away from home simple and convenient,” said Hannah D. from Little Rock,
Arkansas. “Using my iPad, I’ve been able to unlock the door for the dog
sitter, watch my dogs get cared for and lock the door once the sitter
leaves. My husband and I have even had a few good laughs at watching the
way our dogs interact when they think no one is home.”

To learn more about pet safety and a Vivint smart home, visit www.vivint.com.
Watch a video about smart home technology and pets at vvnt.co/vivintpet.

Download the full NextMarket report, “The Mass Market Smart Home:
Examining Use Cases to Drive Smart Home Adoption,” at www.vivint.com/usecases.

1Gallup survey: http://www.gallup.com/poll/102952/companionship-love-animals-drive-pet-ownership.aspx

2NextMarket Insights, The Mass Market Smart Home:
Examining Use Cases to Drive Smart Home Adoption. Q3/2015

3NextMarket Insights, The Mass Market Smart Home:
Examining Use Cases to Drive Smart Home Adoption. Q3/2015

About NextMarket Insights
NextMarket Insights is a strategy
and research firm focused on emerging technologies. NextMarket advises
clients in the area of smart and connected home and emerging personal
technologies such as wearables, digital entertainment and distribution.
For more information visit http://www.nextmarket.co.

About Vivint
Vivint is a leading provider of smart home
technology. The company delivers services through a cloud-based platform
that integrates a wide range of wireless features and components to
provide simple, affordable home security, energy management and home
automation. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent
products and services, Vivint serves more than one million customers
throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.vivint.com.

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