Motorola buys home control company 4Home

NEW YORK Wed Dec 1, 2010 8:20pm EST

Daniel Moloney, president of Motorola's Home business Motorola Mobility, speaks at the Reuters Global Media Summit in New York, December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Daniel Moloney, president of Motorola's Home business Motorola Mobility, speaks at the Reuters Global Media Summit in New York, December 1, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Motorola Mobility, a unit of Motorola Inc MOT.N has agreed to buy privately held 4Home, a provider of technology that lets consumers control home gadgets such as thermostats or security cameras remotely from their cellphones, the company said on Wednesday.

Motorola Mobility aims to close the deal, for which it did not disclose the terms, before its January spin off from Motorola Inc.

It aims to use 4Home's technology as part of its plan to expand its offering of wireless technology for the home to be sold via wireless service providers, a Motorola executive told the Reuters Global Media Summit.

"Early next year you'll see announcements out around a major operator that's going to make this a core part of their offering around the home," Motorola Mobility President Daniel Moloney told the summit.

Moloney said 4Home's technology allows remote control in areas such as energy management, home security and media management. California based 4Home has about 35 employees, Motorola said.

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