Rogers Communications Inc. launched a new home monitoring and automation service on Wednesday called Smart Home Monitoring. Powered by Rogers' cable and wireless networks, the new service lets customers automate and manage sensors, adjust cameras, thermostats and lights, as well as small home appliances from their computers or smartphones, Rogers said in a release. Rogers said that, from an easy-to-use touchpad, mounted either on a wall or placed on a table in the home, customers can arm, disarm and manage their system. “The touchpad constantly communicates with its highly encrypted smart sensors throughout the home, checking their status, signal strength, battery level and even room temperature,” the release said. If an alarm occurs, the touchpad instantly connects with a central monitoring system over both cable and wireless networks, which operate 24-hours a day, Rogers said. The company said the service offers three rate plans, with the “home basics” plan starting at $40 per month. Rogers said a starter kit is available for $149 on a three-year term or for $749 without a contract. It will also be offered with optional sensors and in discounted value packs. “All systems are professionally installed for a one-time fee of $99,” Rogers said.