AT&T launches home security, monitoring service

AT&T has launched a home security and monitoring service in 15 US markets, as it ramps up efforts to generate revenues from non-traditional sources.

The operator – which runs the second-biggest mobile-phone network in the US, after Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) – ultimately aims to generate $1 billion in annual revenues from the service, according to Reuters.

The operator reported first-quarter revenues of $31.4 billion.

AT&T has launched a home security and monitoring service in 15 US markets, as it ramps up efforts to generate revenues from non-traditional sources.

The operator – which runs the second-biggest mobile-phone network in the US, after Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) – ultimately aims to generate $1 billion in annual revenues from the service, according to Reuters.

The operator reported first-quarter revenues of $31.4 billion.

Branded Digital Life, the new service is set to become available in a total of 50 US markets by the end of the year and allows customers to adjust temperature settings, unlock doors and activate other household appliances via their smartphones, tablets and PCs.

“We know how important security is to our customers, and this was our top priority when we set out to build Digital Life,” said Kevin Petersen, the senior vice president of AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) Digital Life. “People rely on their mobile devices more than ever, so Digital Life offers an easy and convenient way to secure their homes, protect their families and simplify their lives from virtually anywhere.”

Customers can choose from two pricing plans, with the more basic option – called Simple Security – costing $29.99 a month plus an installation fee of $149.99.

For $39.99 a month, plus set-up costs of $249.99, customers get added security features.

The operator is also advertising a menu of automation packages that customers can pay additional charges to receive.

These include an energy package that controls appliances, lighting and thermostats for an extra $4.99 a month, and a camera package that allows customers to view live video from inside and outside the home for an additional monthly charge of $9.99.

Customers do not have to be subscribers to AT&T’s mobile or broadband services and Digital Life apps are available for iOS, Android and Windows devices.