AT&T plans to launch home automation services

On Monday at CTIA Wireless, AT&T announced plans for a new portfolio of all-digital, IP-based home security monitoring and automation services.  Called AT&T Digital Life, the services will give users control and security of their homes using any web-enabled device, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier, says AT&T.



On Monday at CTIA Wireless, AT&T announced plans for a new portfolio of all-digital, IP-based home security monitoring and automation services.  Called AT&T Digital Life, the services will give users control and security of their homes using any web-enabled device, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier, says AT&T.


Managed by a newly created Digital Life group, the remote monitoring and automation portfolio will feature web-based access to automation, energy and water controls, as well as professionally monitored security services, says AT&T (Dallas, Texas, USA).  The company has planned to begin trials in Atlanta and Dallas this summer.


“The AT&T Digital Life service has the potential to take home monitoring and home security solutions to another level,” said Larry Hettick, research director, Consumer Services, for Current Analysis. “I am particularly impressed with its IP-based wireless platform, plans for a nationwide offering, and a wide range of devices that can be monitored and viewed from any carrier’s wireless or wireline Internet connection. These consumer-friendly capabilities will help grow this industry.”


AT&T Digital Life will feature a lineup of connected devices such as: cameras; window/door sensors, smoke, carbon monoxide, motion and glass break sensors; door locks; thermostats; moisture detection; and appliance power controls. The devices will be wirelessly enabled to connect to the IP-based AT&T Digital Life platform inside the home. 


AT&T Digital Life will offer a 24/7 security monitoring center, as well as a user interface application that allows customers to customize a service based on their needs. The application can also allow customers to control settings while traveling abroad, says AT&T.


The Digital Life platform includes built-in AT&T mobile internet service and will also be capable of Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, and wired broadband connections.