AT&T To Begin Trials for Nationwide Home Security & Automation Services
AT&T announced plans for a new portfolio of all-digital, IP-based home security monitoring and automation services. Called AT&T Digital LifeTM, the services will give users control and security of their homes using web-enabled devices, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier.
AT&T plans to begin trials in Atlanta and Dallas this summer.
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.
“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. “The service promises to be as robust as anything in the marketplace today backed by the trusted AT&T brand. 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 robust lineup of connected devices such as:
- Window/door sensors
- Smoke, carbon monoxide, motion and glass break sensors
- Door locks
- Moisture detection
- 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 will offer professional installation of the Digital Life platform, sensors and other devices. The company will also operate its own 24/7 security monitoring centers to support its integrated, wirelessly enabled platform that combines home security and automation capabilities.
Homeowners will have the ability to manage and control their services from the U.S. or while traveling abroad through a user interface application, the company stated. Through the app, a customer can monitor or detect activity on any one of the installed devices, and take action. For example, with the water detection and control solutions, one can detect whether you have a leak and then remotely turn off the water.
The services will be available for purchase and demonstration at AT&T’s distribution channels, including AT&T company-owned retail stores, as well as att.com when available commercially.
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. Trial subscribers can use their own wired broadband solution with the Digital Life system and can access the service and remotely control the products from smartphones, tablets and PCs, regardless of carrier.
“We’re planning a unique suite of services, from start to finish, that will give homeowners control of their property and their possessions through an easy to navigate user interface,” Petersen said. “Our focus is on providing our customers with a comprehensive home security and automation solution that offers the best possible customer experience, and uses the most advanced mobile internet technology on the market to make th
eir lives easier and keep their families and property safer.”
This comes on the heels of the recently announced wholesale version of the remote monitoring and automation platform targeted at global service providers.