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AT&T announces IP-based remote home monitoring

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 2:35pm
Andrew Berg, Wireless Week

AT&T Digital Life on an iPadAT&T has announced plans for a new consumer-based remote home monitoring system that includes a portfolio of all-digital, IP-based home security monitoring and automation services.

Called AT&T Digital Life, the carrier says the services will give users control over various aspects of their homes – security cameras, thermostats, water systems – using any Web-enabled device, including PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier.

AT&T said it plans to begin trials in Atlanta and Dallas this summer.

Specifically, AT&T says the new system will allow users to monitor devices such as cameras, window/door sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, motion and glass break sensors, door locks, thermostats, moisture detectors 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 change the way people live, work and play – and meets a clear need in the market,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of Digital Life at AT&T Mobility. “The service is smart, simple and customer-centric, freeing homeowners to do the things they want to do without compromising on the things they need to do to care for family and home.”

AT&T promises professional installation of the platform, sensors and other devices, as well as 24/7 technical support, and users will be able to add more services after the initial installation.

New users will be able to check the system out in AT&T stores, and it will be made available for purchase online 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.

“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 their lives easier and keep their families and property safer,” Petersen said.

In February, AT&T announced plans to launch an SDK for international providers to equip global service providers with capabilities to offer customizable, Web-based home automation, energy and security services to their subscribers.

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