AT&T to do home security in Dallas, Atlanta

Professionally installed ‘Digital Life’ systems will be professionally monitored as well
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DALLAS—AT&T has announced plans to bring its home security/home automation offering to Atlanta and Dallas this summer.

Called Digital Life, the offering will be professionally installed and professionally monitored from AT&T owned and operated 24/7 monitoring stations, the company said in a May 7 news release.

Calls and emails requesting interviews and comments from AT&T were not returned by May 9.

Connected devices offered will include cameras, window, door, smoke and carbon monoxide sensors, thermostats and appliance power controls.

Security Systems News reported in December 2011 that AT&T planned to come to Atlanta, where its new Digital Life Services division will be based.

Details on the products AT&T will be using are few, but in April 2011, SSN reported that AT&T was terminating its Xanboo dealer agreement.

 According to the recent news release on Digital Life:

--The devices will be wirelessly enabled to connect to the IP-based AT&T Digital Life platform inside the home. The system will “contain a user interface application, which allows customers to customize a solution based on individual needs, and the ability to manage and control their services from the U.S. or while traveling abroad.”
   
--The service will be sold through “AT&T distribution channels, including AT&T company-owned retail stores.” It will also be available for online purchase after the trial period.
  
--The system includes “built-in AT&T mobile Internet service and will also be capable of Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, and wired broadband connections."

--During the trial period, 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.”

Comments

 

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