AT&T to Test New Home Security Service This Summer

ATLANTA — AT&T will begin trials for its new home automation and security service this summer in Dallas and Atlanta, reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

The telecom announced its Digital Life Services unit in November. The service will help consumers monitor homes from intrusion to water damage.

The technology comes from Xanboo, a home automation specialist that AT&T acquired in 2010. The Xanboo central control panel can connect wirelessly with cameras, thermostats, appliance controls, lights and sensors for doors, windows, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, according to AT&T. The panel also allows consumers to use any Web-enabled device, regardless of wireless carrier, to remotely monitor their homes. The panel can also connect to AT&T’s wireless data network as a backup.

The installations and services will be sold at AT&T stores, although the telecom has not released the price of the package. The company is currently in the process of hiring more employees to support the service.

Venturing into the home automation and security business could potentially add $1 billion to AT&T’s annual revenue, reports Reuters.

AT&T is one of many telecom and cable companies seeking to break into the electronic security business. Its rival, Verizon Wireless, launched its Home Monitoring and Control service last fall. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and telecom Frontier Communications also offer home security services.

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