AT&T Will Launch Home Security, Automation Services in March

DALLAS — After announcing last year that it would launch a new home security offering, AT&T revealed Monday that it will unveil its Digital Life services in eight markets in March. The firm also plans to roll out the service to up to 50 additional markets in 2013.

The IP-based Digital Life service will include professionally installed and monitored window and door sensors, CCTV cameras, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, motion and glass-break sensors, thermostats, water shut-off valves, door locks, plus the ability to remotely turn off appliances. AT&T will respond to alarms through its monitoring centers staffed 24/7, according to the company.

With its Digital Life offering, AT&T will allow customers to choose from two different plans. The first option, called Simple Security, will offer basic home security services. The Smart Security option allows customers to choose from four different packages. The selections include video (live video from inside and outside the home); energy (control appliances, lighting and HVAC); door (remote and automated control of door locks); and water (detects water leaks in the home and shuts off water at the main source).

AT&T tapped Cisco to build its UL-Listed Digital Life control panel, which will run the firm’s all-digital, all-wireless home security and automation platform. When the service rolls out in March, the company will release pricing details and its specific markets, according to an AT&T press release.

“We’re offering consumers a new experience in how they try, buy and experience home security and automation,” Kevin Petersen, senior vice president, AT&T Digital Life says. “Unlike other services in the market, we’ve designed a service that lets the customer customize their experience, from purchase to services selected to controlling these services through the app on the device of their choice.”

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