Home automation has been an up-and-comer for over a decade, with repeated failures by startups. However its time may have come, now that most homes have broadband access and wireless connectivity. Comcast is already in as is Time-Warner, and now AT&T is entering the market. Home automation appears to have finally arrived: R. Colin Johnson
Here is what AT&T says about their new home automation effort: AT&T today announced plans for a new portfolio of all-digital, IP-based home security monitoring and automation services. Called AT&T Digital Life, its services will give users unparalleled control and security of their homes using any web-enabled device, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier.
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.
AT&T Digital Life will feature a robust lineup of connected devices like:
Smoke, carbon monoxide, motion and glass break sensors
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 include numerous unique features and benefits:
Professional installation of the platform, sensors and other devices
Integrated, wirelessly enabled platform that combines home security and automation capabilities
AT&T owned and operated 24/7 security monitoring centers
A state-of-the-art 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 option to experience and purchase the service in AT&T’s distribution channels, including AT&T company-owned retail stores. The service will also be made available for purchase on att.com when available commercially.
The ability to add more features and services after the initial installation, hassle free
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.
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.