US telco AT&T has finally revealed its Connected Home service, called ‘Digital Life’ and designed to enable subscribers to monitor, protect and manage their homes from smartphones, tablets or PCs.
The new service will be launched commercially in eight markets this March, with up to 50 additional markets rollouts planned this year. It will come in a range of packages, ranging from basic home security to total home automation.
As with Verizon’s Home Monitoring and Control service (launched in October 2011), AT&T Digital Life will let users turn down the thermostat at home, watch live video feeds of their living room, monitor their energy use and lock the back door remotely.
The service offers a wider lineup of wirelessly-enabled devices than the Verizon offering however, going beyond the standard window/door sensors and thermostats to include smoke, carbon monoxide, motion and glass break sensors, and moisture detection and water shut-off.
The service is connected to dedicated monitoring centres staffed 24/7 with professionals who will respond to emergencies and alert police and fire authorities, along with customers, with precise details on where the event inside the home occurred.