AT&T Launches Digital Life Home Security System in 15 Markets
AT&T saw a niche for a wireless, personalized, app-based home security solution. Its Digital Life will be in 50 U.S. markets by year's end.Homeowners and renters can purchase it, and there are options if the customer moves. Really, there are options for everything. AT&T's goal is to make it—as so much else connected to a wireless network is—deeply customized and personal. Users can customize the view they see when they log on to the site—which, again, is said to be incredibly secure, given that it can be used to unlock your front door. Users can also customize what does what and when, from telling the system to alert them to any movement in or near the house during a week they'll be on vacation, to asking it to send a photo of the kids when they come through the door around 3 p.m. Items—such as lamps or coffee makers—can be plugged into smart outlet plugs and scheduled to be turned on or off, once or regularly. Petersen said that AT&T isn't offering bundles out of the gate, but that he sees "great opportunities to create provocative offerings."
Down the road, AT&T also plans to tie in location-based services, which could mean that the thermostat and lights could respond to a homeowner turning on to his street, or an unlocked door could know to lock itself when a homeowner is away from the property.