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AT&T To Offer Home-Control Services

New Orleans – AT&T announced
a trial of a home-security and home-automation service that delivers remote
access to and control of a home’s systems.

The AT&T Digital Life service
will be displayed here beginning Tuesday at CTIA Wireless 2012.

 Consumers will be able to monitor and manage
home systems through any web-enabled device, such as a PC, tablet or
smartphone. Homeowners, for example, could be alerted to a leak and then
remotely turn off the water to the house. Users could also remotely unlock
doors to let in repair people.

The announcement of the IP-based
service followed the recent unveiling of a

wholesale version of the remote monitoring and automation

targeted to service providers outside the U.S.

Trials are planned in Dallas and
Atlanta this summer and will be rolled out nationally later on. A timetable
wasn’t announced.

The service will include
professionally installed wireless Wi-Fi and Z-Wave devices, including security
cameras, window/door sensors, motion and glass-break sensors, smoke and carbon
monoxide detectors, thermostats, moisture detectors and appliance power
controls. The service will use AT&T

mobile Internet service

to connect the
home to the Internet, but in the trials, subscribers can use their own wired
broadband connections.

AT&T plans to offer the
service through its existing channels, as well as options to experience and
purchase the service in AT&T distribution channels, including company-owned
wireless stores and