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