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 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
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 ATT.com.