AT&T To Offer Home-Control Services - Twice

AT&T To Offer Home-Control Services

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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 platform

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 ATT.com.

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