Monday, January 7, 2013

AT&T Digital Life Home Security to Launch in March

AT&T is preparing to launch a wireless-based home security and automation service that will let consumers adjust the thermostat, unlock doors and monitor energy usage via their smartphones or tablets. The wireless monitoring will include cameras, door locks, window/door sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, glass breakage sensors, moisture detectors and appliance/lighting controls.  The service will be supported by dedicated monitoring centers staffed 24/7 with agents able to respond to emergencies and alert police and fire authorities as required.

AT&T plans to launch the Digital Life service in eight U.S. markets in March, with up to 50 additional market rollouts planned in 2013.

Cisco will provide the Digital Life control panel and back-office provisioning and applications life-cycle management system for the Digital Life service.  The home network will use five radios (one-way and two-way communications radios, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi and 3G) to support the sensors, keypads and cameras. Cisco is using the OSGi software framework to streamline new services such as energy management.