AT&T Takes on ADT with Their Own Home Security System
Starting with a trial run in Dallas and Atlanta this summer, AT&T will start offering its Digital Life service, a comprehensive home security system that will likely blow away what most other security systems can offer.
That’s because AT&T can easily leverage its network to offer you online and mobile connectivity to your new security system, wherever you are. The new security system will be IP-based, and, as mentioned before, will be comprehensive. Really, really comprehensive.
Digital Life will include cameras; windows and door sensors; smoke, carbon monoxide, motion, and glass break sensors; door locks; thermostats; moisture detection; and appliance power controls. This won’t be a security system in the way you’re used to – in addition to protection from burglary, you’ll be getting protection from appliance mishaps and emergency situations, as well. That entire list of features is digitally connected to the same IP system, and is always in the control of the home owner, provided they are within reach of something that can connect to the Internet.
For example, you’ll be able to remotely open doors for repairmen, or be able to shut off water immediately if a leak is detected. If an intruder is detected, the Digital Life team on-hand 24/7 will pick up the slack and send the authorities to your home ASAP.
This won’t be limited to AT&T subscribers – AT&T has specifically created a group called Digital Life that will professionally monitor these services, which will be available to anyone who wishes to purchase the security system. Those professional security monitors will be available 24/7 for those who opt to have Digital Life installed.
Digital Life users will be able to use a web browser or an app to control their home security system, and can both detect problems and receive alerts when one of the sensors or detectors in the house is tripped, allowing them to take appropriate action, or let the Digital Life team handle it.
Though the controls can be accessed through any network, Digital Life comes with built-in AT&T mobile Internet service, and will be compatible with Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, and wired broadband connections. After the initial installation, new features can be added as AT&T develops them, and AT&T is preparing an SDK, so third-parties can create their own security features based on Digital Life.
So, the good news is, if you hook up your home with Digital Life, you’ll be getting that much closer to having a smart home, thanks to security features and 24/7 security m0nitoring of your home run by AT&T. The bad news? AT&T having access to your home’s security system 24/7. Just saying.
If you’re interested in Digital Life, you can sign up to be notified when it becomes available in your area here.