AT&T Digital Life, A Platform For Remote Home Monitoring

Apr. 03, 2012 6:05 AM ET
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Residents in the atlanta metro can just click on a button on their iPhone or touch the screen of their iPad to save power, keep an eye on the security of their beloved ones or watch their atlanta home security situation. A new platform, which was designed by AT&T, has lately made it practical for home alarm monitoring service vendors to provide these sorts of home security and automation services. This home alarm monitoring solution aims at both atlanta home protection and all around United States and the global market as well.

In early 2012, AT&T Digital Life was published as an IP-based remote home monitoring and automation platform to offer atlanta home automation and home security service companies and companies around the globe with the abilities to offer their clients home automation and security services in a customizable and web-based way. Managed via a web-based user interface, the new platform enables suppliers to offer their customers security devices like wireless sensors and cameras with wireless communication features that will communicate with a monitoring center inside one's house. The Digital Life platform features hardware certification, application hosting, technical and integration support and licensed software. Offering a customizable experience, this platform enables suppliers to present a unique graphic user interface and extend branding to devices. Suppliers are able to tailor the solutions for particular industry and applications, i.e. consumer electronics, home alarm, healthcare, etc., based on their own needs and business types.

Digital Life is based on technology from Xanboo which was founded in 1999 as one of the earliest cloud-based home automation firms and was later taken over by AT&T in 2010. In 2006, AT&T supplied its atlanta consumers with a Xanboo-based service which was short-lived. Recently, AT&T demonstrated its Digital Life platform capacities at the GSMA Connected House at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2012. AT&T Digital Life offers lower entry costs into a market to atlanta and international home alarm monitoring vendors. This low cost can probably produce new return streams and decrease churn for the vendors. Service vendors build their own interfaces and utilizations with a software developer's kit (SDK) that contains home alarm monitoring cameras and home safety sensors at the price of $9.95/month. Digital Life platform sounds a lot like Motorola Mobility's 4 Home, presently implemented by Verizon, AT&T telecom competitor that had commenced to provide its Home Monitoring & Control solution powered by Motorola 4 Home at the price of $ 9.99/month last year.

According to Kevin Petersen, senior vice president, Digital Life, AT&T Mobility, this new business is focused on international markets, not the US. This means that homeowners in atlanta cannot benefit from the Digital Life platform at present. Nevertheless, other folks at AT&T still came on strong that besides the international markets outside of US, the Digital Life platform can be also available for atlanta home alarm monitoring service suppliers and suppliers all over US. Regardless of the countries or areas that will be involved into the new platform, we are glad to see that home alarm monitoring industry has achieved a great accomplishment.

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