AT&T Launching Digital Life Home Automation In 15 Markets This Spring

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Home automation has been a lagging industry in the mainstream. Sure, those with plenty of disposable income can have their whole home wired up to react to their every word, but what about the rest of us? With no major standardization efforts in place, there's little hope that mainstream users will have affordable ways to automate their home... or will they? AT&T is hoping to bridge that gap with Digital Life, and it has just announced an expansion of Digital Life launch markets. Customers in 15 markets across the U.S. will soon get to experience the newest technology in home security and automation, with the expansion moving that up from just eight markets this Spring. AT&T will continue to launch Digital Life in new markets across the nation, with plans to reach up to 50 markets by the end of 2013.

With just an app, customers can easily manage and control security and automation devices by setting up programs and alerts. For instance, you can get a notice when your front porch video camera sees motion or set your system to turn on lights, unlock the door and change the thermostat when the garage door opens. The all-digital, wireless Digital Life platform allows extensive flexibility with the sensors and services available to customers which include water leak, CO, smoke and glass break sensors, thermostats for managing energy, wirelessly-controlled door locks, video cameras, and more.

Customers may experience the services inside an AT&T store before making a purchase, order through a call center representative, visit, or schedule an appointment with an in-home sales consultant. Naturally, it won't come cheap, but it'll sure be interesting to see how the early adopters dig it.
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sevags replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 3:39 PM

As a Uverse customer I've been really interested in these products since I first heard about them last year. I wouldn't be interested in the whole package as my house is only 1400~ square feet so only so much automation can be done but front and backyard cameras along with the lights in the same places would be great. It's all going to depend on hardware prices whether I get I try this out or not.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 4:30 PM

Wow; home automation is definitely the next wave, and it is also why I was laughing when the article was posted a couple weeks back saying 10-15 years and we would be able to have home healthcare etc., if this thing works like there saying it would be full portal to portal web conference, and Imagine being able to see control and write programs for your own home automation system remotely from any web portal. 


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Home Automation is a VERY VERY slowly moving wave that started 20 years ago. There is no earthly reason why it should not have taken off long ago. There are a thousand vendors offering the same products, but very few buyers. Smartphones could kickstart things, but they havent yet. Frustration for those of us anxious to start thinking about Home Automation 2.0.

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realneil replied on Mon, Mar 25 2013 9:15 PM

Motion sensor lights go well with my dual-canine alarm system.

It all costs me a lot less, and that's good considering that I can't afford this technology. Smile

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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