Digital Life Platform by AT&T Concentrates on Home Monitoring and Automation

In Feb 2012, AT&T Digital Life was proclaimed as an IP-based remote monitoring and automation platform to provide Houston home security service providers and providers around the world with the capabilities to offer their customers home security and automation services in a customizable and web-based way. Managed through a web-based user interface, the new platform enables providers to offer their consumers home automation equipments like wire-free detectors and cameras with wire-free communication features that can communicate with a monitoring center in the house. The Digital Life platform features licensed software development kits, technical and integration support, hardware certification and application hosting. Providing a custom-built experience, the platform will enable vendors to create a typical illustrative user interface and expand branding to equipments. Vendors are allowed to customize the solutions for fixed market and applications, i.e. consumer products, security, healthcare, etc., dependent upon their own requirements and business types.

Digital Life is based on technology from Xanboo which was founded in 1999 as one of the original cloud-based home alarm monitoring businesses and was later bought up by AT&T in 2010. In 2006, AT&T provided its Houston clients with a Xanboo-based service which came to an end not long after. Not long ago, AT&T showed its Digital Life platform capabilities at the GSMA Connected House at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2012. AT&T Digital Life provides lower entry costs into a market to Houston and international home security and automation providers. Such a low cost can potentially create new profit streams and reduce churn for the providers. Home security service providers can build their own interfaces and applications with a software developer¡¯s kit (SDK) that includes monitoring cameras and security detectors at the price of $ 9.95/month. This platform is similar to Motorola Mobility¡¯s 4 Home, currently utilized by Verizon, AT&T telecom rival that had started 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 of Digital Life for AT&T Mobility, the new platform is mainly tuned to worldwide markets, not the US. It may indicate that householders in Houston cannot profit from the Digital Life platform currently. On the contrary, some staffs at AT&T still promoted that besides the worldwide markets outside of the United States, the Digital Life platform will be also available for Houston home automation and home security service vendors and vendors all around United States. Despite of the countries or areas that can be counted into this new platform, we are thrilled to see that home automation and security industry has obtained an immense success.

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