AT&T has officially launched their Digital Life home management and automation system today. This initial launch will bring support for select markets and with features that touch on everything from security to remote access. The Digital Life setup will allow users to do things such as remotely unlock a door, turn on a light and adjust the thermostat from their Android running smartphone or tablet.
Of course, we should make it clear, this is not something supported only on Android. In fact, AT&T also has apps for other mobile platforms as well as access available directly from the web. First thing first though, for now the AT&T Digital Life system is available for those in Atlanta, Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Riverside, San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis as well as select areas of the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area.
The Digital Life system is broken down into a few packages. You have the Simple Security and the Smart Security options. The difference here being how much equipment you get and what the monthly cost will be. The Simple Security option is $29.99 per month with an upfront cost of $149.99 and includes 24/7 home monitoring and a 24-hour backup battery as well as a wireless keypad, keychain remote, sensors and an indoor siren. The Smart Security option is $39.99 per month with an upfront cost of $249.99. This package includes the items from the Simple Security option as well as your choice of three items from the following; motion sensor, carbon monoxide sensor, glass break sensor, smoke sensor or takeover kit.
In addition, the Digital Life system also has the option to further upgrade. In this case there are packages that deal with camera, energy, water detection, water control and door access. For those interesting but not in one of those select markets, AT&T has said they plan to have Digital Life available in “up to” 50 markets by years end. Bottom line here, AT&T is now in the home management and automation space with what appears to be a relatively powerful looking consumer setup.[via AT&T]