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Friday, March 30, 2012

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

Residing in the Houston metro, householders can conserve power, check out the well-being of their beloved ones or watch their Houston home security just by clicking on a key on their phone or touching the screen of their tablet. In early 2012, AT&T has come up with a new platform with the capabilities to provide these kinds of connections to home security service vendors. The new home monitoring solution from AT&T not only aims at Houston home safety, but also the whole US and international market.

In Feb 2012, AT&T Digital Life was announced as an IP-based remote home monitoring and automation platform to provide Houston security service providers and companies around the world with the abilities to offer their clients home security and automation services in a custom-built and web-based way. Controlled through a web-based user interface, this new platform enables suppliers to offer their customers security equipments like wireless sensors and cameras with wire-free communication features that will communicate with a monitoring center inside the home. The Digital Life platform includes licensed software development kits, technical and integration support, hardware certification and application hosting. Providing a customizable experience, the platform enables suppliers to create a unique graphic user interface and extend branding to equipments. Based on their own requirements and business types, vendors are allowed to tailor the solutions for specific market and applications, i.e. consumer electronics, home alarm monitoring, healthcare, etc.

Digital Life platform had its origin from technology from Xanboo, which was bought up by AT&T in 2010. Xanboo was set up in 1999 as one of the earliest cloud-based home security and automation companies. In 2006, AT&T had provided its Houston clients with a Xanboo-based program which was terminated soon after. At the GSMA Connected House at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, which was held from Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2012, AT&T showed its Digital Life platform abilities. AT&T Digital Life offers Houston and international home security and automation vendors with lower entry costs into a market that can probably generate new return streams and decrease churn for the suppliers. Home automation and home security service vendors can build their own interfaces and utilizations with a software developer's kit (SDK) that covers home alarm monitoring cameras and home security sensors at the price of $9.95/month. Digital Life platform is similar to Motorola Mobility's 4 Home, presently implemented by Verizon, AT&T telecom rival that had begun to provide its Home Monitoring & Control solution based upon Motorola 4 Home at the price of $ 9.99/month last year.

Kevin Peterson, a Senior VP at AT&T, noted that focus for this new business is on worldwide markets, not the US. This indicates that the Digital Life platform cannot be used in Houston home security currently. Nevertheless, some staffs at AT&T took this home automation solution as "for not only the US market, but the rest of the world as well", indicating that the Digital Life platform will be also available for Houston security service suppliers and vendors all around US. Despite of the countries or areas that will be involved into this new platform, we are glad to see that home automation industry has obtained an immense accomplishment.

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