Wireless carrier AT&T has just announced that it will soon launch an all-digital IP-based home monitoring system that will allow you to check in on your humble abode while at work, on the road or anywhere there is an Internet connection around the world. Now, you can finally see what your cat does all day when you’re gone.
The remote monitoring service, called AT&T Digital Life, will allow users to set the temperature of the air-conditioner, unlock doors, shut off the water, turn on lights, and even spy on the kids right from their desktop computer iPad, or even iPhone. “How is this possible?” you ask. AT&T has set up a Web-based interface that stores your monitoring system’s information in the cloud. Whether you are checking in on your home or business, you’ll be able to keep a close watch on your valuables.
AT&T’s wholesale remote monitoring platform is backward wirelessly controlled through your home or office and is connected back via broadband to a platform in the cloud, which has a Web-based interface that allows you to interact with your home or business with any Web-enabled device.
“We’re planning a unique suite of services, from start to finish, that will give homeowners control of their property and their possessions through an easy to navigate user interface,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of Digital Life, AT&T Mobility. “Our focus is on providing our customers with a comprehensive home security and automation solution that offers the best possible customer experience, and uses the most advanced mobile internet technology on the market to make their lives easier and keep their families and property safer.”
The service will be available to subscribers via their mobile Internet service, or Wi-Fi, Z-Wave or broadband connections. They will be able to access the platform interface even if they are not using an AT&T network.
The Digital Life home monitoring system will begin trials in Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas, Texas this summer. Soon, you’ll be turning off lights and shutting the window blinds right from your iPad.