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AT&T Digital Life interface
AT&T plans to test the system out in a series of trials beginning this summer in Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas, Texas

AT&T announced a new set of services today called AT&T Digital Life, which will allow customers to control various aspects of their home via Internet-enabled devices.

AT&T Digital Life aims to provide full wireless control of home security and automation services through the use of mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets as well as PCs.

Customers will be able to monitor and control their home security systems, automation, energy and water via the Internet. The digital, IP-based AT&T Digital Life features many devices and services like cameras, door locks, thermostats, moisture detection, window/door sensors, appliance power controls and sensors for smoke, carbon monoxide, glass break and motion.

AT&T will professionally install the devices needed, and connect the system wirelessly. AT&T Digital Life comes with AT&T mobile Internet service, but can also connect to Wi-Fi, wired broadband and Z-Wave connections.

Customers can then use their PC or mobile devices to access AT&T Digital Life's interface application, where household security and services can be managed. Users can control AT&T Digital Life in the U.S. or abroad no matter which carrier they're with. Customers can also add more features later after installation.

"AT&T Digital Life will change the way people live, work and play -- and meets a clear need in the market," said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of AT&T Mobility's Digital Life. "The service is smart, simple and customer centric -- freeing homeowners to do the things they want to do without compromising on the things they need to do to care for family and home.

"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. 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.”

AT&T plans to test the system out in a series of trials beginning this summer in Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas, Texas.

Source: AT&T

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Gee thanks.
By dark matter on 5/7/2012 12:38:16 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks to AT&T I can draw my curtains and turn up the thermostat. I feel finally in control now.

RE: Gee thanks.
By geddarkstorm on 5/7/2012 12:53:16 PM , Rating: 3
This'll make wardriving (fishing for unsecure networks) a lot more interesting.

RE: Gee thanks.
By BillyBatson on 5/7/2012 1:19:02 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they not be secure? AT&T uverse and other similar services come with pre set pass keys to login on the wifi network and you have to worry about someone writing down the key or taking a pic of it on a cell phone on the side of the modem while you're in the bathroom or something. I'm pretty sure this service will come with a key if installed by AT&T. If you DIY of course that's a different story.

RE: Gee thanks.
By Souka on 5/7/2012 3:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
If it's on Wi-fi, it CAN be hacked... period.

RE: Gee thanks.
By Solandri on 5/7/2012 6:14:13 PM , Rating: 2
The weak link is, as usual, people. Verizon FIOS did a similar thing - setting up all their routers with preset WEP passwords. The problem was the algorithm they used to generate the password was rather stupid, and quickly reverse-engineered.

They've fixed it now (I believe newer codes are randomly generated - no idea why they did it algorithmically before). But it just goes to show that even if the system is theoretically secure, it's still rather likely that the people implementing it won't fully understand it, and will implement it in a way which compromises that security.

RE: Gee thanks.
By leviathan05 on 5/7/2012 1:23:09 PM , Rating: 2
Just wait until the system gets hacked and your thermostat is set to max temps, hot water is turned off, alarm system periodically arms and disarms, and a whole host of other fun stuff.

RE: Gee thanks.
By ViroMan on 5/7/2012 1:52:31 PM , Rating: 2
ohh you think that's bad.

This proves that this guy would have even more ways to kill you.

RE: Gee thanks.
By bah12 on 5/7/2012 2:04:12 PM , Rating: 3
Hacking is not the main problem. Actually as a sad owner of LifeShield (previously InGrid). The real problem is that there is so much RF interference in the sensors, that they just randomly loose connection. I can go maybe 3 days without my system chirping about something lost. It has come to the point that I am about another week away from unhooking it all, as I don't feel comfortable even arming it while away in fear of a false alarm and the trip charge if they call the cops out. They will happily sell me $90 grid extenders, but yah right. Also the batteries die within a year or two, the sensor ones are cheap, but the other devices are proprietary and $10 per. What a joke.

If anyone goes this route take my advice and be sure all that is covered in the monthly fee.

Better yet...
By 1ceTr0n on 5/7/2012 9:58:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'll get off my farking American ass and lock all my necassary doors and windows manually and adjust my temperature with my built in fingers on a needed basis.

Hack that. Oh sure, you could break in despite locking it all up, but be prepared for a nice shot from my 12 gauge Remington if you do

RE: Better yet...
By Alexstarfire on 5/8/2012 1:50:23 AM , Rating: 2
I think this is supposed to be more of a "when you're not at home" type of situation. If you were to only use this from with-in your house then that'd be kind of lazy. But hey, this is America we live in after all. Wouldn't be the same if we couldn't pay a crap ton in order to be more lazy.

Not Bad
By Kyuu on 5/8/2012 12:54:47 AM , Rating: 2
This sounds nice for the sort of thing I've wanted to do: have a home security system without paying a rip-off monthly fee to some security company, having to worry about the cops rolling out for false alarms, and without having to let their techs do their hack-job of wiring it all up.

A few security cameras, a few glass-break sensors and motion sensors at likely entry points, and alerts just go to my smart phone where I can bring up the camera feeds and call the police myself if a break-in is actually in-progress.

Only concerns are: prices for these devices, prices for proprietary batteries (as brought up by another commenter), wireless connectivity issues, and if AT&T forces a subscription to their monitoring service.

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