DETROIT — Did you teens leave the house with all the lights on and the doors unlocked? No problem.
Want to save energy by turning off the air conditioning until an hour before you get home? Easy.
Just curious about who’s stopped by the house today? Got it covered.
AT&T Inc. announced it would launch its Digital Life product in Detroit Friday, along with four other markets.
Digital Life offers security and convenience in a customizable form that can be controlled from smartphones, tablets or PCs.
In metro Detroit, Comcast introduced a similar product, Xfinity Home, a little over a year ago. Also offering similar products is Southfield-based Guardian. But AT&T says there’s plenty of market opportunity in the $18-billion-a-year security industry — only 20 percent of homes have security systems, and less than 1 percent have home automation of the type Digital Life offers.
AT&T Digital Life provides flexibility, offering basic home security with a package called Simple Security, to total home automation with the Smart Security package. All services are offered over Internet Protocol network.
AT&T says it’s establishing its own United States-based monitoring centers and hiring security and automation professionals for a quality installation experience, and will be offering a simple purchasing process online and in its retail stores.
Apps are available for iOS, Android smartphones and Windows Phones. To ensure customers’ privacy is protected, Digital Life has a secure log in system each time the app is opened from any Internet-connected device.
The Digital Life application gives customers control over cameras, door locks, lights, thermostats, small appliances and more by setting alerts or programs to manage your home. It’s all integrated into one simple system.
“Digital Life is committed to offering our customers an easy and convenient way to secure their homes, protect their families and simplify their lives from virtually anywhere,” said Brian Ducharme, vice president and general manager, AT&T Michigan. “With the launch of these five new markets, we’re looking forward to making Digital Life available to more customers throughout the country.”
Simple Security includes 24-7 home monitoring, 24-hour battery backup, a wireless keypad, keychain remote, recessed sensors and an indoor siren for $29.99 a month plus $149.99 for equipment and installation.
Smart Security: Includes the benefits of Simple Security plus a choice of three of the following features: motion sensor, carbon monoxide sensor, glass break sensor, smoke sensor or takeover kit. Smart Security begins at $39.99 a month plus $249.99 for equipment and installation.
Customers who select Smart Security can add these automation packages:
Camera Package: View live video from inside and outside of the home for an additional $9.99 a month plus equipment and installation.
Energy Package: Control appliances, lighting and thermostats for convenience and energy efficiency for an additional $4.99 a month plus equipment and installation.
Door Package: Allow a pet sitter or repairman into your home remotely with automated door locks, or check to see whether your garage door is open or closed for an additional $4.99 a month plus equipment and installation.
Water Detection Package: Detect water leaks before damage occurs for an additional $4.99 a month plus equipment and installation.
Water Control Package: Detect leaks and shut off water at the main water source for an additional $9.99 a month plus equipment and installation.
That puts the price at about $70 a month for the complete package with all options.
More at www.att.com/digitallife or call (855) 288-2727 for more information.