When I was a kid, my mom used to ask me to run back in the house and make sure the stove was turned off before we left on trips. I complied, though I didn’t understand how someone could forget such a thing. I get it now; the older I become, the harder it is to remember whether I’ve left money for the pet sitter, locked the back door and packed my glasses – or shoes, for that matter.
AT&T’s (News - Alert) Digital Life is made for people like me (and everybody will be me someday, trust me on this). It’s a customizable home security and controlsystem that provides information and some control of home services by mobile device or computer. Basic security packages start at $30 per month plus some fairly pricey setup and equipment costs, and provide door and window sensors, 24/7 monitoring and basic control units. For $10 more you can have the option to check in on the system, receive text alerts, or remotely arm/disarm doors and alarms.
From there you can add individually priced packages ranging from five to ten dollars that allow monitoring and control of things like water, energy and cameras. These services could be a real benefit in regions prone to things like cold weather water line breaks, giving a homeowner instant notification and the ability to shut off the water line before the basement floods. AT&T seems to recognize the value of this and it’s notable that water detection and water control come in two separately priced packages.
Monitoring can be done via apps for Android, iOS, BlackBerry (News - Alert) and Windows devices. Because Digital Life uses wireless technology (customers can use any existing broadband service) there are no costs for wiring, which were often a deterrent for those wanting to add security systems.
The payoff of home monitoring systems comes from the peace of mind that someone is watching and will respond quickly in an emergency. Digital Life takes the 'round the clock safety monitoring of traditional security systems and adds a layer, which allows homeowners to be vigilant of things they care about. Making sure the kids got in after school, managing temperature controls to save money, or having the ability to lock and unlock the door for the cleaners may be worth the financial investment. Security monitoring is done in central stations operated by the service and AT&T proudly boasts that 100 percent of its operators have been CSAA Five Diamond Certified. Of the 2,700 stations nationwide that provide monitoring service, only 150 have been awarded this status.
Digital Life is currently only offered in 52 locations, including seven that were just added this month. But AT&T is working hard to roll the service out nationwide and with this recent addition of Birmingham, Las Vegas, Louisville, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond and Tucson, it has surpassed its goal of 50 communities by the end of 2013.
Consumers can view Digital Life and test out the options at more than 1,200 AT&T stores in the markets where the service is currently available.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey