| LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS Jan 7 AT&T Inc plans to kick
off its Digital Life home monitoring service in eight U.S.
markets in March, part of its efforts to expand wireless
services beyond phones.
The No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider will offer
subscriptions with protection from everything from burglars to
water leaks and services including remote energy conservation
for what it hopes will become a $1 billion business.
Since most people already pay for smartphone data services,
operators including AT&T and its rivals Verizon Wireless
and Sprint Nextel are seeking new ways to make
money from wireless connections.
AT&T, which first demonstrated the service in May,
, said on Monday that users would be able to
manage it from a Cisco Systems control panel at home or
remotely from a smartphone or computer.
It announced its launch plan at its developer conference day
before the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and said it
aims to expand beyond the initial markets to an additional 50
markets by the end of 2013.
Options will include a video package, which includes the
ability to view live video of the outside or inside of the
subscribers home, and an energy package, which allows remote
control of appliances like lights, heating and air conditioning.
Another package will allow the subscriber to remotely open
their door for a pet-sitter or repairman or to check from afar
if the doors are opened or closed.
Its water package could detect a water leak and shut of the
supply before any flooding occurs. It did not disclose prices.
The security service requires AT&T to build monitoring
centers, which will be staffed around the clock so it can
respond to emergencies and notify the subscriber as well as
police or firefighters.
The service will work on smartphones from rival services as
well as devices connected to the AT&T network.