AT&T on Thursday announced two new eco-friendly initiatives that will be introduced during MWC next week, including a new eco-rating system and a “Digital Life” home automation platform. AT&T’s eco-rating system will provide consumers with a figure that represents how “environmentally-responsible” the manufacturing of their device is. “In assigning ratings, device manufacturers will submit an assessment of each device to determine how many of the key criteria are met,” AT&T said in a statement. “These criteria cover everything from the percentage of recycled metals used in the device, to restriction of compounds such as lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel and antimoney trioxide/antimony compounds.” The ratings will be displayed on in-store materials later this year, where they will be clearly visible to consumers. More information on the ratings will be available for consumers online, too.
AT&T’s Digital Life platform will make it easy to conserve energy, check on family or friends or “maximizing home security,” the company explained. The system will ultimately allow service providers to offer subscriptions to customers who want to monitor their house using a web-based platform. Here’s how it will work: AT&T will provide an end-to-end solution that will allow service providers to equip homes with sensors and cameras that an end-user can then monitor from a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, no matter where they are. AT&T says it should be available to service providers later this year and said Digital Life will be on display during Mobile World Congress next week. TechnoBuffalo will be attending the show, so stay tuned for more news as it breaks.
AT&T TARGETS INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS WITH PLATFORM FOR REMOTE MONITORING AND AUTOMATION
DALLAS, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 —Conserving energy, checking on the welfare of loved ones, or maximizing home security can be as easy as pressing a key on your smartphone or tapping the screen of your tablet. AT&T has designed a new platform to offer these types of connections to service providers around the globe.
AT&T* today announced its plans to launch AT&T Digital LifeTM, an IP-based remote monitoring and automation platform to equip global service providers with the capabilities to offer their subscribers customizable, web-based home automation, energy and security services. The platform, a complete end-to-end solution, will enable providers to deploy devices like wireless sensors and cameras that will communicate with a control center inside the home, and their end users will control the devices through a web-based user interface.
“We’ve built a robust platform that equips international service providers with the foundation needed to build a digital life solution for their customers,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Business Solutions. “The platform is flexible, intuitive and scalable, equipping service providers a path in to a market of significant growth opportunity. With Digital Life, qualified providers will have the ability to arm their subscribers with technology to stay connected to what matters most to them in a simple, convenient, secure, and customizable way.”
AT&T Digital Life offers several benefits to international service providers, including lowering entry costs into a market and the potential to generate new revenue streams and reduce churn. The platform offers a customizable experience that enables service providers to develop a unique graphic user interface and extend branding to devices. Service providers will have the opportunity to build solutions for customers based on specific needs.
Digital Life is wirelessly enabled and features a system designed for multi-country use, supporting multiple segments – consumer, small business and healthcare – and carrying a wide range of certified devices, including motion detectors, connected cameras, security keypads, window and door sensors, lighting and thermostat controls, smoke detectors, and water sensors, among other devices, identified and offered by participating providers.
The AT&T platform is expected to be available to qualified providers later this year. It has been designed for self installation in the home or office. AT&T will begin demoing the remote monitoring and home automation platform capabilities on Feb. 27 at the GSMA Connected House at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com.