As more consumers opt for appliances, devices and systems they can control with their smartphones or tablets, home automation has quickly become one of the hottest areas of the Internet of Things. AT&T (News - Alert) has been one of the forerunners in this space with Digital Life, its home automation platform that offers security and management tools for the connected home. Digital Life recently expanded into new markets, including Lebanon, N.H., bringing the total markets to more than 75 across the United States.
AT&T’s goal was to reach 50 markets by the end of 2013, and it exceeded that with its 52nd market in October last year. Since then, it has expanded to locations such as Greensboro, N.C.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Columbia, S.C.; Fresno, Calif. and Knoxville, Tenn.
The expansion is unsurprising when you consider how quickly the connected home market is growing. Berg Insight predicts global revenue from the shipment of home automation systems will grow at a CAGR of 33 percent from $2.3 billion in 2010 to nearly $9.5 billion in 2015. It also predicts the number of cellular connections used by home automation systems globally will grow from 250,000 in 2010 to 5.5 million connections in 2015.
Although the idea of home automation has been around for some time, actual smart homes have really started to pick up recently as the Internet of Things (IoT) explodes in awareness and adoption. Digital Life embraces that move, as it enables users to protect, monitor, manage and control their homes remotely. Whether it’s turning off the lights, activating a security system, changing a thermostat or making sure the doors are locked, the future of our homes is in platforms like Digital Life.
"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 Patricia Jacobs, president, AT&T New England, in a statement. "With the expansion in Lebanon, we're looking forward to making Digital Life available to more customers throughout the country."
Customers can receive a live demo and purchase Digital Life in retail stores or online. The platform has two base plans: Simple Security or Smart Security, which is a step above Simple Security and includes automation package options, such as camera, energy, door, water detection or water control packages.
Edited by Maurice Nagle