AT&T launched a home monitoring service this week, which allows US customers nationwide to use both personal computers and Cingular wireless devices to access high quality, streaming digital video and other real time data and information from their homes.
The AT&T home monitoring service combines live and recorded video (non-audio) capabilities with a range of environmental sensors. The service also allows users to remotely control aspects of their home, such as lighting, and can provide a range of alerts and reports on home conditions, such as motion, door and window activity, water leakage, and temperature changes.
"Keeping track of home activities is increasingly challenging today, as we spend more time on the road and on the run," said Susan Johnson, senior vice president of Business Development at AT&T.
"This service is ideal for a wide range of potential applications, from keeping an eye on children, elderly parents or pets to monitoring a second home or vacation home."
Through customisable alerts, a user could programme the service to send a text message alert to a mobile phone when motion is detected in an area of the home, while at the same time automatically turning on lighting and recording video of the same area.
The service is available via AT&T to customers of Cingular Wireless with a starter package of equipment priced at $199. The starter pack includes a pan-and-tilt IP camera, two power modules that enable device connectivity via home power outlets, a wireless door/window sensor, and a wireless gateway for connecting equipment to a home network.
Subscription to the service costs $9.95 a month, while additional equipment is available to expand the home monitoring solution, such as additional cameras and contact sensors, wireless temperature and water sensors, and wireless power controls for light fixtures or other appliances.
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