It’s been a year since AT&T announced it was getting into the home security business, and now its Digital Life service is finally available in 15 markets, including Seattle.
AT&T’s new service allows you to protect and monitor your home from afar, using a computer, tablet or smartphone. It includes of bunch of snazzy features, including the ability to remotely unlock doors or manage home temperature systems.
AT&T installs Internet-connected cameras, as well as sensors on doors and windows, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, door locks, thermostats, and moisture sensors. The service is connected to AT&T’s 24/7 monitoring center, where employees can alert authorities if they notice something wrong at your household.
There are two pricing tiers:
Simple Security - Includes 24/7 home monitoring, 24-hour battery backup, a wireless keypad, keychain remote, recessed sensors and an indoor siren for $29.99 a month plus $149.99 for equipment and installation.
Smart Security - Includes the benefits of Simple Security plus a choice of three of the following features: motion sensor, carbon monoxide sensor, glass break sensor, smoke sensor or takeover kit. Smart Security begins at $39.99 a month plus $249.99 for equipment and installation.
Customers can also add on to the Smart Security deal with automation packages ranging from water control, energy and camera options.
The Digital Life service is available in 15 markets: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boulder, Colo.; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Philadelphia; Riverside, Calif.; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; and select areas of the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. The service will be available in up to 50 markets by the end of 2013.
This might be a good option for Seattleites, as burglaries reached a five-year high at the end of 2012. Verizon and Comcast also offer similar services, but unlike AT&T, require you to sign up for its broadband packages.