Smartphone sales aren’t going to grow indefinitely, and carriers are starting to look around for new lines of business. Hence, down south in New Orleans, at the annual CTIA wireless conference, AT&T just announced its plans to expand into home security. Yes, you read that right.
PC Mag has details. AT&T will install and monitor the system, but users will also be able to watch and remotely fiddle with things like their door locks, thermostats, and CO2 detectors. (Actually, that sounds like a good way to keep tabs on the cat from one’s work computer. Just a thought.) Why go with AT&T instead of market leader ADT, which you might recognize from their mildly terrifying old commercials? According to the company:
“AT&T Digital Life will change the way people live, work and play – and meets a clear need in the market,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of Digital Life at AT&T Mobility. “The service is smart, simple and customer centric– freeing homeowners to do the things they want to do without compromising on the things they need to do to care for family and home.”
Verizon has its own smart-home product, though the company isn’t flogging the security angle quite so hard.
We look forward to the ADT commercial starring a frightened mom who attempts to phone for help, only to have the call drop.