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AT&T Mobility moves into home security market

Products allow customers to control residential safety from miles away
By Kristi E. Swartz Published: May 8, 2012
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AT&T Mobility is breaking into the home security market with a package of wireless services that will let customers control the safety of their residence from miles away.

The products range from traditional security cameras to sensors that turn on lights or adjust the thermostat when a homeowner pulls into the driveway.

They can be programmed and controlled from any mobile company's smartphone or tablet.

AT&T Mobility will start offering the services on a trial basis in its home base of Atlanta as well as in the company's headquarters of Dallas this summer.

“This is an industry prime for growth,” said Glenn Lurie, head of AT&T Mobility's emerging devices division, in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Adding the home security market is the latest in AT&T's efforts to replace revenue lost from traditional landline telephone service as more people continue to use mobile devices as their primary means of communication. AT&T Mobility already has expanded the use of smartphone technology by moving into the health care and automotive sectors.

The home security component will be a part of a new division, Digital Life, which is part of AT&T Mobility. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported in November that AT&T Mobility was creating an Atlanta-based division for wireless devices that would add “hundreds” of jobs and help consumers manage their home security, health care and energy use from far away.

Other telecom companies including AT&T Mobility's chief competitor Verizon Wireless as well as Comcast have started selling automated home security and management features to customers.