US operator AT&T has announced pricing details for its M2M home security and automation Digital Life offering. Customers can choose from two base plans: Simple Security, a basic home security package; or Smart Security which includes enhanced security features and the option to add home automation.
The Simple Security package will be priced at $149.99 for equipment and installation, plus a monthly charge of $29.99. The package includes 24/7 home monitoring, 24-hour battery backup, a wireless keypad, keychain remote, recessed sensors and an indoor siren.
The Smart Security package includes all of the services in the basic package, plus a choice of three of the following features: motion sensor, carbon monoxide sensor, glass break sensor, smoke sensor or takeover kit. The Smart Security package begins at $249.99 for equipment and installation plus $39.99 per month.
Customers who select Smart Security can also upgrade their package to add a camera, allowing customers to view live video from inside and outside of the home for an additional $9.99 a month plus equipment and installation costs. An Energy Package to control appliances, lighting and thermostats is available for an additional $4.99 a month plus equipment and installation. The Door Package, which allows a pet sitter or repairman into your home remotely with automated door locks, and a Water Detection Package to detect water leaks are each available for an additional $4.99 a month plus equipment and installation. And a Water Control Package, which detects leaks and shuts off water at the main water source will cost an additional $9.99 a month plus equipment and installation.
AT&T has not disclosed the value of its investment in Digital Life, but did reveal the firm acquired and internally developed its own management platform for the security service. It has built its own monitoring centres and dedicated support facilities and will source third party providers trained to install domestic equipment.
The launch of Digital Life comes a month later than scheduled, as AT&T had planned to make the offering available to consumers in March 2013. The offering will later be expanded into areas such as utility management, the firm said and according to Kevin Peterson, senior vice president for the Digital Life division, AT&T aims to “disrupt and remake the security industry.”
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