AT&T Combines 'Digital Life' and 'Drive' for Enhanced Smart Home Experience

By CIOReview | Monday, March 9, 2015
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NEW YORK: NY: Connected homes and cars have already bolstered its foothold in this fast growing market, providing people with smooth environment for managing their homes and also giving a world class travel experience.  In a bid to make life easier, a thought of controlling home sitting in a car has aroused.

AT&T, a provider of telecommunication services integrates connected car and smart home technologies together for enhanced connectivity between vehicles and homes. The company is now in a race with many companies like Google and Verizon who are striving hard to provide best connected services.

AT&T’s services including Digital Life and Drive are combined where Digital Life is a home security and automation service; and Drive is a connected car service. In a report by Malathi Nayak for REUTERS, Glenn Lurie, Chief Executive, AT&T quotes, “The wireless company's home security and automation service "Digital Life" and connected car service "Drive" will be integrated so users can control their homes from a dashboard in their vehicles”.

AT&T’s Digital Life service supporting 24/7 home security and automation, facilitates setting up an entry code for doors, giving remote access for locking and unlocking. The video camera installed in front of the house takes a video whenever necessary. Controlling lights and temperature of the house can also be done through this service. Digital Life is also capable of finding and updating the user regarding the room temperature. While AT&T Drive platform improves driving experience through enhancing the smart vehicle technologies.

Digital Life service gives control over devices including security cameras, locks , coffee makers, AC’s, leak detecting sensors, stereo systems, and windows alarm sensors through dashboards and voice recognition, and also allows AT&T’s partners including Ford, Audi, General Motors, Subaru, and Tesla to customize their own system for implementing the solution. Controlling homes via smart phones will now get replaced with this intelligent combination, enhancing the user capabilities.

"Once you’ve told your home when the car is within 20 feet of the house to please open the garage door, put the lights on, turn the alarm off, move the thermostat up, you can have those inanimate objects, the home and your car, really taking care of you," Lurie adds.