LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) is opening up its Digital Life home security and automation services to third-party products and its partnering with industry heavyweights, including Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Life.
As part of its annual Developer Summit here at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, AT&T said it has struck deals with Samsung, Qualcomm Life, LG Electronics and Lutron Electronics.
AT&T first disclosed to FierceWireless in May 2014 that it was testing integration with third-party products as part of Digital Life, which is now available in 82 markets across the U.S. The carrier said that the shift from a closed platform model to an open-standards managed platform will allow Digital Life to "rapidly expand the types of services and products it is able to offer customers, as well as entering new markets while delivering an integrated experience."
In other words, by partnering with other companies that have an interest in home automation and security instead of keeping the development of products and services in-house, AT&T thinks it can expand the reach and influence of Digital Life. The announcement comes shortly after U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) launched its OnLook home automation and security platform to compete with Digital Life.
"Innovation in home automation is skyrocketing, but to really drive mass adoption, we need to expand the strong platform that we have built working with key industry leaders and developers to bring the best ideas together to benefit the customer," Kevin Petersen, AT&T's senior vice president of Digital Life, said in a statement. "That's what we're going to continue to do in 2015."
In terms of the new partnerships, Samsung has created a new app on its Gear S smart watch to integrate with the Digital Life app. In 2015, Samsung Techwin's newest Wi-Fi IP camera will also be added to the Digital Life camera automation options.
Digital Life will connect with Qualcomm Life's 2net platform and hub, letting customers send biometric data such as blood pressure or weight of themselves or those they are caring for.
LG's webOS Smart TVs with AllJoyn capabilities will be able to receive notifications and alerts from the Digital Life system. For example, AT&T said consumers will be able to receive notifications on their LG TV if someone is at the front door or even get alerts if there is a leak in their basement.
Finally, AT&T said Digital Life will soon connect to Lutron devices like smart window shades, letting customers open the window shades at a pre-set time.
AT&T said customers who already use these third-party solutions will be able to bring their devices and connect them to Digital Life. The carrier also plans to allow current customers to purchase these products and services.
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