It may sound a little like the futuristic cartoon series The Jetsons, but imagine sitting at work and getting a call from that plumber or pet-sitter whose services you need at your home... then being able to see them at your front door, let them in, and even watch them working... all by picking up your smartphone.
AT&T has just announced that several Cleveland-area communities including Lakewood now have all-digital wireless-based home automation and security technology available, bringing new choices and capabilities to homes here. The new services, offered under the name AT&T Digital Life, give homeowners the ability to control cameras, door locks, window sensors, thermostats, appliances, lighting controls and more, all from a smartphone, tablet or PC – regardless of the homeowner’s wireless carrier or broadband provider.
The Cleveland metro area is one of 27 nationwide where this new home technology option is being made available. Video showing how the technology works is available for viewing online.
“As the capabilities and usability of home automation solutions are dramatically improving, installation becoming easier, the value proposition is becoming a lot more attractive to consumers,” said Roger Entner, Founder and Lead Analyst of Recon Analytics. “Not only can consumers protect their home against intruders, but with these new solutions they can save energy, keep an eye on what is going on in their home even when they are away and protect against costly accidents in their home.”