When AT&T first launched its Digital Life smart home system in 2012, it made the odd decision to unveil it in Barcelona, Spain, not on American soil. AT&T always had ambitions of making Digital Life a global phenomenon, licensing it to other carriers outside of the U.S. It looks like the first of those international carriers has taken an interest.
Multinational carrier [company]Telefónica[/company] will deploy Digital Life home automation, security and energy management services in a limited trial in Europe, AT&T announced this week at the CTIA Wireless conference in Las Vegas. Telefonica isn’t just taking gadgetry – which encompasses alarms, motion detectors, locks, thermostats, water meters and cameras — it’s licensing Digital Life’s web portal and mobile app framework for customers to manage the service. The smart homes in Europe might start looking a lot like the smart homes in Georgia.
[company]AT&T[/company] also revealed a new component to Digital Life targeted at seniors. Called Digital Life Care, the program is designed to keep seniors who would normally need in-home assistants independent through monitoring and automation technologies, though AT&T was short on the details of what those exact technologies would be. Employee trials of Digital Life Care are starting this year, and AT&T said it would launch the service commercially next year.