US Cellular gets into the connected home biz

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Regional mobile carrier US Cellular announced a new home automation and security service called OnLook, which looks to be aimed squarely at AT&T’s Digital Life and other smart-home-in-a-box services.s

US Cellular is partnering with Alarm.com, a company that – more than its name implies — specializes in smart home management over cellular networks, to offer several tiers of home security, environmental monitoring and home control services. At its most basic level, you get some motion, window and door sensors. But at more expensive tiers, you can add carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, a smart thermostat and remote appliance and light switches. All of those devices can be monitored and managed from Alarm.com’s Android and iOS apps or from a web browser.

The service is launching in Iowa and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which are both in US Cellular’s coverage area of mid-sized to rural markets. The company hasn’t yet revealed any plans to expand to other markets, but it’s likely given the system could technically be implemented anywhere the regional carrier has wireless coverage.

In fact, US Cellular has been treading more into the traditional wireline service world, using its mobile network to offer residential phone and broadband services.

 

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