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AT&T will roll out wireless home security service in the Kansas City area

AT on Friday will launch in the Kansas City area a wireless home security service with features that allow customers to control appliances, shut off water and give someone access to check on pets.

The service, called Digital Life, represents AT’s bid to tap into the growing market for customized security and home management systems that can be accessed from smartphones, tablet computers and personal computers. The move follows Time Warner Cable, which rolled out its IntelligentHome wireless security and home management service in the Kansas City area in March.

AT says the home security business is an $18 billion industry, but the company notes that only about 20 percent of homes have security systems and less than 1 percent have home automation services.

“Digital Life offers our customers a single integrated solution built around their needs, making security and home management easier than ever,” Kevin Petersen, president of Digital Life Inc., said in a statement.

AT introduced Digital Life in 15 markets in April, and Kansas City is one of seven additional markets being added this week. The other cities are Baltimore, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C.

The nation’s No. 2 wireless company said it intends to offer the service in about 50 markets by the end of this year.

The service will rely on U.S. monitoring centers owned and operated by AT to respond to potential emergencies and alert police and fire departments.

Digital Life will be available in two basic plans: Simple Security, which will cost $29.99 a month, plus $149.99 for equipment and installation, and Smart Security, which includes additional security features and the option to add home automation services, such as energy conservation features for appliances. It starts at $39.99 a month, plus $249.99 for equipment and installation.

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