Every day Larry Schweber can see his 8-year-old daughter come home from school, even while he’s at work. He gets a text message with a video clip every time someone walks through the front door of his Ansley Park home.
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The “connected home” — what’s available in metro Atlanta
Comcast XFinity Home — Started selling in Atlanta and other markets last year. The system’s range of offerings includes motion sensors, thermostats, carbon dioxide sensors and water sensors, all of which can be programmed remotely using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Homeowners can program the system to send alerts via a text message.
AT&T Digital Life — Will start selling in Atlanta and other limited markets in March.The system’s offerings include a range of sensors and energy management tools, all of which can be programmed remotely using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Homeowners can set up the system to send alerts via text message.
Arris Whole Home Solution boxes, available through area cable providers — A combination DVR-broadband-Internet-telephone device sold wholesale to cable system operators. The box is the “brains” of the home’s network and allows consumers to watch TV, connect to the Internet and share data from a computer, smartphone, tablet or television set.