Ericsson is in talks with US operator AT&T to bring its Digital Life wireless home security and automation system to international customers.
Under the agreement, Ericsson would provide sales channels and technical expertise to help companies offer the Digital Life platform outside of the United States. As it stands, Digital Life is only available to AT&T customers in the US.
Telefónica conducted a limited trial of the Digital Life platform in Europe towards the end of last year. At the time, it said it was working to deploy the software and on-the-ground resources needed to operate the business in various of its European markets.
In January, its UK subsidiary O2, in the process of being purchased by Hutchison Whampoa, confirmed it will launch AT&T’s Digital Life platform later in 2016 with a range of devices and applications from third parties including a smart thermostat from tado°, cameras from Samsung and Sercomm, and locks from Yale.
AT&T’s Digital Life platform provides home security and automation, allowing customers to manage their home systems from outside of their home using a smartphone, tablet, computer or wearable device. Smart home devices and services from third parties can be integrated into the Digital Life application as well.
Ericsson made the point the service providers can incorporate the platform into their networks to offer connected home services, and create a new revenue stream.
Kevin Petersen, President of AT&T Digital Life, said: “Digital Life is more than a platform, it’s an ecosystem. A broader, global ecosystem provides more value to our customers as well as third party developers, device OEMs and other IoT providers who want to interplay on our managed platform.”
He added: “While Ericsson's role may differ depending on a licensing company’s core capabilities, this collaboration could bring added value to better serve the end to end needs of global customers.”