AT&T has announced that starting this year it would help consumers reduce their environmental footprints.
The company is unveiling a new remote monitoring platform that will enable people to remotely and automatically adjust energy usage in their homes.
The platform called Digital Life will allow international carriers to develop and sell energy conserving services as well as offer home security services.
“The launch of this consumer-focused rating system builds on our overall philosophy at AT&T of shared value—creating value for our customers and value for us as a business. And it’s a double win when we’re minimizing the environmental impact of our business while enabling our customers to reduce theirs”, says AT&T blog.
The system includes all the necessary attributes such as motion detectors, connected cameras, security keypads, window and door sensors, lighting and thermostat controls, smoke detectors, and water sensors. It will be sold as an AT&T hosted service or service hosted by an AT&T carrier customer. The company said the system would be very simple and intuitive, so that consumers will be able to easily use it. AT&T demonstrates Digital life at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.
Additionally, AT&T will produce an eco-rating system that will feature the AT&T branded devices. With help of it, customers will be able to monitor the environmental impact of mobile handsets before they buy them. They can check such attributes as preferable materials, energy efficiency, responsible end-of-life treatment and environmentally responsible manufacturing. The rating system was developed with the Business for Social Responsibility consultancy and will be available later this year.
In November 2011, the company announced the launch of another innovation—a range of wireless medical devices integrated into clothes.