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O2 partners with AT&T to bring smart home offering to UK consumers

O2 has inked a deal with US telco company AT&T to bring its personalised home security proposition to the UK this summer.

The partnership between the companies will see O2 use AT&T's Digital Life service, which integrates old and new devices around the home, along with smart thermostat maker Tado and other device makers.

O2’s parent company Telefonica and AT&T Digital Life first announced a limited trial of AT&T’s home management and automation service in Europe last year.

The Digital Life platform itself offers fully integrated, wireless home automation, and gives consumers the ability to manage heating, their home security plus energy from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

David Plumb, digital director at O2, said: “Across a range of sectors, we’ve already seen technology evolve from analogue to digital to smart. But when it comes to our homes, the experience is mostly stuck in analogue.

"At O2 we are building an ecosystem that will deliver a complete smart home experience. By teaming up with the very best device, platform and service providers, we will be able to give people the smartest tech for their homes."

Smart plugs, cameras, lock and water sensors will form some of the devices.

Natalie Mortimer

Natalie is The Drum's fashion, design, luxury and food & drink reporter.

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