mercredi 1 novembre 2006

AT&T se lance dans les services en ligne de vidéosurveillance pour lesparticuliers

En lançant pour 9 dollars par mois un service de vidéosurveillance personnelle pour ses abonnés au haut débit, AT&T fait figure de suiveur sur un marché exploré depuis 2001 par des start-ups Européennes comme Sphinx Vision.
Mais pour avoir raison trop tôt on peut souvent mourir et disparaître.

Les réseaux d'accès à haut débit sont maintenant suffisament stables pour supporter une bonne qualité de service mais offrir un tel service à l'utilisateur reste un pari encore aujourd'hui car la sécurité est une affaire de professionnels, tant pour l'installation des équipements que pour leur maintenance.
De plus, au delà du gadget, il faut pouvoir passer le relais à des professionnels pour effectuer la levée de doute en son absence, il faut donc attendre encore la véritable adhésion des télésurveilleurs à ces nouvelles technologies, ou leur remplacement par une nouvelle génération de télé-vidéosurveilleurs.


Targeting broadband users seeking more than traditional communications offerings, AT&T Inc. launched a home monitoring service Thursday that lets it use PCs and Cingular Wireless phones to access streaming digital video and real-time data from sensors in users' homes.
The new service, which the carrier said harnesses converged wireless and wireline systems, is available nationwide and costs $9.95 per month. It combines live and recorded video capabilities with a range of environmental sensor options to, for example, remotely control lighting in their homes.
The offering also provides alerts and reports on home conditions, such as motion, door and window activity, water leakage, and temperature changes, AT&T said. All monitoring equipment is controlled via a Web portal. Users can access these live video feeds and reports from the portal, and establish customized instructions for the service to provide alerts or to take action under specific conditions.
“The proliferation of consumer broadband will generate enough capacity at good enough cost points to open new applications» said Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corp. “Expanded surveillance is clearly one of these new applications, extending the old notions of security monitoring in the home to levels that are nearly as good as those available to businesses in the past.»
Nolle said this same cost/capacity change is also forcing providers to look for ways of generating revenue beyond moving bits, because the unit cost of bandwidth is too low to make pure sale of bits profitable in the long run.
The service is available via AT&T to Cingular users, and can be accessed via virtually any Cingular wireless phone or PDA capable of supporting Internet access and Java, as well as nearly any broadband-enabled PC. The service is optimized for residential customers who subscribe to AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet as well as Cingular services.
The offering includes a starter package of equipment for a one-time cost of $199. It includes a pan-and-tilt IP camera, two power modules that enable device connectivity via home power outlets, a wireless door/window sensor and a wireless gateway for connecting equipment to a home network.
AT&T said additional equipment is available that expands the home monitoring platform, such as additional cameras and contact sensors, wireless temperature and water sensors, and wireless power controls for light fixtures or other appliances.
“Our home monitoring service is an early, yet powerful example of the potential of converged services» said Susan Johnson, senior vice-president of Business Development at AT&T, in prepared comments. “As AT&T works to blend the lines between communications applications, customers will no longer be tied to a specific device to access a specific service. Voice, data, and video services will be accessible from a range of devices, allowing customers to communicate and access information how they prefer, wherever they happen to be.»