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AT&T Unveils Video Monitoring Service

AT&T Inc. is expanding into the video-monitoring business to help customers stay more connected with property and family while away from home.

The company launched a new service Thursday that allows customers watch real-time video on their Cingular wireless phones or computers.

The IP-based service also allows subscribers to control lights remotely or receive text message alerts on motion, door and window movement.

"The platform hooks into a control system that plugs directly into the router," said Brad Bridges, assistant vice president for corporate planning at AT&T. "Sensors communicate wirelessly through 400 megahertz back to the central gateway."

The video is sent through the router and broadband connection to a central server at AT&T, where they're archived, Bridges said. Subscribers also can download the content back to their home server. The basic package comes with 50 MB of storage, expandable to an additional 250 MB, Bridges said.

Subscribers interface with the AT&T monitoring platform through a Web application, where they can control functions, such as turning off and on lights or rotating cameras.

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