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AT&T extends Digital Life service to elderly care

The carrier will begin trials of Digital Life Care this year and launch the service commercially in 2015.

Glenn Lurie, CEO of AT&T Mobility, announces trials of Digital Life Care this year. Roger Cheng/CNET

LAS VEGAS -- AT&T plans to expand its home security and automation service, called Digital Life, to include elderly care.

The company made the announcement at a Digital Life showcase home outside the main strip a day before the CTIA industry trade show kicks off on Tuesday.

AT&T has positioned Digital Life as a platform for future smart home services. It includes home security and monitoring, as well as automation elements like lights that can be controlled via your iPad. In addition to the elderly care announcement, AT&T said Telefonica would be licensing its platform for use in Europe.

Digital Life Care represents a natural extension with monitoring services and additional devices. The company plans to hold trials this year in Atlanta and Dallas, with an eye toward commercial availability next year.

AT&T positions Digital Life Care as an alternative for families looking to send their elderly relatives to a senior care home.