How Thieves Can Disable the Burglar Alarm System of your Home and Perform their Job?

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We, as a human being are spending most of our time on analyzing the dangers to the toaster, fridge, etc. On the other hand, a significant threat lies on highly important devices to us: burglar alarms.

Not able to understand…

…Let me explain.

According to some researchers, home security alarms of reputed companies can be quickly suppressed. One can also render false alarms which makes the home security alarm thing unreliable.

Now, this is one of the most serious disadvantages of the improving technology.

False alarms can be set from a distance of 250 yards. But disabling the alarm can be done only if you are at a distance of 10 feet from home.

Design of the Security Alarms:


Usually, every security alarm contains one or more sensors so that it can detect strangers entering through the entryways. Apart from that the security alarm also includes a device so that they can detect the intrusion.

Let us now have a look at the various components of the security alarm system.

  1. Premise Control Unit, Alarm Control Panel:

This area also known as a panel is used to read sensor inputs, unwanted intrusion signals, etc. Typically the panel consists of several computer circuit boards that are enclosed in metal. The panel is also connected to a power supply.

  1. Sensors:

Next device that are present in the security alarms Is intrusions. Usually, sensors are placed at windows and doors. They get activated in the case when the door gets opened, or the window gets opened.

The sensors can also check the unoccupied space for motion, vibration sound, etc.

  1. Alerting devices:

These are the devices that contain bells, sirens, and flashing lights. In case, an intrusion is detected, it issues a warning signal to the occupants.

Now, these alerting devices can be used to alert in severe cases like fir or smoke too.

  1. Security devices:

These are used to prevent suspicious entry. Now here’s one important point that I need to make:

In the case of home security systems, alarms come with monitoring service. If intrusion occurs and sensors issue a signal to the monitoring station then the person sitting at the monitoring station sees the signal and after that take certain action which can be contacting the hosue owner or contacting police etc.

Suppressing the Burglar Alarm Simplified

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Well according to Logan Lamb, its very easy to suppress the burglar alarm. A burglar just need to walk till the front door, deactivate the alarm, open the door and after that do whatever he/she needs.

This way the burglar can perform the burglary without even hinting someone that even a person has entered the house or not.

Logan Lamb analyzed the top three home alarm based companies which were Vivint, ADT and one another company who decided its name to remain behind the curtains. They all supply the equipment to more than 4000 distributors.

Apart from this, Silvio Cesare also analyzed lots of home alarm systems that includes home alarm systems by Swann that sells home alarm systems in the United States.

To everyone’s surprise, these two people found the similar problems with the home alarm systems.

They found that the entryways of the house which are doors and windows depend on the radio frequency signals that are passed from the door and window sensors to a control system that alerts an alarm in case some trespasser tries to enter through either of the entryways.

In case someone tries to enter through the tagged door or window, a signal gets deployed.

Now as soon as the signal gets deployed, the home security system trips the alarm and a silent alert is sent to the home security system company. This company can now contact the house owners, the police or other concerned authorities.

But hold on there was a major fault in the home security system.

The fault was that the encryption process was not perfect, hence it was easier to decrypt the data and game the system.

Lamb also tells that the home security systems are now also using the same wireless communications that used to exist in the 90s for the security purposes.

Another major issue that is present in the Home security systems is that the signals sent from sensors to the control panel can be easily jammed by sending radio noise to prevent the signal flow. This in turns stops the alarm from tipping which makes the home alarm system easy to game.

Now its not that every alarm system is going to face this problem of jamming the signals. There are several alarm systems in the market that has taken necessary steps to stop any person from creating obstructions in the path of the signals.

What they do is…

They issue an alarming request to both the company and the occupant. But here also alarm systems can be tricked.

Certain techniques exist that are used to prevent these countermeasures too.

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Cut Your Electric Bill and Keep an Eye on Your Home

Remote Monitor

The AT&T Remote Monitoring System manufactured by Xanboo is not a home security system. But it can help you keep an eye on what’s going on at home.

“It lets you view live video, control lights, monitor doors and windows, check on your home’s temperature remotely,” explained Kevin Jurrens, a spokesperson for Xanboo. “All from you cell phone or from a broadband enabled PC.”

“You can fire up your Cingular wireless phone or PDA,” Jurrens continued, “and know at say 3 o’clock you’ll get a text message that your son or daughter is home from school. You know you just have that peace of mind.”

The system uses power line modules to transmit the live video over existing power lines, which eliminates the need for wires. A starter kit is available for around 100 dollars. Learn more by going to http://ATT.com/remotemonitor

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Wireless Home Security Lets You Check In From Afar; Do-It-Yourself Installation

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So after retiring and moving to Cookeville, Tenn., Mr. Varley three months ago looked for a home-security system that would give him more control over arming the sensors, helping him avert false alarms. He soon came across a company called InGrid Inc., a security system that he could install himself and control using the Internet.

Mr. Varley now arms and disarms his security system by logging onto a personalized Web site. And in addition to knowing when something goes wrong at home, he also can monitor when things are going right. “It’s easy to go online and check the status of your sensors,” he says. “We have a cleaning lady who comes, and I can tell when she comes and when she leaves.”

InGrid is just one of a wave of Internet- or cellular-based home security and monitoring products on the market now, joining iControl Networks Inc., NextAlarm.com, Broadband Alarm Co. and Alarm.com Inc. in offering homeowners a do-it-yourself approach. Larger companies, such as AT&T Inc., are also moving into the wireless home-security market.

Just 1.5% of homes in the U.S. now use wireless monitoring systems, but that percentage is expected to reach 5% to 6% by 2012, according to market researcher Parks Associates.

That’s far below the estimated 25% of U.S. households today that use traditional security systems, such as ADT Security Services Inc. and Brink’s Co. Those systems are linked via the homeowners’ phone lines and mainly use wired sensors that are placed on window and doors. Traditional systems also use a central-monitoring center that alerts police or fire departments when alarms are triggered.

Internet-based security, however, allows homeowners to place wireless sensors throughout the home — beyond just entryways. Many of these systems have central monitoring provided by a third party. AT&T doesn’t offer central monitoring at all.

Using a password-protected Web page, homeowners can use their computers to view the status of each sensor, see a history of dates and times sensors were triggered, and tailor settings to send email, text-message updates and alerts to smart phones or other hand-held devices.

Alarm on the Gun Rack

These features have given rise to a new type of monitoring: Homeowners are now able to spy on activities going on in their homes. Sensors can be installed on everything from liquor chests to medicine cabinets; gun racks to garage doors. Some of the systems also come with stand-alone Web cams that can be monitored through the Web site while users are at work or out of town.

Boston resident Martin Cowley recently put a wireless sensor from Alarm.com on his home liquor cabinet because he hires a teenage babysitter to watch his small children when he’s away. The 39-year-old says he’s already experienced some instances when he’s been out to dinner and gotten an email from his system saying the liquor cabinet had been opened for a short time. (After later inspection, he found no liquor was taken.)

Makers of the new wireless alarm systems say their customers don’t see the monitoring as intrusive. InGrid Chief Executive Louis Stilp says that people mainly want to know if their children are doing something they aren’t supposed to. “The benefits that come from that far outweigh any potential privacy issues,” he says.

Mary Knebel, a vice president at Alarm.com, says all of her company’s features are “opt in,” meaning users can choose what services to implement and who has permission to view the reports.

Installation Savings

Installation Savings

Since the wireless systems can be set up by homeowners, there may be savings on installation. For example, InGrid’s kit for single-family homes, which includes eight wireless sensors and other hardware, costs $299 with a one-year monitoring commitment. Customers who use traditional security systems typically pay $300 to $1,000 for equipment and professional installation. Prices will vary based on the number or type of sensors used, add-on features and the length of the contract. Central monitoring costs are roughly the same — about $30 a month — for both traditional and wireless customers.

To get a larger piece of the $8.8 billion home-security market, some big companies are also entering the wireless monitoring business. In late 2006, AT&T launched a home-monitoring service that includes cameras and wireless door and window sensors. This system, which can be self-installed, costs $10 a month and a one-time $200 equipment fee, with a one-year commitment.

ADT says it’s planning to add Web and mobile interactive features to its traditional security offering in the coming months, but company officials declined to give specifics. Brink’s plans to add complementary Internet-based option to its primary service by the end of the year.

Setting up wireless systems yourself can prove challenging. Homeowners must first add the security system’s hardware to their wireless router, which is then connected to a broadband modem. Sensors are then individually placed and programmed to trigger an alert when breached. Finally, a Web site interface is personalized to let homeowners determine who gets notified and how. An opened liquor cabinet could send an email alert to the homeowner, for example, but a backdoor entry may be set to trigger an alert to the monitoring center as well.

Getting Signals Straight

In some cases, the signal may not stretch to all the corners of the home, making it necessary to use “extenders,” wireless devices that get all the sensors to communicate with the base unit. Most services offer help over the phone, and InGrid plans to launch a partnership with a professional installation company for those who don’t want to install their own systems.

Lee Hutchinson, a 29-year-old computer systems administrator in Houston, recently had trouble figuring out where to put the extender device for his InGrid system so that all the sensors would connect without interference and work properly. He eventually had to draw out a map of his home and email it to InGrid’s customer-service department. They sent him two free extra extenders and instructed him on where best to put the devices.

Still, customers of the wireless alarm systems say the products have made them feel safe. Marvin Hayes, a 75-year-old retired International Business Machines Corp. employee, found that his home in Tucson, Ariz., was broken into in 2003 when he was traveling. Thieves broke down the door, ransacked his bedroom and stuffed valuables into a pillowcase. The criminals haven’t been caught.

In 2006, Mr. Hayes got a home-monitoring system from iControl, and then installed door sensors, as well as motion-activated cameras on the front door and in the living area. The system sends text messages to his cellphone whenever a sensor is triggered.

“It makes me feel very good that I have some control over my house,” he says.

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XANBOO ADDS REMOTE ACCESS CAPABILITIES TO X-10© DEVICES

New Xanboo Client Software Version 1.02 Allows For Complete Command and Control of X-10 Devices over the Internet Through Xanboo.com

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NEW YORK, NY., – May 28, 2002 – Xanboo, Inc. has announced that its latest software release will incorporate a bridge to the popular consumer home networking devices developed and manufactured by California based company X-10. Such devices include lighting controls, power on/off controls, dimmers, and more. The Xanboo software release incorporates its proprietary Internet-based remote access and control technology to X-10 without adding cost or firmware to the actual device.

“X-10 is a proven powerline based technology that has been on the market place since the concept of home networking and automation originated,” said Bob Diamond, CEO at Xanboo. “They have obtained significant market share over the years and thousands of consumers take advantage of their wide array of low cost devices. With Xanboo’s remote access software working on top of an X-10 network, we are adding value to the device by allowing that consumer to access and control his or her devices from anywhere in the world over the Internet.”

“The bridge to X-10’s powerline based devices is simply the beginning,” added Diamond. “As a technology, Xanboo is agnostic of wireless protocol and plans to bridge to other technologies in the future including HPNA, HomePlug, 802.11b, and Bluetooth. All of these technologies are concerned with command and control within the home. By giving a consumer or business access and control of these devices outside of the home, Xanboo is enhancing the value of the network and the broadband connection by linking these devices to the consumer wherever he may be in the world.”

About the Xanboo Internet Home Management System 

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The Xanboo Internet Home Management System allows individuals to remotely view and control their homes or small business from anywhere, anytime, via the Internet – providing numerous services such as Home Monitoring and Security, Energy Management, Appliance Control and Diagnostics and Home Automation. Xanboo’s client software can be loaded onto any standard PC or compatible residential gateway. Users access their system through a secure, password protected account on the Xanboo Web site (www.xanboo.com), an affiliate Xanboo partner site or via a WAP enabled cellular phone or handheld device.

Xanboo will continue to advance its Internet device protocol by publishing the Xanboo Development Kit (XDK) outlining development specifications and reference designs for third party device manufacturers to Internet-enable virtually any device to allow it to be remotely accessed and controlled from anywhere in the world. Customized service models and information gathering business metrics will be designed by Xanboo to coincide with compatible devices.

About Xanboo:

Xanboo is headquartered in New York City where its executive management team leads all aspects of its end-to-end device, gateway, and server-side software development and hardware design and engineering. For more information, please contact Mike Noble, Director of Business Development at 646.674.3011 or mnoble@xanboo.com.

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MORE WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Motorola, Inc. today extended its portfolio
of solutions for monitoring the home, by introducing a new line of IP-based home network cameras and extending the functionality of its award-winning Home Monitoring and Control System with ten new accessories.

The products debuted at the 2005 International CES trade show, where Motorola is showcasing its retail solutions for the “connected home” at booth #8545.

“With the expansion of our solutions for monitoring and controlling the home, consumers have even more ways to stay aware of what’s happening in and around their home — even when they’re not there,” said John Burke, Motorola corporate vice president and general manager, consumer entertainment solutions. “Motorola has further blurred the lines between ‘home’ and ‘away,’ bridging broadband and wireless networks to offer remote control of appliances in the home and real-time information to mobile devices while on the road.”

New Home Network Cameras Can Be Remotely Controlled From A Mobile Phone

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A 2005 International CES “Innovations in Design and Engineering” honoree, Motorola Home Network Cameras can send real time video from the home to anywhere on the Internet. Further, consumers can remotely view and change the orientation (pan and tilt) of the camera, directly from a Motorola (or other Internet-capable) mobile phone.

Like other Motorola home monitoring solutions, the Home Network Cameras can record video with sound or still images based on sensor-driven activity, and/or have a notification sent to a mobile phone or email account.

The cameras are easily setup through a simple “installation wizard” that guides consumers through the necessary steps to configure the camera. The products also include access to an Internet naming service that enables customers to view video from their cameras without having to remember a complicated web address.

Motorola Home Network Cameras can join any home network based on the 802.11g wireless
standard, and require a high-speed Internet connection. Two models will be available: the IPC1000 standard camera and the IPC2000, which includes pan and tilt features.

Both cameras are expected to be available in the summer of 2005. For more information,
visit http://www.motorola.com/broadband.

New Accessories Deliver Enhanced Real-Time Information

Introduced in October 2004 (http://www.motorola.com/mediacenter/news/detail/0,,4771_4067_23,00.html), the Motorola Home Monitoring and Control System is a wireless solution consisting of cameras, environmental sensors, and lighting/appliance controls that work together to provide real-time information about what is happening in your home. The System was honored at the 2005 International CES with an “Innovations in Design and Engineering” Award.

The newly introduced accessories provide even more ways to control and monitor your home.
Each accessory can easily be added to the Home Monitoring System through “one-touch discovery” — a feature that adds the new device to the system simply by pressing a button.

The new accessories include: — Wireless Camera (day and day/night versions) — Enhanced design with faster reacting infrared detection. — Home/Away Keypad Kit and Key Pack — Arm or disarm the System from a keypad-style panel rather than from a PC. — Wireless Power Controller — Turn lights and appliances on/off. — Wireless Table Lamp Controller — Turn any household lamp on/off, or dim a light to a discreet level. — Wireless Garage Door Controller — Remotely open and close a garage door, or monitor the status (open/closed) of the garage door through the System. — Wireless TV Video Controller — View live video and audio from cameras connected to the System on a TV, and switch between video from those cameras with a simple Infrared remote control. — Wireless Portable Display Monitor — Access live video and audio from cameras connected to the System rather than from a PC. — Wireless Motion Sensor — Detect motion with a stand-alone device that also includes an integrated infrared sensor. — Wireless Siren — Sound an audible alert when the System is armed and one of the sensors are triggered. — Wireless Repeater — Extends the communication range of accessories including sensors and control device associated with the System. Updated Software Functionality Expands Options

Motorola also released an updated version of its Home Monitoring and Control Software, designed to support the added functionality of the newly available accessories. The central control point for the System, the updated software now supports up to 3 wired cameras, 12 wireless cameras and 16 other devices.

Other new features include: — “Live” Camera popup window puts real-time video in the forefront — More email accounts supported — send alerts to up to 8 addresses — More text message accounts supported — send alerts to up to 8 accounts — Individual arming and disarming of cameras and sensor devices — Individual power state control for power modules — Individual suspension or activation of scheduled events — Schedule events to occur during specific time frames More Ways to Get Started

Motorola now offers two Starter Kit options for consumers to begin monitoring their homes:

The Video Starter Kit (Model HMEZ1000) includes the Base Station/Gateway, Software, and a Wireless Camera, and has an MSRP of $279.99.

The Security Starter Kit (Model HMCB2000) includes the Base Station/Gateway, Software, Wireless Door/Window Sensor, Wireless Power Controller and Wireless Siren, and has an MSRP of $279.99.

System requirements are: — Intel(R) Pentium(R) 2 Processor or equivalent — Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Me/2000/XP Home/XP Professional or higher — CD-ROM drive — 128 MB of RAM — 45 MB of hard drive space recommended for install files — Up to 500 MB for archives — Available USB port — Broadband Internet connection required for remote notification For more information, visit http://www.motorola.com/homemonitoring .

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Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace, and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US$27.1 billion in 2003. For more information: http://www.motorola.com/

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XANBOO ANNOUNCES LIVE STREAMING VIDEO AND CONTROL VIA THE CELL PHONE

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Xanboo’s Home Monitoring Solution now fully accessible via cell phones with Internet access.

New York, NY January 12, 2006 – Xanboo, Inc., a technology platform provider of Internet based remote access applications and services, announced today that its system can now be accessed and controlled from cell phones with Internet access. These applications include home monitoring and security, energy management, and remote healthcare.

Previously, in order to view their home remotely, users needed to log onto the web via a PC at work or while traveling, log onto the Xanboo or partner web site and then click to view live video or control devices. Now, by pressing a single button on a cell phone a user can view live streaming video of their home. In addition, they can change the temperature, turn lights on and off, and be notified of changing events in their home real time.

“By adding this functionality”, said Xanboo President Bill Diamond, “we’ve brought the application from being a somewhat ‘geeky’ solution with a limited market to one that is ‘wickedly cool’ and is definitely one that offers mass market potential. Imagine, a couple can be sitting in a restaurant and with one touch of a button be viewing live video of the new babysitter!” The cell phone application works with any Java or Windows phone and supports all of the Xanboo manufactured devices, as well as certain IP cameras from Panasonic.

About Xanboo

Xanboo is the first Smart Home and Business Management System with real-time device access and control that enables users to control and monitor their homes or businesses from anywhere in the world via the Internet. Including its primary deployments over broadband with ISPs, Xanboo is vertically focused as well in the energy, healthcare, security and small business markets. Xanboo Inc. designs and engineers all hardware and software, including video cameras, sensors, and control devices. Xanboo also allows its technology to be integrated into existing third-party hardware devices in order to make them remotely accessible via the Internet. Xanboo is headquartered in New York City. Its investors include Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Globespan Virata (Nasdaq: GSPN), Itochu, Suez Industrie and SG Cowen and Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX).

For more information, please contact:

Bill Diamond
President
646.674.3011
bdiamond@xanboo.com

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“Westell Partner Connections” Adds Three New Solution Partners

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AURORA, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Additional Partners Drive More Consumer-Centric Applications for Westell’s MediaStations(TM)Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSTL), a leading provider of broadband access products, gateways and conferencing services, today announces that Clarity Communication Systems, ES3(TM) and Xanboo have joined its new development partner program – Westell Partner Connections – to create feature-rich applications and services that can be delivered through Westell’s IP-enabled MediaStation broadband devices and help service providers differentiate their offerings in the marketplace. Clarity Communication Systems, as well as five existing solution partners, will be conducting application demonstrations at Westell’s Booth #21025 at the Telecommunications Industry Association’s (TIA) GLOBALCOMM 2006 to be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, June 5-7.

Westell intends to fully capitalize on the anticipated growth of the advanced broadband market in the coming years. The Westell Partner Connections program represents a component of Westell’s expansion strategy. The partner program was announced earlier this year and is driven by the emergence of the new MediaStation, Westell’s line of always-on broadband gateways and appliances. Westell continues to seek select partners that offer customers of the Westell MediaStation more unique, revenue-generating applications.

Westell’s partners provide MediaStation customers fast access to solutions and software developers that can rapidly and cost-effectively build new applications and services. Clarity Communication Systems, a leading provider of wireless applications, offers location-based services that cover a full range of end user needs. Clarity’s applications enable users to locate family members and friends and enjoy better communication. ES3, an innovative software development company, helps Westell’s customers develop new applications and services. Xanboo’s applications enable users to control, command and monitor devices from anywhere in the world using a standard web interface.

“We are absolutely delighted to announce three new additions to our Westell Partner Connections program,” said Gordon Reichard Jr., Westell’s Vice President of Marketing. “Our development partners further strengthen Westell’s MediaStation offering by bringing to our customers more applications and an ability to develop their own unique applications quickly and efficiently,” Reichard said.

Prospective application and technology developer partners are encouraged to contact Westell to become part of this fast growing segment. “Cooperative development, marketing and selling will lead to broader business opportunities for all of us,” Reichard said.

About Westell

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Westell Technologies, Inc., (NASDAQ: WSTL) headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is a Broadband Access Solutions company that provides leading broadband products, service solutions, and conferencing solutions for carriers, service providers and business enterprises around the world. Westell delivers innovative, open broadband solutions that meet the market’s needs for fast and seamless broadband connection. ConferencePlus, a Westell subsidiary, offers conferencing services including voice, video, and IP data conferencing, to carriers and multi-national corporations throughout the world. For more information visit www.westell.com.

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AT&T; Launches Remote Home Monitoring Video Service Nationwide

New Offering Advances AT&T; Wireline-Wireless Convergence Strategy by Delivering Sensor-Based Video Monitoring Via PC or Cingular Wireless Phone Control Lights, Temperature And Doors

 

 

 

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SAN ANTONIO (October 20, 2006) Imagine being on the road and receiving real-time video on your wireless phone when your children arrive safely home from school. Or checking in on a live video feed of your weekend getaway property while you’re in the office.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today launched an innovative new home monitoring service that will help customers stay more connected to their homes and families while they are away. The new service, which is available nationwide, enables customers to use both personal computers and Cingular wireless devices to access high-quality, streaming digital video and other real-time data and information from their homes at virtually any time and from anywhere.

The new service is an example of AT&T’s strategy to deliver converged, IP-based services that enable customers to access content, critical applications and information virtually anytime, anywhere, and using any device.

The AT&T home monitor service combines live and recorded video (non-audio) capabilities with a range of environmental sensor options to provide customers with a powerful, flexible toolkit to help them stay connected to the people and things they value most. For example, the service allows users to remotely control lighting in their homes and can provide a range of alerts and reports on home conditions, such as motion, door and window activity, water leakage, and temperature changes.

“Keeping track of home activities is increasingly challenging today, as we spend more time on the road and on the run,” said Susan Johnson, senior vice president of Business Development at AT&T. “The new AT&T home monitoring service will provide an affordable, easy-to-use solution for a variety of challenges in managing a household. This service is ideal for a wide range of potential applications, from keeping an eye on children, elderly parents or pets to monitoring a second home or vacation home.

Users can easily customize alerts and actions based on their specific needs. For example, a user can program the service to send a text message alert to a cell phone when motion is detected in an area of the home, while at the same time automatically turning on lighting and recording video of the same area.

The service is available via AT&T to customers of Cingular Wireless services, 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. The starter packaged includes:

  • A pan-and-tilt IP camera
  • Two power modules that enable device connectivity via home power outlets
  • A wireless door/window sensor
  • A wireless gateway for connecting equipment to a home network
  • All needed software and instruction

Thereafter, the service is provided for $9.95 per month.

Additional equipment is available to expand the home monitoring solution, including additional cameras and contact sensors, wireless temperature and water sensors, and wireless power controls for light fixtures or other appliances.

All monitoring equipment is controlled via an integrated Web-based portal. Users can access these live video feeds and reports from the portal, and establish customized instructions for the service to provide alerts or take action under specific conditions.

The AT&T home monitoring service is available today exclusively via AT&T online orders and a special customer service number. AT&T currently is marketing the service only in select U.S. states. Customers can receive further information or order the AT&T home monitoring service by calling 800.237.4588 or by visiting www.att.com/remotemonitor.

A New Generation of Converged Services

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The new AT&T home monitoring service is an example of the new generation of converged, IP-based services that the company is working to deliver for residential and business customers. AT&T operates one of the world’s most advanced and powerful IP backbone networks, as well as extensive U.S. wireline access networks and, via Cingular, one of the nation’s most extensive wireless access networks.

To maximize these extensive networks, AT&T and Cingular are developing and deploying advanced technology to enable seamless sharing of information between wireless and wireline networks and devices. Ultimately, AT&T will use this unified network to enable virtually seamless connectivity anywhere, anytime, on almost any device, giving consumers what they want, when they want it, wherever they are. Increasingly, services will be accessible from any of the “three screens” that many consumers value most: the TV, PC and cell phone.

“Our home monitoring service is an early yet powerful example of the potential of converged services,” Johnson said. “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.”

AT&T today delivers a range of converged, IP-based services for business customers, including IP-Virtual Private Networks and Voice over IP (VoIP) services. For residential customers, the company’s Project Lightspeed initiative will make U-verse TV (IPTV) available to approximately 19 million homes by the end of 2008, and will enable the company to deliver a range of IP-based voice and data services in the future.

About AT&T 

AT&T Inc. is one of the world’s largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with 57.3 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at www.att.com. ©2006 AT&T Knowledge Ventures. All rights reserved. Products and services are provided by subsidiaries of AT&T Inc.

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Xanboo Products to be Showcased at CES 2007

AT&T REMOTE MONITOR MANUFACTURED BY XANBOO EARNS INNOVATIONS AWARD DISTINCTION

New York City – January 8, 2007 – Xanboo, Inc., a technology platform provider of Internet based remote access applications and services, today announced it had been selected as an International CES Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Integrated Home Systems category for the manufacturing of AT&T Remote Monitor and the innovative AT&T X1000 Gateway. Each year the prominent Innovations Design and Engineering Awards select honorees from thousands of consumer electronics products. Also, Xanboo has been selected to showcase AT&T Remote Monitor at the 2007 Cherry Picks event.

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AT&T Remote Monitor combines live and recorded video (non-audio) capabilities with a range of environmental sensor options to provide customers with a powerful, flexible toolkit to help them stay connected to the people and things they value most. Users can easily customize alerts and actions based on their specific needs. For example, a user can program the service to send a text message alert to a cell phone when motion is detected in an area of the home, while at the same time automatically turning on lighting and recording video of the same area.

The service is available via AT&T to customers of Cingular Wireless services 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.

“We are very excited and honored to receive these awards for AT&T Remote Monitor and the AT&T X1000 Gateway,” said Bill Diamond, president, and co-founder of Xanboo. “Our easy-to-use solutions are ideal for service providers interested in offering their customers a full suite of affordable home monitoring and control products.”

As a widely renowned consumer technology awards program that began in 1989, the prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards recognize achievements in product design and engineering. It is sponsored by CEA, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the voice of industrial design, committed to advancing the profession through education, information, community, and advocacy.

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Xanboo will be showcased in the AT&T booth (Central Hall 9817) during 2007 International CES from Monday, January 8 through Thursday, January 11. Additionally, the award-winning products will be displayed at the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase at Innovations Plus at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Booth #68747.

The product has also been “picked” as one of the 100 hottest, coolest and newest technologies for Cherry Picks 2007.

AT&T Remote Monitor is currently available and can be purchased by visiting http://att.com/remotemonitor

About Xanboo

Xanboo is the first Smart Home and Business Management System with real-time device access and control that enables users to control and monitor their homes or businesses from anywhere in the world via the Internet. Including its primary deployments over broadband with ISPs, Xanboo is vertically focused as well in the energy, healthcare, security and small business markets. Xanboo Inc. designs and engineers all hardware and software, including Xanboo’s video cameras, sensors, and control devices. Xanboo also allows its technology to be integrated into existing third-party hardware devices to make them remotely accessible via the Internet. Xanboo is headquartered in New York City. Its investors include Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Globespan Virata (Nasdaq: GSPN), Itochu, Suez Industrie and SG Cowen and Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX).

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Xanboo Releases Universal Remote Thermostat

NEW AFFORDABLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT TOOL CAN BE CONTROLLED VIA THE INTERNET, NOW AVAILABLE

Xanboo Thermostat

New York City – February 14, 2007 – Xanboo, Inc., a technology platform provider of Internet based remote access applications and services, has developed a remote thermostat control which is now available online. Expanding on the current system, this low-cost, universal thermostat can replace any existing thermostat to control a home’s heating and cooling system from anywhere in the world, all via the Xanboo Web site.

“With energy prices on the rise and power deregulation causing instability in states like California, Americans are looking for ways to conserve power and cut costs,” says Bill Diamond, co-president of Xanboo. “Xanboo’s universal thermostat control is the first easy and affordable energy management system for anyone who wants a better way control their energy costs.”

Users will be able to raise or lower their thermostat just as if they were in their home or office. Users will also be able to schedule a desired temperature in advance, both by day of week and time of day.

Consumers using Xanboo to control their thermostats will also be able to take advantage of the system’s many other features such as controlling devices throughout the home (like garage doors, lights or small appliances), viewing images or streaming video through Xanboo’s color IP cameras, or being notified by phone, e-mail or pager when events occur in the house (like water leakage, glass breaking, motion on the premises, etc.). The Thermostat is available online for $99.

About Xanboo

Xanboo is the first Smart Home and Business Management System with real-time device access and control that enables users to control and monitor their homes or businesses from anywhere in the world via the Internet. Including its primary deployments over broadband with ISPs, Xanboo is vertically focused as well in the energy, healthcare, security and small business markets.

Xanboo Inc. designs and engineers all hardware and software, including video cameras, sensors, and control devices. Xanboo also allows its technology to be integrated into existing third-party hardware devices in order to make them remotely accessible via the Internet. Xanboo is headquartered in New York City. Its investors include Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Globespan Virata (Nasdaq: GSPN), Itochu, Suez Industrie and SG Cowen and Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX).

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