AT&T and Qualcomm separately rolled out broad ecosystems of home automation products, among the first shots in a coming battle between ecosystems for the Internet of Things.
Digital Life is based on Xanboo, a software platform that integrates a set of Wi-Fi, Insteon, Zigbee and ZWave systems into a single service that supports security systems from Honeywell and others. AT&T will customize Xanboo, offering a version of the DIY service that is “professionally monitored and installed.”
Qualcomm sees this too and is jumping on the bandwagon. Today it created the M2MSearch Web site that essentially shows in once place the various offerings based on its cellular and (newly acquired from Atheros) Wi-Fi module and systems offerings. Interestingly, the site lists more than a dozen suppliers of Qualcomm-based cellular modules but only two Wi-Fi card makers so far.