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Summary Box: AT&T barges into security, automation

Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2009 file photo, the AT&T logo is on display at a RadioShack store in Gloucester, Mass. AT&T Inc. will start selling home automation and security services nationwide, taking on incumbents led by Tyco International Ltd.’s ADT. The installations and services will be sold in AT&T stores, starting with a trial this summer in Dallas and Atlanta. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2009 file photo, the AT&T logo is on display at a RadioShack store in Gloucester, Mass. AT&T Inc. will start selling home automation and security services nationwide, taking on incumbents led by Tyco International Ltd.’s ADT. The installations and services will be sold in AT&T stores, starting with a trial this summer in Dallas and Atlanta. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

NEW OFFERING: AT&T Inc. will start selling home automation and security services nationwide. The installations and services will be sold in AT&T stores.

COMPETITORS: AT&T is taking on incumbents led by Tyco International Ltd.'s ADT. Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. also have ventured into the home automation and security field.

BIG MONEY: Steven Winoker, an analyst at Sanford Bernstein, says there's plenty of room to grow, and it's very profitable. But it's not big enough to significantly affect the earnings of a company of AT&T's size, given that it's a relatively small market.

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