Magazine article American Banker

Automated Home System to Include Security, Energy, Banking Functions

Magazine article American Banker

Automated Home System to Include Security, Energy, Banking Functions

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NEW YORK -- Integrated Communication Systems Inc. plans to test a home management and communication system in Roswell, Ga., next year. Called Transtext, it will rely on phone and cable lines for videotex services and on house electrical wiring for routing commands and information within a home for security and energy saving.

Three banks and a thrift institution are among the companies developing banking and transaction applications of Transtext, ICS said. They are First National Bank of Atlanta; Citizens & Southern National Bank, Atlanta; NCNB National Bank of North Carolina, Charlotte; and Fulton Federal Savings & Loan Association, Atlanta.

PulseLink, a new technology that allows voice and high-quality data transmissions at the same time over a phone lines, will be at the center of the Transtext network, according to ICS, an Atlanta-based research and development firm. PulseLink was developed by American Telephone & Telegraph Co. and will be offered by BellSouth, formerly Southern Bell Telephone Co.

Unlike most other videotex systems, Transtext will not require a computer or temrinal. Instead, homeowners will use their telephone keypads and television screens.

These will be linked to phone and cable services and to energy monitoring equipment through what project managers call "The Gray Box." It will contain the microprocessor that coordinates Transtex functions and can be installed in a remote location, such as a fuse box.

The test run will start early in 1985 with about 200 homes in Roswell, a community north of Atlanta, and will expand from there, ICS said. …

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