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January 10, 2013

More and more households ready to become ‘smart homes’

Growing smartphone and tablet use is accelerating consumers' desire to be in control remotely.

By CBR Staff Writer

About 50% of broadband households are ready to implement remote home security, energy or management technologies or services, according to a report by Strategy Analytics.

Strategy Analytics defines smart homes as the ability for consumers to control and interact with their home security, energy and management systems remotely. The market is of course starting to pick up as more and more people are digitally connected at home.

According to the Smart Home Strategies (SHS) report, the implementation of smart home services is highest in the US, UK, Germany and Italy, while it is low in France.

Smart Home Strategies advisory service director Bill Ablondi said that the percentage of broadband households who are both interested in and are willing to pay for selected connected home solutions is higher than expected.

"We believe that growing smartphone and tablet use is accelerating consumers’ desire to be connected to everyone and everything important in their lives, including their family and homes," Ablondi added.

The report revealed that among the consumers willing to choose smart home services, 55% are ready to adopt self-monitored security and 54% are ready to use professionally monitored security.

About 47% want remote monitoring and control, while 30% would go for remote energy management, reflecting the growing cost of domestic fuel and the desire to be more energy efficient.

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