Friday, August 15, 2014

Security, peace of mind driving Internet of Things

According to a new report from Parks Associates based on a study of 10,000 US homes with a broadband internet connection, it's security and peace of mind that is driving initial interest in America. Nearly two thirds (64%) of all smart devices currently installed in households in the country operate as part of a security or home controls system.

"The smart home is an emerging market with multiple channels, from service channels to retailers such as Staples and Lowe's," said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. "The majority of smart devices installed today were acquired as part of a security or home controls system deployed by providers such as ADT, Comcast, or AT&T. However, consumers are starting to buy individual products such as smart programmable thermostats and smart smoke detectors in greater numbers and install them as stand-alone devices -- but with the expectation that these new devices will interact with all existing and future devices in the home."

From the article "Security, peace of mind driving Internet of Things."

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