A variety of Internet-connected devices are coming to market with the promise of helping consumers manage their energy consumption. These devices enable basic control and monitoring but can offer more advanced features and capabilities as well. Manufacturers, utilities, and service providers have the challenge of deciding which advanced features will drive differentiation and revenues.
This consumer research project identifies the capabilities consumers desire most for energy management devices.
This research analyzes market demand and forecasts consumer response to new products and services in the home systems and security market.
The market for home systems and security is changing. New players like AT&T and Comcast are entering the market with IP-enabled equipment, and established players like ADT Security are deploying interactive services. New partnerships could combine the marketing muscle of major telephone and cable companies with the largest security service providers, while technologies such as low-cost wireless solutions are expanding home security and automation to the mass market. This research guides companies through these changes by analyzing market demand and forecasting consumer response to new products and services.
IP Home Services for European Households is a multicountry consumer survey that determines the IP home services and features in highest demand, preferred providers (and ideal partners) for specific service suites, and optimal pricing models.
Service providers throughout Europe are looking to add value to broadband services in order to increase revenues and extend their subscriber relationships. Top options include video, home management, and tech support services, but finding the correct service combinations and attracting consumers have been challenges. For example, usage and awareness of TV Everywhere services have been fairly low among Western European households, diminishing their efficacy in combating OTT.
This report provides a full perspective on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart grid-related activities – the organizations around advanced metering, the technologies supporting the smart grid, and the utilities deploying AMI-capable meters. It analyzes trends in smart meter deployments over the last three years and forecasts AMI-capable meters and HAN-enabled meters for the next three years.
Volume I of the report contains information on smart grid legislation and regulation, smart grid data, and smart grid applications, including Demand Response (DR) programs and dynamic pricing. The report also contains profiles of selected utilities with smart meter deployment status, number of residential customers covered, and energy management programs being implemented. Detailed data are provided in a separate Excel file for 1,700 utilities for review and analysis.
This report provides an assessment of how the business models for the utility, security, and home controls industries are evolving. Standards and open protocols are removing barriers to entry, flattening markets, and inviting new entrants with differentiated value propositions and novel monetization strategies. The convergence of channels in the connected home is just beginning, as traditionally separate channels expand their offerings and compete for business on a new playing field.
"The connected home is driving convergence of traditionally separate energy, security, and home controls industries,” said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls and Energy Management at Parks Associates. “Understanding the business models behind this convergence is important not only for those in the energy, security, and home controls industries but for every manufacturer developing a connected home strategy.”