Monday, June 01, 2015

Smart Homes: From Niche to Mainstream

The path toward today’s modern smart home has spanned nearly a century, comprising every household innovation, from the introduction of vacuums to the invention of personal computers and mobile phones. In 2010, a new era began when ADT was first to debut a mass-market interactive security solution — ADT Pulse — that has evolved to offer users a platform to view real-time video, receive alerts, arm their security system and remotely control devices such as lights, door locks, garage doors, thermostats and appliances from any internet connected device. Today, ADT counts more than one million ADT Pulse customers among the brand’s nearly seven million total subscribers, and more than 70 percent of new installations are ADT Pulse interactive security systems.

For security dealers and integrators, the opportunity is great. According to market research firm Parks Associates, consumer adoption will rise rapidly with nearly 40 percent of U.S. broadband households planning to buy a smart home device in 2015 — up from 16 percent in 2014. Furthermore, recent reports expect the home automation market to continue growing, bolstered by more players than ever before, from telcos, to retailers, to device-makers.

From the article "Smart Homes: From Niche to Mainstream" by Alan Ferber.

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