Friday, September 26, 2014

Telecoms, services providers playing a niche role in the emergence of the smart home

"Smart home packages currently hold broad appeal among U.S. consumers, and last week, Parks Associates announced nearly 4 percent of U.S. households will have a smart home controller by the end of 2014, with an estimated increase to nearly 6 percent by 2015," said Patrice Samuels, a research analyst at Parks Associates. "Support providers must be equipped to handle the growing demand for on-boarding and ongoing enablement services to ensure that consumers have optimal experiences with their smart home products and services."

Subscribers to smart home services offered from telecommunications companies would also help homes stay fitted with the latest and greatest in smart home tech, if service providers subsidize products with contracts much like wireless carriers do with cell phones and tablets. The race to connect homes is well under way, and telecommunications companies aren't sitting idle.

Currently, research from Park Associates indicates that 64% of all smart devices now in households are part of a security or home controls system. Smart devices it tracked included motorized door controls, lighting controls, networked security camera, and programmable thermostats.

From the article "Telecoms, services providers playing a niche role in the emergence of the smart home" by Quinten Plummer.

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