Surprising interest in smart home services


New research from Strategy Analytics reveals that more than 50 percent of broadband households in France, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and the U.S. are ready to adopt interactive security, with the U.S. having the highest level of interest in smart home services.

In fact, more than 50 percent of broadband households without security are willing to pay for professionally monitored services when combined with monitoring and control capabilities, according to the research. Further, these households are willing to pay for remote healthcare and energy management service at the right price (under $10 a month).

The results were surprising in that the numbers were 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," said Bill Ablondi, director of Smart Home Strategies Advisory Service.

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