home automation and security
, France, Germany, and Belgium rank smoke/fire detectors as the most important connected home control capability. One third of German broadband households prefer a home security company to provide connected home monitoring equipment and services. Utilities are the second most preferred provider but do not score more than 20% of households among any European
country. From the article, "1/3 of German households prefer a home security company to provide home monitoring equipment. " Parks Associates today announced the new report IP Home
Management Services in Europe, which focuses on the European market for residential home monitoring and control solutions, including an analysis of new channel entrants, vendors, and technology providers. This industry report provides a thorough analysis of the European market for IP based home systems and management services and examines business models for utilities, service providers, and security companies. "Adoption of broadband and connected devices provides conduits for many new applications into the home and different means to connect with consumers," said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls and Energy, Parks Associates. "Overall, European consumers rank traditional security capabilities high among their preferred connected home features, followed by energy management features. The diversity of consumer preferences among European countries opens the market for different business models and channel strategies. "The report notes that energy management is very popular in Denmark, where electricity costs are high. In the U.