What makes the home automation and home security business different from the business that existed a decade ago? The ability to use broadband, and therefore, video, as a part of the security system. What makes the business different from two decades ago?
The ability to use a smart phone to control settings, from nearly any location, using only the device in a pocket or purse.
And that explains the new interest being shown in the home security and home automation business by ISPs.
"Already 10 percent to 12 percent of broadband households in the U.K. and France own a home control solution where they can control a device such as a thermostat or security camera via a smart phone smart phone or PC," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates.