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  1. Smart Home Uptake Slow in the UK

    According to research from Ernst & Young, only 19% of UK households are likely to purchase or use smart home technology over the next five years. However, further analysis suggests that there are a number of opportunities for organizations looking to capitalize on the connected home revolution. According to the survey of 2,500 households in the UK, smart heating is the connected home technology that consumers are most likely to purchase or use over the next five years at 26%, with 53% unlikely to purchase or use smart heating over the next five years. Other technologies are smart lighting (23% likely, 57% unlikely), connected car (18% likely, 61% unlikely), smart watch (18% likely, 66% unlikely), smart fridge (15% likely, 69% unlikely), and smart oven (14% likely, 71% unlikely). Adrian Baschnonga, EY lead telecommunications analyst, said: "While 'connected' lifestyles are very much the norm, the majority of consumers have yet to be convinced of the value of smart home products. Awareness levels remain low, and a fragmented market of competing solutions is hindering the development of simple offerings that resonate with households." Despite the general lack of consumer enthusiasm for smart home products, 34% of households surveyed are very interested in the new technology and gadgets, up 4% since the last EY survey in 2013. In addition, some household demographics already have a pronounced interest in smart home products. For example, more than half of the young, affluent and tech-savvy 'Digital Devotee' segment from the survey are likely to use or buy smart heating in the next five years. It is therefore important for companies investing in smart home technologies to put the consumer at the heart of everything they do and provide practical solutions to everyday needs. Understanding the diverse needs of the modern home and refining smart home products in the light of customer feedback will be vital to accelerate adoption rates. Baschnonga said: "The smart home is at an early stage of growth. Improved dialogue with customers is essential if service providers are to translate interest from early adopters into mass market demand. Rethinking approaches to packaging, pricing and product installation can all help create a more convenient experience that will widen the appeal of smart home technology in the long term."

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

  2. Comcast, Alarm.com Divide Up Icontrol

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Alarm.com are buying different parts of Austin, TX-based smart home technology vendor Icontrol Networks ...

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    Thu, 23 Jun 2016

  3. CTA: Smart Home, IoT Could Cut Energy Use 10%

    According to a study from the Consumer Technology Association , increasing use of smart home technology through the Internet of Things ...

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    Thu, 19 May 2016

  4. Survey: Smart Home to Double in Next 12 Months

    According to an August Home and Xfinity Home survey of nearly 1,300 U.S. consumers, 30 million U.S. households are expected to add ...

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    Thu, 21 Apr 2016

  1. People Power Picks GreenPeak Smart Home Silicon

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    Thu, 31 Mar 2016

  2. Comcast Smart Home Expanding to Apartments, Condos

    By Monta Monaco Hernon - Some 45% of Americans own smart home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016, according to the Coldwell ...

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    Tue, 8 Mar 2016

  3. Build It In: CEA Eyes Structured Wiring Trends

    According to the Consumer Electronics Association 's "13th Annual State of Builder Technology Market Study," the market for built-in home ...

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    Mon, 20 Apr 2015

  4. Metrocast Brings FTTH to Mississippi

    MetroCast Communications has deployed residential fiber-to-the- home technology in Starkville and Oxford, Miss. and has activated its first customers...

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    Tue, 12 Aug 2014

  5. iControl Adds Smart Home Patents

    Smart home technology vendor iControl Networks is expanding its patent portfolio. The company has acquired U.S. Patent Number 6,624,750, "Wireless Home Fire and Security Alarm System," which defines the core methodology used by both wireless mesh networking t...

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    Wed, 4 Dec 2013

  6. iControl Launches Android App Partner Program

    iControl Networks, a provider of connected home technology , announced the launch of its FastTrack App Partner Program, an initiative to connect app developers with cable operators for in-home app distribution. It's intended to allow Android apps to be certified ...

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    Tue, 23 Jul 2013

  7. CEA: Broadband Sells Houses

    The Consumer Electronics Association released its "9th Annual State of the Builder Technology Market Study," which indicates that broadband connectivity is a selling point in homes. The percentage of builders installing broadband connections, at 77%, is the high...

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    Mon, 4 Apr 2011

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