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Home security automation is just a part of the giant concept bubble that makes up a Smart Home but it proves to be very integral. Security systems along with lighting and home entertainment account for almost 58% of the US home automation market during 2010 and it is expected to reach $3.8 billion by 2016. A report from IHS Research says that consumers today are having the notion that home and family security can simply be an add-on service, instead of an individual offer. Essentially, this tells us that securing a safe home for your family will be much easier and convenient since you would no longer attend to installation and monthly fees separately, but instead be given the option of pairing home and family safety, and security with services such as video monitoring, lighting control and energy management.


Market Redefined

The entry of telecommunication companies and utilities in the market may have caused this drift in thinking since they play a vital role in the trend for bundled home technology services. This development now carries the potential of home security systems to have a stronger hold in the market as well as the ability to go beyond the rumored 20% increase rate.


Here are key factors that impact the North American home automation market from 2011 to 2017. They have maximum acquisition of smart home systems and  serve as the appropriate baseline as the region currently leads the market share.

1. Increased Technology Awareness

Customers are starting to be tech-savvier; looking for products that provide convenience, comfort and a secure living environment for family members, young and old. Rising incomes and standards of living, together with the rising knowledge of consumers on technology trends has become a big factor in the increasing sales in the market. It has led homeowners to believe that patiently hunting for ideal alarm systems in stores can guarantee home and family safety.


2. Faster Technology Evolution

Advancements in technology have made it much available for consumers to take part on the home automation bandwagon. It has developed into a system that allows homeowners to install home alarm systems that can provide the highest level of convenience and control, whether they are at home or not. Home automation now allows integration of IP cameras, motion sensors, and home security systems with a single touch. It also offers real time control over every electronic device.


3. Emergence of Energy Efficiency

The movement to conserve energy creates and pushes high demand for home automation products and services. This is because the automation system is designed to connect and centralize home devices, producing a more energy efficient home that’s still in keeping with the owner’s lifestyle. Investing on home automation systems is proving to be a smart move because of the efficiency and savings they provide. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that a household pays electricity around $100 a month, on an average. Half of it goes to operation in air conditioners and heaters. It then follows that integrating home alarms with smarter systems, and having the ability to control the home’s temperature either from a smartphone or any other remote device is not just more convenient but may also be a way to save homeowners more money.

4. Automation as Part of the Home

Home automation and the big role it plays in guaranteeing community safety, especially home and family security is a big growth driver in the sea of automation solutions. Imagine a house equipped with special wiring that enables homeowners to have centralized control and management of their home’s lighting, appliances, heating and cooling, as well as security and entertainment devices using a single electronic device, such as a web browser or application on any pc or a mobile phone or even a touch-screen panel. Home automation has a come a long way and its growth in the U.S. market is expected to exceed $5.5 billion by 2016, as our need for security automation grows stronger everyday.


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A Secured Home Is A Smart Home

The landscape of home security has changed by leaps and bounds in the last years, primarily because of its affiliation with home automation. Remote or automatically controlled lighting improves home security. Putting timers on the inside and outside lighting won’t make your home prone to burglars since most of their targets are dark and quiet houses. Mobile apps that let you turn the TV on and off, raise and lower blinds any time of the day, and motion-censored doors/windows that turn lights on when triggered all create the illusion of a home being occupied.


Beyond convenience, the family’s life and safety should be above all else. This is what makes automated security special among all branches of home automation. Home alarm systems help you safeguard the people and possessions you value most. Protect your family, notify authorities in case of emergencies and shield your valuables from one simple decision.


Automated home alarm systems are more than just household accessories paired with or added to your existing smart home solutions. They represent security that are efficient and convenient which makes it the ideal solution to your constant need of protection. Farewell to old fashioned alarm systems. As the demand for the market grows and the technology evolves, It won’t be long until you find yourselves embracing the change. What we have now is just the tip of the iceberg, think of what the coming years have in store for you.