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Are Automated Home Alarm Systems the Next Household Staple?

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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.

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6 Ways on How We’re Making Ourselves Targets to Even the Stupidest of Burglars


Despite the possibly-media-induced crime paranoia, eye-catching statistics tells us that there is a need for us to at least think more about our home security and safety. The FBI estimated around 2 million reported cases of burglaries in the United States in 2011 alone (although we assume there are more of this as sensible thieves won’t report to officials about other thieves stealing their drug stash). To help Americans in reducing these numbers, various home security products are available in the market, from the simply ingenious to the vastly complicated home security alarm systems. But even if we’re equipped with the latest in 21st century technology, some of us still find ourselves coming home to a wildly trashed house with valuables missing here and there.

If ever this happens to you (commence knocking on wood), you naturally ask yourself the generic question of “what went wrong?” A number of things, obviously. But here in this article, we narrow it down to a few most probable reasons why we’ve exposed ourselves to crafty (and sometimes not-so-crafty) cat burglars and why we’re ultimately the ones responsible for it in the first place.

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