The Smart Home Can Grow By Stealth, Says Futuresource

TWICE:  Smart-home growth may come slowly — but steadily — as just one installed device is enough to motivate consumers to further automate their lives, new research from Futuresource indicates. 

Almost one in three consumers in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany live in a home with at least one installed smart-home device, according to the firm’s survey of more than 4,000 people. Of the four, the United States had the highest smart-home penetration, with 38 percent of respondents saying they had at least one.

Filipe Oliveira, Futuresource Consulting analyst, noted that smart lighting and thermostats were among the most popular devices and were common first steps into the smart home.

“However, it is home security that more respondents report as the first smart-home device that they have installed,” Oliveira added. “Products that fall under climate control are growing, but our survey revealed that this is a fragmented category with relatively low levels of brand recognition, a challenge to manufacturers in this field.”   Full Article:

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