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Interest growing for mobile security alerts

There is growing interest among UK broadband households for security services from service providers, according to US firm Parks Research, with more than one-third believed to be “very interested” in receiving alerts to their smartphones, PCs and tablets for fire, water leaks or open windows in their home.

A similar proportion (35%) of UK broadband households are very interested in a provider-deployed service that enables home appliances to automatically adjust their setting to minimise electricity usage.

With dominant UK telco BT revealing earlier this month that it plans to accelerate its rollout of fibre broadband connections to reach two-thirds of UK premises by spring 2014, the security services identified by Parks could feature prominently in its bundles in the near future.

The research firm has predicted in a separate report that over half of Western Europe households will have a data network by the end of 2012, creating the foundation for new service deployments such as remote home monitoring and energy management.

Meanwhile, the US market for connected home services is expected to generate half a billion dollars this year, with bundles including home automation, control and security monitoring services.

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