I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more security alerts! At least, that’s what many households in the U.K. are saying to their service providers, as research from Parks Associates has found that over 40 percent of broadband households want to receive alerts on their mobile devices should anything go wrong at home.
In the survey titled, “IP Home Services for European Households,” Park Associates sought to uncover the features for IP home services that are in highest demand. In doing so, they found that many of the respondents want security alerts, so that they can keep their homes safe even when away.
When returning from a trip, there’s nothing worse than finding that some disaster has ravaged your house, be it rain, fire, or robbers. As such, it’s reasonable to want a way to be notified quickly if the home security picks up anything. It’s not too hard to link up one’s security systems to their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, sending a notification if anything sets them off.
35 percent of respondents also expressed interest in an offering that has appliances adjust settings to minimize electricity automatically. This could help save big on electricity, as less power wasted means less money spent on it.
Additionally, findings highlighted that European deployment of multiscreen services are far behind that of North America, with only 86 percent of pay-TV subscribers having access to TV Everywhere services. In spite of that, 16 percent of the households in the U.K. with pay-TV services use multiscreen services, while only three to 13 percent of those in the United States do. So while more households in the U.S. have access to those services, most are content to use a single device or television, whereas European customers make more use of the service.
Park Associates will also be hosting CONNECTIONS Europe slated to take place from November 13-14 in Amsterdam. There, vendors will demonstrate their new solutions and opportunities in areas such as energy, home controls, and video services.
Edited by Jamie Epstein