Increasing advanced home networking infrastructures are giving rise to a multitude of new applications, including home energy management and home security. iControl is the latest company looking to enter the fray by providing technology for remote home security over a broadband application, but it also seeks to leverage a security foothold in the broadband home to provide future home energy management capabilities.
A recent Telephony story notes iControl's assertion that U.S. broadband penetration is about 60 percent, while home security penetration is only about 25 percent, which is a big, addressable market opportunity for iControl. Telcos already have interest in exploring such applications--SureWest Communications was among the first to look at a home security solution as a way to increase the value of its broadband connectivity as it faces more competition on that front. AT&T, for its part, has been looking into gear capable of allowing home energy management.
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SureWest has started to offer a home security app. SureWest report
AT&T also is looking at home environmental control. AT&T report