alarm systems for the home
, security and home monitoring are popular entry level features among consumers. Service providers can offer home controls solutions directly to the consumer or offer the services to a partner such as a utility or OEM, which then provides the service to consumers. Multiple telecoms are launching home controls solutions, using a variety of business models. Deutsche Telekom is investing in energy specific service platforms, with partners including Miele, Samsung, and digitalSTROM. Similarly, Swisscom and iControl Networks have a strategic partnership to deploy a sophisticated home automation and monitoring solution. Telefónica has announced its "Thinking Things" machine to machine M2M solution for connecting all types of devices to the Internet in order to automate functions. A smart home security system connects to your Wi Fi network so you can monitor and control your security devices using your smartphone and an app. Entry level systems usually include some door and window sensors, a motion detector, and a hub that communicates with these devices using one or more wireless protocols such as Wi Fi, Z Wave, Zigbee, or a proprietary mesh network. You can add extra door, motion, and window sensors to provide coverage for your entire house and build a comprehensive system that includes door locks, garage door openers, indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, lights, sirens, smoke/CO detectors, water sensors, and more. A word about wireless protocols: In a perfect
world, all home security components would use the same wireless standard to communicate with the main hub, but factors
such as power requirements, signal range, price, and size make it virtually impossible to settle on just one. For example, smaller components such as door/window sensors typically use Z Wave or Zigbee technology because they don't require a lot of power and can be powered by smaller batteries.