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Here come the smart homes: 21.5M in Europe and North America by 2017

on November 12, 2013

Gigaom

After a slow start, smart home system installations in Europe and North America will hit 21.5 million in 2017 suggests Berg Insight on Monday. That forecast represents a huge jump from the estimated 2.3 million smart home installations expected this year. What’s driving the anticipated growth? Less expensive systems, for one and improved usability — thanks to mobile apps — for another:

“In recent years, a new breed of more affordable whole-home systems has emerged on the market, relying on smartphone apps as a primary user interface. This has enabled more user-friendly systems and price tags in the hundreds of dollars, which is making whole-home automation accessible to the vast majority of the population.”

Having built up my own smart home system in pieces, starting in 2010, I can certainly appreciate Berg’s thinking here. In the past, “smart home” was a phrase you’d only hear from geeks like me or…

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