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Security Concerns Drive Adoption of Home Automation

By - Source: CEA | B 5 comments

According to survey results released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), 62 percent of online consumers interested in learning more about home automation said that they they primarily look at safety and security such technology can provide.

"There is room for industry growth, with just 1.7 million households indicating they currently have a home automation system installed in their residence," said CEA's Rhonda Daniel. "The more consumers know about home automation, the more likely they are to adopt the technology in their homes. Our industry must work together to develop clear product descriptions and educate consumers about what these technologies can do in order to increase adoption of these systems."

CEA suggests that features focused on safety and security should be the building blocks of home automation packages offered by the industry. Specifically, consumers are apparently interested in smoke alarm alerts, home invasion alerts, video monitoring, and light adjustments. Those who have been around in this industry for awhile may remember that such technology is not new and has been around for quite some time. However, only the availability of solid wireless networks and our familiarity to use networked devices may finally allow the vision of a networked and automated home succeed.

Back in 1995, IBM rolled out a home automation technology called Arigo, which created a powerline network throughout a home and allowed consumers to remotely control virtually any electric devices from a coffee maker to A/C. Arigo turned out to be a major blunder that convinced the company to erase any records of the system from its website.


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    A Bad Day , December 16, 2012 6:24 PM
    Specifically, consumers are apparently interested in smoke alarm alerts, home invasion alerts, video monitoring, and light adjustments

    Here's something they forgot: Firewall and software security. Remotely hijack the home automation software, and walk in.
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    sykozis , December 16, 2012 6:25 PM
    So, people are only concerned about these "automation" systems providing additional security and convenience? Personally, I'd be more concerned with the security risk they pose.... Consider this.... Your "home automation system" is connected to your home security system. Someone sitting outside uses their Android smartphone to "hack" your home network and gain access to your "home automation system" and consequently, your home security system. Now, where is the increased security?

    As long as a network is is nothing but an illusion...
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    A Bad Day , December 16, 2012 6:43 PM
    And if there are cameras in the house, then they can be hijacked by someone else. Ranging from your typical pervert to a house burglar scouting to see if you have anything of interest.
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    victorintelr , December 16, 2012 7:15 PM
    after watching documentaries on how researchers are breaking in to everything, from peacemakers to cars to do anything they want, it leaves me wondering, is the alarm hardware system encrypted? how much is enough, and like sikozis said:
    sykozis As long as a network is is nothing but an illusion...

    especially wireless. I was just watching a commercial bout a vivdit or something like that offering home automation system, and was just wondering about the actual system security.
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    freggo , December 16, 2012 11:36 PM
    somehow the article is missing a conclusion. It reads like there is supposed to be a another paragraph to it.

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