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Smart home adoption to benefit security

Parks Associates: Home security systems will finally surpass the 20 percent penetration rate

DALLAS—Market research firm Parks Associates, based here, is predicting that an increase in smart home controllers will drive the adoption of home security systems—moving the penetration rate of home security systems past the 20 percent mark up to 26 percent by 2020.

Comcast and reportedly in talks to acquire Icontrol could win ADT business if deal goes through

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Interactive services platform provider and cable giant Comcast are in talks to acquire platform provider Icontrol Networks, according to several sources who spoke to Security Systems News, and published reports.

Resi security industry preps for ISC West

New technology, meeting vendors tops ‘to-do’ lists

YARMOUTH, Maine—With ISC West right around the corner, Security Systems News asked some leading players on the residential security side to share their game plans for this year’s show at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, April 5-8.

Initial research: Telecoms, cablecos responsible for half of new subscribers

Parks Associates' Kerber talks about interactive services, DIY, and new entrants in security

DALLAS—Interactive services, self-installed options, the presence of cable and telecom operators, new smart-home technologies—it truly is a pivotal time for the residential security industry. To help sort it all out, Security Systems News caught up with Tom Kerber, who leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management and home networks.

Study: Smart home offerings drive resi security

21M households are monitored

DALLAS—Smart home offerings have boosted residential security by more than 15 percent in the past two years, according to Parks Associates in its report, “The New Face of Home Security—2015 Edition.”

Study: Cablecos, telecoms stake claim in resi market

Traditional players need to get with the program, expert says

DALLAS—Forty percent of new security monitoring subscribers are signing with nontraditional providers, according to Tom Kerber, Parks Associates director of research, home controls and energy.

Prime time for IPO

Interactive services provider files for $75m IPO

VIENNA, Va.—It has been a year since reports surfaced that owner ABS wanted to exit its investment. The wait may have been worthwhile, according to experts who spoke to Security Systems News. Now is a good time for, a fast-growing, market-leading provider of interactive services, to go public, they say.

AT&T to buy DIRECTV for $48.5b

Analysts: Deal could result in potential monitoring synergies, bundling opportunities

DALLAS, Texas and EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—AT&T plans to buy DIRECTV for $48.5 billion, the companies announced this week. The deal will allow AT&T to expand its broadband network to more than 70 million customer locations, the companies said.

New options driving connected home growth

Home safety products top homeowners’ wish list of additional features

DALLAS—A survey of consumers by Parks Associates found that the more features homeowners have in a home control system, the more likely they are to recommend the system to family and friends.