fire and security companies
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. The report analyzes the different approaches and features consumer data for a variety of European countries:23% of broadband households in the U. K have an electronic
home security system. Less than 20% have one in France and Belgium, while only 6% of German households have a system. By 2020, the U. K. and Spain will have over 20 million smart meters.