Research Firm: U.S. Home Controls Market to Exceed $3 Billion in 2007


The U.S. market for home controllers will grow from $3 billion in 2005 to $3.5 billion in 2007, according to Parks Associates’ upcoming report “Home Systems: Home Controls Update.”

The expected growth will proceed despite a difficult market for new homes, and largely because of industry and large retailer efforts to offer consumers a one-size-fits-all solution that will remotely control home entertainment centers, wireless cameras, light switches, thermostats and other equipment.

“The market for home controls lacks consumer awareness, not technical capability, and the entry of high-profile companies, together with the increasing adoption of broadband and connected-entertainment services, will help overcome this hurdle,” says Bill Ablondi, director of home systems research for Parks Associates.

“Home Systems: Home Controls Update” projects that by 2010, more than 30 million U.S. households will have a network that bridges numerous products and extends the entertainment experience to multiple rooms in the home. Home controls will benefit greatly from this increasing connectivity, and the market will grow steadily during the next six years, exceeding $4 billion in 2010 and reaching $6 billion by 2012, according to the report.

“Historically home control systems have been associated with the new-home market,” Ablondi says “We will see this trend change dramatically over the next few years as power line and wireless technologies will eliminate the need to re-wire existing homes in order to provide control and audio/video distribution capabilities.”

The report provides in-depth analysis and a competitive assessment of the home controls market based on surveys and research of all principals in the home systems installation channel, including custom electronic systems designers/integrators, security systems integrators/installers, home builders and consumers. The report also provides updated forecasts of unit sales and revenues for home controls, presented both in aggregate and in key segments including application, single-family vs. multifamily units, and new vs. existing homes.

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