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, France, Germany, and Belgium rank smoke/fire detectors as the most important connected home control capability. One third of German broadband households prefer a home security company to provide connected home monitoring equipment
and services. Utilities are the second most preferred provider but do not score more than 20% of households among any European country. From the article, "1/3 of German households prefer a home security company to provide home monitoring equipment. " 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.