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While you might not want to have a motion detector in every room in your house Especially if you have pets, you likely will want to have at least one or two in areas where some of your most valuable items are kept such as the master bedroom or office. Also you will want to consider if you want to hire a professional service to monitor your home's security system as not all wireless systems will support such monitoring. Parks Associates today announced the new report IP Home Management Services in Europe, which focuses on the European market for residential home monitoring and control solutions, including an analysis of new channel entrants, vendors, and technology providers. This industry report provides a thorough analysis of the European market for IP based home systems and management services and examines business models for utilities, service providers, and security companies. "Adoption of broadband and connected devices provides conduits for many new applications into the home and different means to connect with consumers," said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls and Energy, Parks Associates. "Overall, European consumers rank traditional security capabilities high among their preferred connected home features, followed by energy management features.

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That’s not to say there weren’t annoyances — which can become major sore points if you’re interacting with your system every time you leave the house. LiveWatch’s piercing, impossible to mute beeps drew complaints from one tester, as did Link Interactive’s inaccurate digital display. Others, like Vivint and ADT, were easier to incorporate unobtrusively into our daily routines. The majority of home security companies recommend or require you to call when ordering your service. We recommend this as well, because regardless of whether calling beforehand is required, having an attentive lineup of customer service comes in handy, especially when self installing or encountering difficulty with the system. You can often get a lower price by discussing your quote with a salesperson. Sometimes home security systems require an installation fee, equipment fees, or an activation fee. It’s quite common that special deals can waive or lower those. In fact, sales reps from eight of the nine security companies we considered offered us a discount over the phone — we didn’t even have to ask. If you decide that home automation is an important part of your home security, it’s a good idea to research home automation protocols to learn which one will work best for you. As we touched on above, a protocol is the language smart devices use to communicate with each other, and it serves as the foundation on which a home automation system is built.