In decades past, the electric company provided home electricity and The Bell System provided telephone service, and that was that. Today, things are radically different. Telecommunications companies provide landline service, mobile service, and home internet connectivity, while many electric utilities now offer fiber-optic internet connections, cable television, and landline phone service. As the lines of demarcation blur between home service providers, many companies that were never involved in home security are adding that service to their product offerings as well.
With new residential construction, organizing residential utilities is becoming a standard part of the process. Smart construction practices are starting to allow solutions tailored to changing homeowner needs and choices while minimizing the necessity later on of having to rip out walls and floors to make changes. These practices also make it easier for home services providers to gain access to the home systems they need to tap into for the ever-increasing services they provide.
Consumers like the "bundled" services offered today because they're convenient and sometimes cost effective, and providers like the competitive edge they get by bundling new services in with their traditional offerings. Here are 5 types of home services
that are starting to add home security to their rosters.
1. Telecommunications Products
have traditionally connected homes to monitoring services through landline phone lines, and now phone providers are starting to offer home security as options in telecommunications service bundles, since both products access the same lines.
Your local utility for electrical and water service may well have started branching out in recent years. In addition to offering services like high-speed internet and landline phone service, some utilities are now offering home security products
3. Home Automation / Energy Management
The automated home is no longer a concept only found in futuristic World's Fair exhibits, but is an emerging reality. Home automation providers allow centralized control of home lighting, heating / air conditioning, and appliance operation for the purpose of better energy efficiency, comfort, and security. These services are not only for convenience, but also provide better quality of life for people who are disabled or elderly. It is only natural that home automation providers are starting to include home security as part of their services.
4. Cable Television
Cable providers have expanded their menu of services over the past five years or so, as they face increased competition from satellite television providers, utility providers, and online entertainment subscription services. Increasing numbers of cable providers are tapping into the $8 billion-per-year home security market, complete with features like smart phone command options for when homeowners are away.
5. Internet Service
With increasing numbers of mobile and internet-based control options for home security systems, it is no surprise that internet providers want to get in on the home security sector, particularly since so many other home services providers have increased their revenues by doing so. Interactive home security management options over the internet allow homeowners to use any internet-connected computer or smart phone to monitor their home's security seamlessly, no matter where they are.
Today's home services are all about options and convenience. As the boundaries separating traditional home services like electrical and phone services disappear, homeowners are discovering that they have new options when it comes to monitored home security too.