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The Coming Wave of Smart Grids, Smart Energy and Smart Appliances

The recent lull in smart meter deployments and smart grid projects has come to an end with an announcement from the Obama administration last month. The Department of Energy announced over $3 billion in funding for smart grid projects, which will be matched by private-sector funding to push the tota...


New Tech and New Horizons for Home Media Installers

The current recession and the steep decline in the construction and sales of new homes are forcing dealers and installers to reevaluate their current product offerings. Average 2008 revenues were down almost 11 percent from 2007, and dealers are actively looking for new avenues to expand their busin...


When the Home Entertainment Systems Market Rebounds

Sales and revenues for the home systems channel will decline in 2009, just as they did in 2008. Many projects will be postponed or canceled this year. There will a decline in revenues of over 5 percent from 2008 to 2009. That's the bad news. However, integrators and manufacturers should not build th...


Powering Up Smart Grid Technology

The U.S. still has relatively low-cost electricity compared to other countries, but consistent rate increases and an aging, inefficient electrical distribution system are prompting demands to update the country's utility grids. IBM's chief executive Samuel J. Palmisano recently estimated that 67 per...


High-End Home Entertainment Heading Downstream

What is a high-end entertainment system? That question can be answered in a variety of ways. For some people, "high-end" means systems bought at a specialty retailer, e.g., Bang & Olufsen, Tweeter or Ultimate Electronics. For others, price determines a high-end entertainment system -- $5,000, $1...


A Green Carpet for Home Controls

It is no secret that few homes in the U.S. or, for that matter, anywhere in the world have electronic control systems. At Parks Associates, we have postulated a number of different paths on which controls can ride into the home -- basic lighting, entertainment, security and energy control systems. S...


Capitalizing on the Retrofit Market

With all indicators of new home construction being so bearish these days -- and unlikely to improve significantly anytime soon -- there's been a great deal of speculation that remodeling market opportunities are emerging as a better market play for custom installing dealers/installers -- at least in...


Remote Home Monitoring: Passing Fad or Wave of the Future?

A number of firms have recently launched remote home monitoring services. Are they able to do so because of widespread broadband adoption or consumer demand? The answer is both, but to examine this issue in more depth, we should explore both sides and see what conclusions can be drawn. First, always...

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