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Looking to move beyond the current 21 percent to 22 percent penetration among broadband households, professional monitoring providers may be hard pressed to find a single silver bullet. Among consumers without a home security system or professional monitoring service subscription, no single feature had high levels of appeal. A service without a long term contract was the most appealing to this group, with other features such as the ability to monitor a system using a smartphone or one that includes control of the thermostat scoring between 23 percent and 29 percent. Most alarming is that half of those without systems just aren’t interested — today or under any offered conditions. This creates added importance to maintaining existing customers, and Parks Associates research shows these customers largely value price savings. When those who terminated service in the past year were asked the reason for terminating their service, 36 percent said they didn’t feel the service was worth what they were paying for it. This is why smart home kit vendors offering self monitoring have the potential to grow more quickly by addressing the needs of non traditional security customers. These customers are increasingly interested in home control and potentially security but not in professional monitoring fees. — Contributed by Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks AssociatesAs Managing Editor, Karyn Hodgson writes exclusive cover stories, such as SDM’s State of the Market series, as well as other feature length articles and case studies. She manages SDM’s Monitoring Today supplement, an annual supplement devoted to central stations and the business of monitoring. She also manages SDM’s Dealer of the Year and Systems Integrator of the Year Award programs.

 

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Some of the most popular consumer grade security cameras on the market are wide open to cyberattacks, and even the good ones don't necessarily offer perfect protection or interfaces. The D Link DCS 2132L security camera. Madgeburg, Germany based security firm AV TEST evaluated eight popular IP cameras broadly speaking, Wi Fi dependent security cameras that communicate with mobile apps whose manufacturers ranged from D Link to Logitech to Netgear. Only three cameras were vulnerability free, and even they had room for improvement. Two of the cameras were nearly trivial to compromise, while a crafty cybercriminal could still compromise the middle three, given the right tools and expertise. MORE: Best Wireless Home Security CamerasTo evaluate each camera, AV TEST looked for potential flaws in the camera's local storage if available, external app controls, external camera controls, additional camera and app connections, encrypted connections, and storage of image and videos.