Despite a dim economy, home automation is on the rise. According to new numbers from ABI Research, 1.8 million home automation systems shipped globally this year. That number is expected to explode by 2016, when the research firm expects about 12 million systems to get sent out.
Of course, it helps that service providers are starting to push the tech, making it more readily available to consumers worldwide.
Verizon is one of those providers. In December 2010, the company announced plans to offer a plan called Verizon Home Monitoring and Control, starting at $9.99 per month. That basic service includes remote monitoring, as well as control of cameras and Z-Wave lights, locks, and other appliances.
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