Analysts and service providers are expecting a major breakthrough in consumer interest in home automation services this year, largely due to uniform standards across the industry, the wholesale substitution of subscription pricing models for large upfront expenditures, as well as new features such as energy-saving smart grid systems. A new survey estimates that half of all homeowners with broadband service will buy a security or monitoring system. Logistics and regulatory issues, however, could hold up the industry's advances, analysts warn.

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