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Damn the economy, it's full speed ahead for home automation services. According to ABI Research, home automation shipments nearly doubled from last year to this year in the United States.

Spurred by a wave of new entrants, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Verizon and AT&T, North America is acting as a bellwether for home automation deployments and shipments for markets worldwide, according to ABI.

“Home automation adoption is moving into the mainstream as a combination of home connectivity, standardization, and a range of new sensors and devices bring an ever expanding number of players into the market,” said Jonathan Collins, principal analyst, ABI Research. “Meanwhile existing players are adapting their offerings and a host of technologies and connectivity options are battling to become de facto standards.”

Comcast has launched its Xfinity Home service across its entire footprint, while Time Warner Cable, Cox and Bright House Networks are ramping up their home automation service deployments.

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