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One of our mantras at Parks Associates is that many smart home device manufacturers need to strengthen their value propositions in order to win-over the mass market consumer and justify the higher price of connected products. In short, offer consumers more for more, more for less, or at least more for the same cost as competitors. The Yardian (a portmanteau, or mash-up, of “yard” and “guardian”) by Aeon Matrix is a smart irrigation controller that beefs up its value...
 
by Brad Russell | Aug. 8, 2019
Tags: Internet of Things, smart home
Prior to Parks Associates’ sixth-annual  Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness ,  Mark Smith, Senior Vice President of Emerging Products UnitedHealthcare shared his thoughts on the connected health market with the firm's analyst team. Mark will participate as a keynote speaker on Thursday, August 29 at 9:30 AM.   He will discuss how can consumers, companies and other stakeholders harness the power of connected devices to help improve...
 
by Parks Associates | Aug. 8, 2019
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Prior to Parks Associates’ sixth-annual  Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness ,  Kerrie Holley , Technology Fellow, Optum shared his thoughts on the connected health market with the firm's analyst team. Kerrie will participate on the  Fireside Chat—AI in Health: Creating Personalized Insight  panel on Wednesday, August 28, at 11:45 AM. Panelists who will join him on this session include: Brenda Cass , Data Science...
Prior to Parks Associates’ sixth-annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness ,  Deborah Merkin , Director of CEO, GiftCard Partners, Inc. , shared her thoughts on the connected health market with the firm's analyst team. Deborah will participate on the Employee Wellness Programs and Consumer Engagement panel on Wednesday, August 28, at 4:45 PM. Panelists who will join her on this session include: Alexandra Frith, Lifestyle...

Prior to Parks Associates’ sixth-annual  Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness , Jennifer Fraser , Director of User Experience, Macadamian , shared her thoughts on the connected health market with the firm's analyst team. Jennifer will participate on the IoT Integration: Effective Connected Health Partnerships   panel on Thursday, August 29, at 1:15 PM. Panelists who will join her on this session include: Dr. Renee Dua...
This week it was revealed that Apple uses contractors to review Siri recordings, which exposes the recordings of Apple customers’ personal lives including recordings of doctor visits and other personal situations. In April, an investigation by Bloomberg highlighted that one way in which Amazon improves the Alexa solution is to have humans review customers’ requests. In July, a study from a Belgian public broadcaster revealed that recordings from Google Assistant were being transcribed...
 
by Patrice Samuels | Aug. 1, 2019
Tags: privacy, smart home

Smart home device ownership tripled between 2014 and 2018, and households utilizing smart home technology now own an average of six devices. As the number of connected devices in the household increases, so does the consumer’s risk of exposure to a data privacy breach. That risk is amplified by devices like smart speakers with voice assistants (Amazon Echo, Google Home, etc.), which collect massive troves of data, while device manufacturers potentially harness that data without...
Prior to Parks Associates’ sixth-annual  Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness ,  John Jesser , President of LiveHealth Online and Employer Solutions at American Well, shared his thoughts on the connected health market with the firm's analyst team. John will participate on the  Choice in Care: Telehealth, Kiosks, and  Retail Clinics  panel on Wednesday, August 28, at 10:45 AM. Panelists who will join him on this session...


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