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Thursday, May 04, 2017

The two, opposing IoT r/evolutions in play

Before we go any further, let’s look at the vastness of the IoT space for a moment. The global Internet of Things market will grow to $1.7 trillion in 2020 from $655.8 billion in 2014. According to Gartner, 8.4 billion connected 'things' will be in use in 2017, up 31% from the prior year. Total spending on endpoints and services are said to reach almost $2 trillion in 2017. The consumer segment is the largest user of connected things with 5.2 billion units in 2017, and represent ...read more

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Smart Home Evolution: Elephant in the Room

While I’m eager to watch the unfolding evolution of smart home technologies, with mind-blowing features like voice-enabled technology, machine learning, virtual reality, location services, and demand response, I offer fair warning: the sector needs to address the elephant in the room—security—before it can truly scale and mature.

According to a survey conducted by Parks Associates of 10,000 broadband households, almost 50% rank data security and privacy as their top concerns ...read more

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Apple May Be Prepping Siri for Smart Home Duty

Entry into the smart speaker market makes sense for a company with smart home aspirations.

"As the success of Echo and Google Home took off, everyone expected Apple to follow suit," said Brad Russell, a research analyst with Parks Associates.

Battle lines are being drawn over who will have the dominant voice technology in the home.

"Consumers have really responded to voice control, and the Echo has accelerated that," Russell told TechNewsWorld.

"It's pretty much ...read more

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

IoT Research Says More Than 100 Million U.S. Households Don’t Have a Smart Home Device

Broadband operators have heard about the massive opportunities around providing smart home services to subscribers for many years, and while the market is growing, it remains in a nascent stage. Research from Parks Associates suggests that more than 100 million U.S. households did not have a smart home device at the end of 2016, and the firm’s analysts say that reaching those households requires continued investments to create unique and personalized consumer experiences.

Th ...read more

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Apple Preps Amazon Echo Rival – Is This The Connected Intelligence Moment?

At the moment, hospitality, retail, and even QSR brands are examining the role that voice-activated assistants could play in complementing service and sales staffs at their respective hotels and stores.

But those categories are also likely to be influenced by the use of voice-activation in entertainment, automotive, and consumer electronics to improve and differentiate their product offerings, notes Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, at Parks Associates.

“In the auto ind ...read more

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Can an AI burglar alarm predict break-ins before they happen?

Despite all of the talk surrounding smart, connected homes and the Internet of Things, according to analysts and research firms, the only area where the technology is really gaining traction with consumers is home security, an area where the benefits are clear.

Parks Associates research shows that almost one-in-four US broadband homes has an active security system installed and that percentage is growing rapidly as systems develop to offer remote interactivity via apps and o ...read more

Monday, May 01, 2017

The Home Appliance Renaissance

Finally, another contributing factor to the in-home renaissance is the growth of smart-home adoption. According to Parks Associates, 19 percent of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart major appliance in the next 12 months.

On that front, as the appliance industry continues its push into smart home, vendors are increasingly looking to the voice-control ecosystems of Amazon and Google to help extend their beachheads. High-end brands such as Jenn-Air are linking contro ...read more

Monday, May 01, 2017

Network Security: Hacking Fears Could Scare Consumers Away from Smart-Home Devices

The rising occurrence of high-profile security hacks and privacy breaches, as well as being personally victimized, are contributing to ever-increasing consumer anxiety about smart home devices and platforms, according to new research.

Parks Associates’ latest quarterly survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households found that almost half of consumers rank data security and privacy issues as their greatest concerns about connecting devices to the Internet, compared to other probl ...read more

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