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Friday, June 14, 2013

Now's Time to Enter Connected Home Space, Chip Maker Says

Now is the time for service providers looking to broaden their subscriber base to enter the connected home space, said Bill Scheffler, senior director-North American business development for Z-Wave at Sigma Designs, during a Parks Associates webcast. Prospective entrants to the market have to consider the right technology for mass consumer adoption and choose an established ecosystem with other partner companies for interoperability. Scheffler said Z-Wave is dominant among secur ...read more

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Security is Top AT&T Worry in Opening Digital Life to New Partners

AT&T’s Digital Life went to “great lengths” and “great expense” to protect its cloud-based service, Senior Vice President Kevin Petersen said at the recent Parks Associates Connections conference being held in conjunction with CTIA. Petersen cited an environment rife with hacking scenarios and said when it comes to consumer security, “You can’t have them.”

Digital Life won't "jeopardize the AT&T brand because of a rogue incident,” Petersen said in response to a question abou ...read more

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lowe's Connected Home Strategy Seen Needing Industry Help

Several decades into the market for home control systems, industry players are still struggling with how to reach consumers and make money at it, said panelists at Parks Associates’ Smart Energy Summit. Educating consumers about benefits of home control, monetizing the service and simplifying the technology for a mainstream consumer all remain barriers to success of the category, they said.

From the article, "Lowe's Connected Home Strategy Seen Needing Industry Help" by Rebe ...read more

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lifestyle Features Seen Luring Consumers to Energy Management

Lowering a utility bill isn’t likely to be the near-term driver that engages consumers in adoption of home energy management services, said panelists at Parks Associates’ Smart Energy Summit. “Consumer interest in saving energy appears to have waned some over the past couple of years,” said John Barrett, director of consumer analytics at Parks.

When the economy was in poorer shape and consumers were more sensitive about budgets, they were more interested in saving money on h ...read more

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