The Technology to Deliver Millions of Connected Homes

Parks Associates Internet of Things Webcast - AlertMe

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13% of U.S. broadband households report owning at least one smart home device.

Co-hosted by AlertMe
and Parks Associates

The role of a connected home platform is to unify the user experience by providing an ecosystem of products and applications that work together.

This webcast discusses the key challenges of scalability, interoperability, usability and integration of data analytics for the future connected home.

Companies are evaluating new options to leverage connectivity to reduce operating costs, extend the functionality of products, add services using new business models, and provide a unique, fully integrated experience.

This webcast addresses:

  • The role of connected home platforms in the Internet of Things
  • Current strategies among smart home vendors to leverage product connectivity, including:
    • Reducing costs
    • Extending functionality
    • Adding  new services
    • Providing an integrated user experience
  • Product requirements and challenges to maintain scalability in smart home systems
  • Technology challenges and principles to keep pace with innovation in the connected home


Pilgrim Beart, Founder, Director, Ltd.
Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates
Mary Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Ltd.


Pilgrim Beart, Founder, Director, Ltd.

Parks Associates webcast - AlertMet

A computer scientist and fellow of The IET, Pilgrim Beart has over 20 years' experience creating ground-breaking, high-technology enterprises. He has founded 4 companies, including: activeRF Ltd, antenova Ltd, AlertMe, and Pilgrim also spent 6 years working in Silicon Valley with companies such as Atari and Chromatic Research.

Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

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Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures and numerous firms within the smart home ecosystem. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU. Tom has also led projects for many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master's in software engineering from the University of Texas.

Mary Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Ltd.

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With over 20 years’ experience in the Internet & Telecommunications markets, Mary Turner was appointed CEO of AlertMe in February 2010. Mary was previously CEO of broadband company, Tiscali UK, leading a series of acquisitions, including companies like Video Networks and the Pipex broadband and telephone business and growing the company to 1.8m broadband customers and revenues of €608m by 2008.

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