Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Nearly 60% of U.K. broadband households prefer hardware-as-a-service option to acquire smart thermostat

CONNECTIONS™ Europe addresses energy management and independent living solutions

New research from Parks Associates finds strong interest in the U.K. for hardware-as-a-service options for smart thermostats, with 58% of broadband households willing to pay five pounds per month for a hardware and service bundle. Parks Associates will host the 13th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Strategies for Smart Home and Consumer IoT on 13-14 November at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel to discuss strategies that leverage this interest in order to expand smart home adoption throughout Europe.

Smart Thermostat: Purchase or Finance Options | Parks Associates

“U.K. households, similar to the U.S., profess a dislike for monthly fees, but when you package a smart thermostat with a bundle of services at the right price point, their interest goes up,” said Tom Kerber, Senior Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. “Service providers who include installation and support capabilities with their smart home offerings have a significant competitive advantage.”

CONNECTIONS™ Europe features keynotes from IBM, Inwido, Bosch Smart Home, Orange, and Philips and multiple sessions with research and executive insights on the business opportunities, revenue strategies, and partnership opportunities for the smart home, security, energy management, and wellness industries.

Two key sessions at CONNECTIONS™ Europe focus on business models for energy and smart home products, new solutions in connected healthcare, and strategies to integrate these offerings within the larger smart home ecosystem.

Speakers for “Integrating Energy Services with the Smart Home” and “Independent Living: Serving Consumers at Home”:

  • David Boundy, GM, Energy Solutions, Intel
  • Marco Dorjee, VP Business Development & Strategy IoT, DSR Corporation
  • Reinout Engelberts, CEO, Sensara
  • Michiel Fokke, CTO, Quby
  • Pierre Guillet, Solution Sales Manager, tado GmbH
  • Rafi Zauer, Head, Marketing, Essence


Sponsors include Homematic IP, Alarm.com, ASSA ABLOY, Bitdefender, F-Secure, Intamac, Open Connectivity Foundation, ROC-Connect, Trusource Labs, Z-Wave, Zigbee Alliance, and Mersoft.

Registration is open, and media are invited to attend. To request data or an interview, contact Julia Homier, julia.homier@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.


CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Strategies for Security and Smart Home will be a virtual conference taking place 10-12 November 2020, as part of the CONNECTIONS™ Community. This virtual conference and networking experience will host multiple webinars leading up to the November event, with analyst insights, interactive panels, roundtable discussions, and special networking, taking place July 15, July 29, Aug 19, Sept 16, Oct 7, and Oct 28.

Produced by Parks Associates, the 14th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe is an executive conference focused on innovative business models, industry partnerships, and technology advancements for smart home solutions, cloud services, and value-added services, including energy management and connected health services.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe combines networking opportunities with visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations for strategic partnerships and monetization opportunities. http://www.connectionseurope.com

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