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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The IoT's Perplexing Security Problems

"IoT security is highly fragmented and many devices are vulnerable," observed Kristen Hanich, research analyst at Parks Associates.

"There are a large number of devices out there with known weaknesses that can easily be exploited by commonly available attacks," she told the E-Commerce Times.

Most of these devices won't receive protective updates, Hanich said, and "as most IoT devices are put in place for years or even decades, this will lead to hundreds of millions of vu ...read more

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The VR Experience: Challenges for a Growing Market

The various VR technology approaches present unique user experience issues that current-generation VR headsets have yet to solve.

Feedback on the user experience from those who own or have tried VR headsets has been mixed, based on Parks Associates data. While the majority of survey respondents said they would like to be able to experience VR in their own homes, more than half also reported that they did not think the experience would be worth the extra expense of buying a h ...read more

Friday, January 12, 2018

Top 5 Data-Driven Mobile Services for a Competitive Edge

The most commonly used type of mobile application is social media, according to Parks Associates' data.

More than 80 percent of U.S. smartphone owners under the age of 25 use social media and chat apps such as Facebook and Snapchat on their phones, the firm's research suggests.

Providers in emerging markets have been using social media to drive mobile data adoption and, in some cases, bring people online for the first time. In more mature markets, MSPs have used zero-rat ...read more

Monday, January 08, 2018

IoT and 5G: New Revenues, Use Cases, Value-added Services

Among the U.S. broadband households that participated in a Parks Associates survey, 6-9 percent reported ownership of a wearable camera in 1Q 2017, and 9 percent were likely to purchase a wearable camera in the 2017 holiday season.

From the article "IoT and 5G: New Revenues, Use Cases, Value-added Services" by Kristen Hanich.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Evolution of the 4th Utility: Fixed Broadband

In-home broadband has become "the fourth utility" in United States households, many of which have multiple connected devices and viewing screens. More than 85 percent of U.S. homes have broadband service, according to Parks Associates, 93 percent of those have DSL, fiber or cable high-speed, fixed-line Internet services.

The demand for high-speed fixed broadband is a key contributor to ongoing revenue and profitability for operators, particularly due to declines in pay-TV an ...read more

Monday, March 27, 2017

Competition and Regulation Threaten Sharing Economy Markets

Eighty-three percent of U.S. broadband households, or more than 250 million consumers, own and use a smartphone. A recent beneficiary to this mass adoption has been the sharing economy phenomenon, which includes sharing apps such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. These business models are augmented by real-time data including location, instant gratification, on-demand pricing, and easy payment options.

Their ease and convenience -- built on the intelligence of social, location, and ...read more

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cloud Platforms and the Connected-Device Value Chain

Internet of Things cloud platforms offer device makers and companies the opportunity to greatly expand the value of products and services. These devices are reshaping the value chain by altering product design and development, manufacturing, marketing, supply chain management and service after the sale. They also generate new support activities, such as product data analytics and security.

From the article "Cloud Platforms and the Connected-Device Value Chain" by Brad Russel ...read more

Monday, March 07, 2016

The Technological Evolution Of US Healthcare

Parks Associates believes that new health reforms from the GOP would incorporate many elements of Obamacare, but the political mess could delay implementation of new care models and disrupt the pace of population health management programs' technology adoption, including that for wearables.

From the article "The Technological Evolution Of US Healthcare" by by Harry Wang.

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