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Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 CONNECTIONS Contest Winners Announced

The 19th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference was held on May 19-21 in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ hosted over 600 executives in the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries in an intimate networking environment.

The event hosted several contests to engage the audience before and during the event. Congrats to following winners!

Sponsor Passport:
Marti Chance
Icontrol Networks

Pre-wiring Survey:
Nicholas Grant
Liberty ...read more

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Complimentary Webcast: Evolving Today’s Video Offerings with Cloud DVR

Join Parks Associates and Cisco on Thursday, June 4, at 1:00pm CT for a complimentary industry webcast examining the business and technical challenges and opportunities for evolving today’s video offerings to cloud DVR services.

Parks Associates research shows 45% of U.S. pay-TV subscribers are very interested in unlimited DVR storage features.

Cloud DVR could radically change TV services for consumers, pay-TV providers, and content producers. This service introduces new ...read more

Friday, May 22, 2015

Implications of New Devices Entering the Home: Increasing Technical Problems

New categories of connected devices entering broadband households present both a challenge and an opportunity for technical support services. The increase in the number of devices and the added complexity of devices are challenging brands’ ability to provide unwavering support to customers. However, providing exceptional support can be a differentiator for a brand and gives the brand an opportunity to build customer loyalty. In the context of the emerging IoT space, effective support ...read more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PEQ Reinvents Home Security With Latest App Release, Including Support for the Apple Watch

PEQ, a modern home security and automation service that gives consumers the ability to connect to their homes from anywhere, has released a new version of its app, adding new features that make the home safer and more intelligent. Using self-installed devices and a professional-grade service platform, PEQ is reinventing traditional home security through a newly designed user interface and increased functionality, including a peer monitoring system and support for the Apple ...read more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CEL Introduces the World’s First Bluetooth Smart Module to Offer Pin-Pin Compatibility with ZigBee and Thread

California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) announces the preliminary release of its new MeshConnect™ B1010 series of Bluetooth® Smart Mini Modules. As pin-compatible extensions to CEL’s leading line of ZigBee® and Thread products, these new devices allow designers to easily transition between multiple wireless networking standards via drop-in compatible module hardware. The use of swappable hardware provides significant 'technology agility' where users can quickly adapt to the volatile ...read more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Real Smart Living Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet: Insights from Icontrol’s Letha McLaren

Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer at Icontrol Networks, discusses the paths to consumer adoption and the future of the connected lifestyle:

What is the most important next step to engage consumers in smart home solutions, connected entertainment services, and/or value-added services like tech support and connected health?

We need to market the connected lifestyle to consumers in a way that’s personalized and relatable. Media, plus recognizable companies getting involved, will ...read more

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CEL to present at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

CEL (California Eastern Laboratories) announced today that Tim Harrington, GM Products Group, will participate as a speaker at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference , May 19-21, in San Francisco. Tim will participate in the session 'Standards and Interoperability: Creating Competition through Cooperation' on Thursday, May 21st at 11:15am PDT.

The interactive panel session, moderated by Tom Kerber (Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates) examines ...read more

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Study by Parks Associates and MoCA Reveals Consumer Interest In Wired Solutions

 According to new Parks Associates research of 1,000 U.S broadband households with a wireless home network, households commonly experience issues such as slow downloads, dead zones and interference with other devices with their wireless networks. The study found that nearly 40% of all U.S broadband households with a wireless router have and/or are currently experiencing problems with their wireless network and that more than 50% of respondents experiencing wireless network problems ...read more

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