Security Info Watch

Monday, August 13, 2018

Smart Home Service

Automated smart home systems are a growing trend among mainstream consumers; in fact, according to Parks Associates, 48 percent of U.S. broadband households intend to buy at least one smart home device this year, up 66 percent from 2017.

This reliance on technology is increasing the need for support for smart home and DIY security systems. As more consumers integrate intelligent devices into their homes, security dealers and integrators are faced with a new opportunity to ac more

Friday, July 13, 2018

PERS Disruption

As much as mega-companies like Apple are having an effect on the smart home market, the mobile service providers are truly having a transformative effect on the PERS market. New technologies have enabled new and powerful suppliers to enter the fray to address demand that is growing by leaps and bound every day. In fact, Parks Associates estimates the number of PERS users is expected to double from 3.36 million at the end of 2017 to more than six million by 2021. The market resea more

Monday, July 02, 2018

Report: More than 6M U.S. consumers will use PERS devices by 2021

According to a new report from Parks Associates, more than six million people are expected to use a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) device by 2021, nearly double the 3.36 million who are estimated to have used one at the end of 2017.

The research firm says this anticipated growth will be driven by new wearable devices, such as smart watches, and smartphone-based professionally monitored services.

From the article "More than 6M U.S. consumers will use PERS devic more

Friday, March 17, 2017

Residential Security: Beyond the Walled Garden

For the independent security dealer, all of these changing customer and technology profiles is already happening. The appeal of the walled garden’s closed system is convenience and usability; however, that point of distinction is being eroded by those same factors.

Parks Associates recently mapped the smart home’s competitive landscape by looking for cues and harbingers in user reviews. What Parks’ Tom Kerber found was that walled garden automation was already showing signs more

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Comcast Rolls Out Its Own Connected-Home Products

Even among U.S. households with broadband service, newly released market research from Parks Associates found that less than 30 percent of respondents were familiar with where to buy smart-home products or services.

From the article "Comcast Rolls Out Its Own Connected-Home Products" by Jonathan Takiff.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Home Surveillance Comes Of Age

Dealers have a tremendous opportunity to benefit from smart home technology as consumers have started to take an interest in it — with more than half of the population excited about the technology, according to Icontrol’s report.

Some dealers have already started leveraging this technology, with 70 percent of dealers recently surveyed by Parks Associates indicating that they are currently installing or are planning to install interactive smart home devices or systems.

Fr more

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Where IoT and 2G Intersect

In early 2015, IoT research from Parks Associates predicted rapid growth in the smart home in 2015, as 37 percent of U.S. broadband households intended to buy one or more smart devices this year. The current positioning for consumer IoT products creates an expectation with consumers that IoT products like the Nest Learning Thermostat or Philips Hue should easily interoperate with other IoT devices in the home.

Given the fact that 20 percent of homes have professionally monit more

Monday, June 01, 2015

Smart Homes: From Niche to Mainstream

The path toward today’s modern smart home has spanned nearly a century, comprising every household innovation, from the introduction of vacuums to the invention of personal computers and mobile phones. In 2010, a new era began when ADT was first to debut a mass-market interactive security solution — ADT Pulse — that has evolved to offer users a platform to view real-time video, receive alerts, arm their security system and remotely control devices such as lights, door locks, gar more

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