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2022 Agenda


CONNECTIONS™ sessions offer a mix of market research, analysis, and industry insight. This approach is unique among conferences and necessary to capture the complexity and see the opportunities in these interconnected markets. Contact Parks Associates with questions.

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Feb 3  State of the Smart Home

Apr 14  Expanding the Role of the Home Network

May 2022  In-person Conference, Details Coming Soon

Aug 18  State of the Home Security Market

Oct 20  Broadband Future Proofing: Driving New Experiences and Value

Nov 10  Tech Innovation and New Partnerships

Thursday, February 3

State of the Smart Home

Join us to hear the latest smart home innovations in 2022, following CES. This session includes insights on consumer perception of smart home solutions, and specifically focused on partnerships, efforts to achieve interoperability, and the role of stand-alone devices and whole home systems in the continued move toward mass-market adoption.

11:00 AM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight: Bringing a Unified Experience to the Smart Home

This opening presentation from Parks Associates provides the latest trends in home security and smart home, drawing from the firm’s quarterly research of 10,000 broadband households.

Chris White, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

11:15 AM CT

Integration and the Consumer Experience

Matter is an ambitious initiative, and its implementation could drive massive growth in device adoption because product interoperability remains important for consumers. More than one-quarter of consumers who purchased door locks and smart plugs report devices’ ability to work with other owned smart home products was a major purchase consideration. This session brings together industry leaders to share their perspectives on interoperability and the growth of the smart home.

Samantha Fein, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Samsung SmartThings

Michael Bailey Smith, VP of Global Sales, Lexi

Stefan Witkamp, Co-founder, Commercial Director, Homey

Moderator: Chris White, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

12:00 PM CT

Fireside Chat / Executive Q&A

Michelle Mindala-Freeman, Head of Marketing & Member Services, Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA)

Moderator: Elizabeth Parks, President and CMO, Parks Associates

12:30 PM CT

Smart Home Devices and Home Systems

Consumers are buying smart home devices as part of a system purchase and as a single device purchase. The installation method also varies; self-installation is becoming more and more popular for consumers. This session brings industry leaders together to talk about the role of professional smart home providers versus devices or systems that are installed by the consumer.

Kevin Kraus, V.P. Global Programs and Technology Alliances, Smart Residential Solutions, ASSA ABLOY Group

Yana Welinder, CEO, Kraftful Inc

Moderator: Jennifer Kent, VP, Research, Parks Associates

1:30 PM CT

Closing Comments

 

Thursday, April 14

Expanding the Role of the Home Network

Broadband providers have reacted to increased interest in home networking and mesh products by rolling out new routers and gateways with advanced functionality, as well as updating existing models with new features. Of particular interest are new Wi-Fi 6 products, new solutions capable of segmenting consumers’ personal and work traffic onto separate networks, as well as new value-added services running directly on the router/gateway itself via a hybrid edge computing model.

11:00 AM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight: Consumers and Value-Added Services

This opening session from Parks Associates highlights adoption of home networking products and key insights into value-added services, leveraging research from the firm’s quarterly surveys of 10,000 broadband households.

11:15 AM CT

Wi-Fi and Value-Added Services

The timing of “managed Wi-Fi” could not be better from a service provider standpoint. Bundled “triple-play” home services, generally consisting of video, phone (VoIP), and broadband capability, have steadily declined over the past seven years. Top value-added services offered to consumers include advanced device recognition and parental controls, smart and adaptive optimized Wi-Fi, whole-home cybersecurity, and even Wi-Fi motion sensing. This session highlights leading executives’ perspectives on the growth of broadband services for consumers at home.

12:00 PM CT

Fireside Chat / Executive Q&A

12:30 PM CT

Privacy and Security

Consumers continue to add connected devices to their homes and many are working remotely all or some of the time. Parks Associates finds 79% of US broadband households are concerned about data security or privacy issues. This session addresses the growing privacy and security concerns for the connected home, including the home network and connected devices.

1:30 PM CT

Closing Comments

 

Thursday, August 18

State of the Home Security Market

Security systems with 24/7 professional monitoring are the foundation of consumer familiarity with home monitoring services. These traditional services set the standard for safety, theft prevention, and detection for homes and businesses and have a straightforward and robust value proposition that resonates with consumers and companies. Currently, 33% of broadband households have a security system with professional security monitoring.

11:00 AM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight: Consumers Want Choice

This opening presentation from Parks Associates provides the latest trends in home security and smart home, drawing from the firm’s quarterly research of 10,000 broadband households.

11:15 AM CT

Hybrid Business Models

Part of the rise in adoption of home security systems is the separation of professional installation from professional monitoring. Self-installation provides a new way for consumers to buy with lower upfront costs. Lower prices, no contract offerings, and new installation and services options provide consumers with the ultimate choice in home security, automation, and monitoring services. Consumers can determine the optimal combination of installation, monitoring, and automation that provides a sufficient level of security and convenience for their household — a package that is “safe enough” for their needs. This session addresses the new business models emerging and how providers are engaging consumers with choice and value.

12:00 PM CT

Fireside Chat / Executive Q&A

12:30 PM CT

Monitoring Services

Consumers expect their security systems to provide basic interactivity that enables them to access and control the household security system remotely as well as receive notifications as scheduled or requested. This session addresses the role of devices in extending security services to provide additional value and convenience to consumers. Value-added services include professional monitoring for energy usage, risk mitigation from flood and fire, health monitoring, asset monitoring, and appliance maintenance monitoring.

1:30 PM CT

Closing Comments

 

Thursday, October 20

Broadband Future Proofing: Driving New Experiences and Value

Consumers continue to upgrade their broadband services at home. Smart Wi-Fi technology, mesh networking products, and new cybersecurity solutions have become increasingly important as consumers require private spaces in their house to conduct remote business. This session addresses how technology providers and operators are expanding functionality to enable new services at home. 

11:00 AM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight: Broadband Speeds and the Future

This opening session from Parks Associates provides insights into current broadband speeds at home, the growth of broadband access for consumers, and sets the stage for the panel discussions.

11:15 AM CT

Broadband Services and MDUs

ISPs are offering new services to residential customers and the MDU space at the network edge. These services make use of agents running directly on customers’ routers, as well as a hybrid edge/cloud computing model, to offer services such as advanced device recognition and parental controls, smart optimized Wi-Fi, whole-home cybersecurity, or Wi-Fi motion sensing. This session addresses the increase managed Wi-Fi deployments – both as a valuable amenity for residents, and to better support and enable smart apartment technology.

12:00 PM CT

Fireside Chat / Executive Q&A

12:30 PM CT

Smart Home Strategies: Transition to Services

As aspects of daily life get more connected, remote work continues on for many, and consumer interest in smart home devices and expanded professional monitoring services will continue. In addition, we expect to see new interest in whole-home security and other services in general. This session brings industry leaders to talk about appliance monitoring, health monitoring, energy monitoring, and more.

1:30 PM CT

Closing Comments

 

Thursday, November 10

Tech Innovation and New Partnerships

New tech like AI and machine learning can drive business value through enabling enhanced capabilities over non AI powered solutions. Just as connected products will supplant non-connected models, AI is creating a new value tier that will enable brands to be more competitive at the same price point or enable them to demand higher prices for hardware and services.

11:00 AM CT

Welcome and Analyst Insight: Delivering New Value through Technology

This opening presentation from Parks Associates provides an overview of emerging tech, including some of the latest features and applications, drawing from its research work. It also highlights some of the latest industry partnerships in the connected home.

11:15 AM CT

AI and Video Analytics

Innovation in video and audio analytics drives new applications and services like facial, emotion, gender, situational, and object recognition, creating dramatic new capabilities to understand context and deliver value through advanced insights and improved user experience. This session addressees how video and audio analytics are evolving and impacting the smart home user experience.

12:00 PM CT

Fireside Chat / Executive Q&A

12:30 PM CT

Hardware as a Service

As aspects of daily life get more connected, remote work continues on for many, and consumer interest in smart home devices and expanded professional monitoring services will continue. In addition, we expect to see new interest in whole-home security and other services in general. This session brings industry leaders to talk about appliance monitoring, health monitoring, energy monitoring, and more.

1:30 PM CT

Closing Comments