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2019 Agenda

Tuesday, 19 NovemberNext Stages of Smart Home Development






Welcome and Opening Comments

The smart home market is accelerating as more consumers discover the value of connected products. The technology is challenging traditional industries like home security, but it also creates opportunities for new channels and business models. This research presentation provides insight into smart home adoption trends, channel preferences, and new use cases, all helping to expand interest and adoption for these solutions.

Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates


Evolution of the Smart Home: Gaining Traction

Connected products and ecosystems have taken a variety of approaches to expand value ranging from proprietary platforms, to tightly curated partnerships, to open platforms courting thousands of developers. This opening session featuring leading players addresses the next 6-12 months of development in the smart home and new consumer engagement strategies.

Arsham Hatambeiki, SVP Product & Technology, Universal Electronics Inc.

Mario Moura, Managing Director EMEA, Resideo

Gabriel Wetzel, CEO, Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates



Thomas Rockmann - CONNECTIONS Europe DT Keynote

Thomas Rockmann

Vice President, Consumer IoT

Deutsche Telekom AG

DT - CONNECTIONS Europe keynote



Wi-Charge - CONNECTIONS Europe sponsorNetworking Break
Sponsored by Wi-Charge


Smart Home Platforms: Enabling Solutions and Expanding Value

IoT platforms of various types are critical components of smart home offerings for both consumer and enterprise-facing tasks. This interactive panel session addresses how companies can leverage platforms to deploy new products and services that can add value to their core offerings. It will explore key issues of reliability, interoperability, product and service ecosystem development, user experience, security, and data protection.

Matthieu de Broca, International Business Development Director, Overkiz, a subsidiary of the Somfy Group

Mark Lufkin, Chief Commercial Officer, Wondrwall

Daniel Moneta, Co-Founder, CMO & EVP Corporate Development, MMB Networks

Arjen Noorbergen, Founder and CEO, Olisto

Larry Poon, Co-founder and COO, IMONT Technologies Limited

Prashanth Shetty, Chief Marketing Officer, Ayla Networks

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates




Charlie Kindel

Chief Product and Technology Officer


SnapAV - CONNECTIONS Europe keynote



Networking Lunch


Home Connectivity: Smart Home and CE: Converging Ecosystems

Connectivity and the smart home are forcing convergence between historically separate industries, creating new opportunities for differentiation and competitive advantage. Smart products such as thermostats, networked cameras, and lighting are entering homes; some as independent products, some as smart home systems. Smart TVs, DVRs, set-top boxes, and other entertainment products are now mainstream. This presentation panel addresses strategies to achieve a unified experience in the home for consumers between smart home and connected entertainment products and services.

Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO EMEA & VP Product Management, Commscope

Stefan Witkamp, Founder & Commercial Director, Athom, creators of Homey

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Kevin Meagher, European Associate, Parks Associates


Ensuring a Premium Home Network and Wi-Fi Experience

Wi-Fi penetration is nearing saturation levels. In the US, 81% of households use in-home Wi-Fi. Issues relating to connectivity and speed are the most common technical issues consumers encounter with home network routers. This session addresses what solutions are emerging to ensure stable connectivity in the home, as well as security for data.

Niall Robinson, VP, Global Business, Plume

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates


Networking Break


Providing Data Security and Privacy Protection to Consumers at Home

By their nature, connected devices pose a risk to consumers’ privacy. This session addresses current attitudes around data privacy as well as how companies collect and manage their data, with speakers offering insights on the best solutions and strategies to communicate these practices to consumers.

Tom Gaffney, Principal Consultant, F-Secure

Steve Oetegenn, President & COO, Verimatrix

Razvan Todor, Director, Connected Home Security, Bitdefender

Moderator: Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates




Santeri Kangas

Chief Technology Officer




Expanding the Role of Service Providers in the Smart Home

Service providers possess distinct advantages in selling and delivering devices and services to consumers. This session explores the unique position of service providers, including broadband, insurance, utilities, and security providers, in the smart home ecosystem and presents strategies to capitalize on consumers’ needs regarding connected devices in the home.

Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance

Aurelien Couderc, International Business Development Manager - Smart Home & Utilities, Allianz Partners

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


Networking Reception

Wednesday, 20 November – Engaging Consumers: Smart Home, Security, Health, and Energy Solutions


Registration and Breakfast


Welcome: Building Consumer Engagement

A connected home creates new ways to engage with consumers. Consumer engagement strategies for smart home products and systems continue to develop across multiple channels, including home builders, insurance, and traditional service providers. This opening presentation addresses key trends from Parks Associates research.

Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates


Smart Home and Security: US vs. Europe

To date, security and peace of mind have been the leading consumer driver of smart home products and services. Self-installed security solutions have the potential to significantly lower the cost of security, create new monitoring use cases, and, in doing so, expand the market beyond the early stages. In the US, 22% of homes have professional monitored security so residential security is a huge business but in Europe, the average across the region is less than 4%. This session highlights key differences between the US and EU markets, including drivers and barriers for smart home and security products and services.

Hans Overgaard, Managing Partner, Danalock

David Rimmer, Director Business Development - Europe, Alarm.com

Rafi Zauer, Head of Marketing, Essence

Moderator: Kevin Meagher, European Associate, Parks Associates



Patrice Slupowski - Orange keynote speaker - CONNECTIONS Europe

Patrice Slupowski

SVP Digital Innovation


Orange - CONNECTIONS Europe Keynote



Networking Break


Installation and Support: Expanding the Smart Home

Consumer onboarding experiences with connected home products and systems are critical to reducing product return rates and increasing brand loyalty. This session examines DIY and Do it For Me (DIFM) approaches to simplifying the smart home experience for consumers and the ripple effect on support business models when initial setup is transparent to the end user. Speakers share strategies to deliver support to connected consumers and how to monetize product and service reliability.

Yuval Boger, Chief Marketing Officer, Wi-Charge

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


Role of Voice in the Smart Home

Voice has made a sizeable impact in the smart home and connected CE spaces with the success of smart speakers and personal assistants. The challenge is now to extend these capabilities to other systems throughout the home, establish the role of voice alongside other interfaces in the home, and ensure these innovations are attracting new households into the smart home ecosystem. This presentation highlights the changes voice has made on the smart home concept and its appeal to smart home households versus other consumers.

Moderator: Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


Connected Health Platforms and Independent Living Solutions

Extending a smart home platform to support connected health and telecare applications and services is a natural pathway forward for many smart home platform providers. This session addresses how, sensors, wearables, wellness solutions, connected fitness, and medical devices offer new growth opportunities for the smart home industry.

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


Networking Lunch


Driving Incremental Revenue through Value-Added Services

This brief research presentation highlights ways that value-added services like energy, health, and support services can drive incremental revenue. It highlights partnerships in the industry enabling innovative offerings to consumers and providing value-added services.

Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates


Energy Management Solutions: Unlocking Value

A smart home where multiple devices are controlled in coordination maximizes energy savings and gives consumers new insights into the efficiency and operation of their home devices. With electric vehicles, battery storage systems, and residential solar gaining momentum, combined with the growth of zero energy homes and the higher number of connected devices entering the home, the opportunity for these solutions to work together in a holistic home energy management system is needed. Speakers in this session present the multiple product categories active in the home and how crossover use cases can lead to new and valuable energy management scenarios.

Håkan Ludvigson, CEO, Eliq

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates


Insurance and Smart Home Products

Home insurance carriers can leverage the IoT and smart home to engage consumers, secure new revenue growth, and defend against emerging threats. This session examines trends in the US and EU and outlines successful business strategies for insurers entering the smart home market.

Nick Rutter, Chief Product Officer, FireAngel Safety Technology Group PLC

More Speakers TBA

Moderator: Kevin Meagher, European Associate, Parks Associates


Networking Break


Partnering for Success: Next Stage of Growth

Companies in the smart home space have made great strides over the past few years in deploying new smart home and security products. This session addresses execution of partnerships and the value of companies coming together to provide an integrated, cohesive offering to consumers.

Moderator: Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


Investing in the Smart Home: Future Tech

Acquisitions, mergers, and strategic investments have been an important driver within the smart home industry over the past two years. In this session, venture capital and investment experts discuss the leading areas of investment within the smart home industry, identifying priorities among investors and future investments within emerging technology like blockchain and AI.

Moderator: Kevin Meagher, European Associate, Parks Associates


Closing Comments

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CONNECTIONS™ Europe features sessions with leading executives in digital living and Parks Associates’ current consumer and industry data, providing comprehensive examination of the technologies and business strategies best poised to move this industry forward.

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