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JAN 8, 2018

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES 2018 to examine strategies to broaden adoption of smart home and IoT solutions

Parks Associates will host CONNECTIONS™ Summit: IoT and the Smart Home on January 9 at CES® 2018, at the Venetian, Level 4, Marcello, 4405 in Las Vegas. Throughout CES, the research firm will be at booth #40562 at the Sands Expo.

“Smart home markets made tremendous progress in 2017, so our focus now is to examine the innovations for 2018 to determine how well they will match consumer expectations for a seamless, intuitive smart home experience,” said Elizabeth Parks, SVP, Parks Associates.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit topics include strategies to improve the user experience, leading value propositions for smart products and services, new partnership opportunities, and the impact of AI and data analytics within the smart home ecosystem.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit sponsors include Homematic IP, Vivint Smart Home, Brilliant, Carrier, Chamberlain Group, Cirrent, Deutsche Telekom, Greenwave Systems, Hive, Intel, iQor, LUX Products, mnubo, NXP, Plasmatic Technologies, Prodea, ROC-Connect, and Zigbee Alliance.   

Parks Associates research of U.S. broadband households finds:

  • 44% use voice controls on Internet-connected devices.
  • 49% want the ability to monitor and adjust their thermostat remotely.
  • 44% have two or more connected video entertainment devices.
  • Roughly 50% are willing to share data from smart devices for discounts on electricity.
  • Over 50% find voice control appealing for entertainment and smart home devices.
  • 40% are very interested in having voice control in their vehicles.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit sessions include:

  • Smart Home Platforms: Unlocking Consumer Value
  • Moving the Smart Home beyond Early Adopters
  • Voice Control: Improving the Smart Home Experience
  • Support, Privacy, and Connected Consumers: Providing a Seamless Experience
  • DIY Smart Home Security: The Next Big Opportunity
  • Smart Home and Interoperability: Expanding Ease of Use
  • Creating Compelling IoT Services with AI and Data Analytics
  • Smart Home and IoT: Health and Wellness Applications


2018 Panelists

eQ-3 AG
Bernd Grohmann, Executive Vice President

Jay Darfler, Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets

Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy

Lainie Muller, Director Wellness

Brilliant, Inc.
Aaron Emigh, CEO & Co-founder

Pamela Hoppel, Senior Director, Product Marketing

Centrica Connected Home (Hive)
Nina Bhatia, Managing Director

Martin Heckmann, Director, Emerging Business at Chamberlain Group Inc

Rob Conant, CEO

Scott Boyarsky, Vice President, Digital Home Products

Neal Foster, Vice President of Product Management, Xfinity Home 

CUJO AI Platform
Leon Kuperman, CTO 

Deutsche Telekom AG
Thomas Rockmann, VP Connected Home

GE Lighting
Jeff Patton, GM Connected Home Product Management & Innovation

Mark Spates, Product Lead for Smart Home

Greenwave Systems
Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist

Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO

Intel Corp.
Miles Kingston, GM, Smart Home Group

Lutron Electronics
Matthew Swatsky, Vice President-Residential Mid-Market Business

LUX Products Corp
Rob Munin, CEO

Aditya Pendyala, Co-founder & Head of Growth

Nest Labs
Jeff Hamel, Head of Energy Partnerships

Sami Nassar, VP of Cybersecurity

Omron Healthcare, Inc
Ranndy Kellogg, President and CEO

People Power
Stuart Sikes, VP Business Development & Strategy

Plasmatic Technologies Inc.
Tony Mauro, Chief Technology Officer

Prodea Systems, Inc.
Peter Radsliff, Vice President Marketing

Marcus Scheiber, CEO

Samsung Electronics America
Nana Murugesan, Vice President & General Manager, Services & New Business

Samsung Electronics America Inc.
Michael Lawder, Senior Vice President, Customer Care

Samsung SmartThings
Brett Worthington, Vice President of Global Business Development & Partnerships

Todd Mozer, CEO

Sleep Number
Annie Bloomquist, Chief Product Officer

Trusource Labs
Alton Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist

Vivint Smart Home
Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer

Whisker Labs
Amena Ali, CRO 

Zigbee Alliance
Tobin Richardson, President & CEO

Parks Associates Analysts / Moderators

Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates

Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

Summit supporters include Antenna, B2 Group, BayPay Forum, Bedrock Learning, Best Web Design Agencies, Bestseos.com, Bluetooth SIG, BoogarLists, CABA, CIOReview, CoPE, Conference Guru, Cord Cutters News, Council, CrowdReviews.com, Digital Entertainment Group, Digital Trends, Entertainment Merchants Association, FierceCable, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceTelecom, FierceWireless, FierceWireless Tech, Finpro, GeoMarketing, HomeGrid Forum, Hometoys, Innovation & Tech Today, Intergetic Forum, IoT Consortium (Platinum Supporter), IoT Weekly News, ISE Magazine, KNXtoday, LonMark International, MoCA, oneM2M, Open Connectivity Foundation, Payments & Cards Network, PharmaVoice, Predicting our Future, Smart Grid Spain, TelcoProfessionals, Telecompaper, Topseos.com, TWICE, and Visibility Magazine.

For information about Parks Associates, visit www.parksassociates.com. To speak with an analyst or to request research, contact Julia Homier at julia.homier@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

About CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES

CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is an annual research and industry event hosted by international research firm Parks Associates at CES in Las Vegas.

The 2018 CONNECTIONS™ Summit features panels examining successful consumer-focused strategies in designing and deploying IoT, smart home, and connected CE and health solutions. Leading analysts from host Parks Associates present consumer research and moderate expert discussions on crossover opportunities among these ecosystems, with insights on emerging trends, including AI, voice controls, and growing privacy concerns. CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES is THE place to be to learn about the smart home, get the latest consumer research, and network with strategic decision makers in this growing market.

The 2018 CONNECTIONS™ Summit will take place January 9 during CES in Las Vegas. Follow the event on Twitter at @CONN_Summit.

For information about CONNECTIONS™ Summit, contact sales@parksassociates.com or call 972-490-1113 or visit www.connectionssummit.com.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers.