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March 21, 2013


Forty-four percent of U.S. broadband households highly interested in smart troubleshooting features for connected appliances

Honeywell, Qualcomm, Arrayent, AlertMe, and Parks Associates to speak in "Internet of Things" session at CONNECTIONS™ at CTIA 2013

Parks Associates research shows consumers value connectivity in appliances as a means to protect their investment, with 44% of U.S. broadband households highly interested in smart troubleshooting features. The international research firm, host of the 17th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference, announced today Honeywell, Qualcomm, AlertMe, and Arrayent will discuss connected-home strategies in a special session that examines consumer and market trends driving creation of the "Internet of Things."

CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, co-located with CTIA 2013 in Las Vegas on May 20-23, focuses on  consumer trends, market analysis, and strategic insight from players within the connected-home industries.

The session "Integrating Connected Home Platforms with Connected Devices," Tuesday, May 21, 11 a.m., moderated by Parks Associates, addresses new features and functionality created as companies add connectivity to controls, energy, security, and home management solutions.

“Internet-enabled devices are common in the home, so companies are developing connected-home strategies, creating scalable platforms that ultimately will enable the Internet of Things, where objects in the real world have an accompanying virtual object in the cloud," said Tom Kerber, director, research, home controls and energy, Parks Associates. “Understanding what offerings consumers want and will pay for is a fundamental issue to help grow this market. This session focuses on new products and services, consumer demand, and the key value propositions that prompt adoption.”

Panel speakers:

  • David Bercovich, VP, North America, AlertMe
  • Shane Dyer, President,Arrayent, Inc.
  • Alan Stoddard, Sr. Marketing Director, Honeywell Security Products Americas
  • Steve Wan, Senior Director Technical Marketing & Business Development, Qualcomm Inc.

“If you have a friend with a mobile phone, you expect to be able to call, text, and email no matter what network they’re on. That’s the starting point for consumer expectations of connected devices in the home," said David Bercovich, VP, North America, AlertMe. "Home controls platforms need to take on the complexity of controlling multiple devices based on personalized rules and intelligent automation that simplify the end-user experience.  The value of the connected home ecosystem will increase exponentially as more devices are addressable and interoperable on the same platform.”

“Cloud device virtualization is an important development because it solves three critical problems facing consumer product brand owners,” said Shane Dyer, President, Arrayent, Inc.  “Virtualization enables the lowest-cost hardware possible because device complexity can be pushed to the cloud and on to smartphones.  Second, virtualization makes interoperability among devices using different LAN technologies, such as Wi-Fi and ZigBee, possible.  Third, virtualization can enable devices to connect to different application owner clouds, such as a home energy management company, retailer, or a security company.”

CONNECTIONS™ Keynotes:

  • Jonathan Kim, Content & Services, Samsung Media Solutions Center (MSCA), Samsung
  • John Penney, EVP, Strategy, Business Development, & Worldwide Distribution, Starz
  • Kevin Petersen, SVP, Digital Life, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets

Early sponsors include Allegro, Lowe's, Qualcomm, Sutherland Global Services, Arrayent, Support.com, and AlertMe.  For information, visit www.connectionsconference.com and follow event updates on Twitter with the hashtag #connus13.

Parks Associates will host the Connected Home Pavilion on the CTIA 2013 show floor, spotlighting service providers, device manufacturers, and advanced technology companies working on solutions for the connected consumer. Contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113 for sponsorship information or visit http://www.connectionsconference.com.

About CONNECTIONS™

Parks Associates' 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 22-24, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting more than 600 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with two days of visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations for strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design. The event also features a research workshop highlighting Parks Associates’ smart home insight consumer data.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.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.

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