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July 25, 2016


Parks Associates releases key takeaways in 20th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Event Summary

IoT Insights from Parks Associates and 100+ speakers

Parks Associates today announced the release of the event summary for the 20th-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, which featured keynotes from Amazon, Cablevision, Comcast’s Xfinity Home, Rovi, SmartThings, and Vivint Smart Home. The research firm hosted the conference May 24-26, 2016, in San Francisco, and the event summary discloses key points from over 25 sessions at the event, including consumer data, Parks Associates insights, and industry responses to audience polls during the event. Event topics include platform integration, consumer privacy, media piracy, big data, and the emergence of voice as a key user interface, with Amazon driving this change through Echo and Alexa.

 “In the 20 years that Parks Associates has hosted CONNECTIONS™, the connected home has evolved from a high-end concept toward a mass-market opportunity with incredible revenue potential,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “Adding connectivity to consumer electronics, security, and home controls is aggressively driving the evolution of the connected home ecosystems into what is now popularly termed the Internet of Things (IoT).”

At CONNECTIONS™, IoT leaders and analysts addressed emerging high-profile market disruptions from every aspect of the broadband household and connected consumer.

“CONNECTIONS™ continues to be the one event where leaders from different markets, all active in the IoT, can come together to discuss new use cases and emerging business models that will engage consumers and grow revenues,” Sikes said.

Over 650 executives were in attendance for CONNECTIONS™ from the following industries: IoT, new media, digital entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, software and middleware, smart home, digital health, insurance, mobile applications and services, consumer electronics, home control systems and security, technical support, and energy management.

Parks Associates presented new consumer research at CONNECTIONS™ showing:

  • More than two-thirds of U.S. broadband households now have an entertainment device connected to the Internet.
  • Nearly one-fifth of U.S. broadband households own a smart home device, with nearly 50% planning to purchase one in the next 12 months.
  • Smartphone ownership is at nearly 90% of all U.S. broadband households, and 58% own both a smartphone and a tablet.

CONNECTIONS™ Sponsorsincluded Reception Sponsors CEL and Zonoff; Session Sponsors Icontrol Networks and PlumChoice; Lunch Sponsors Coldwell Banker and NXP; Silver Sponsors Alarm.com, Assurant, Asurion, Centercode, ROC-Connect, Support.com, ULE Alliance, WiZR, and ZigBee Alliance; Bronze Sponsors Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, Cirrent, EVRYTHNG, Flextronics, Honeywell, HP, iQor, mnubo, People Power, PlanetEcosystems, WeatherBug Home, and Z-Wave; Program Guide Sponsor Vivint; Breakfast Sponsors Greenwave Systems and leakSMART; and Break Sponsors Home8, HomeAdvisor, Nortek Security & Control, State Farm, and Tyco.

To download the CONNECTIONS™ Event Summary and to access video streams of some event sessions, visit www.connectionsus.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or request specific research, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com, 720.987.6614.

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.