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May 12, 2017

Cox Communications to present keynote at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Industry leaders address consumerization of smart home services at 21st-annual executive conference, May 23-25, in San Francisco

Leading IoT research firm Parks Associates announced today that Cox Communications will deliver a keynote address at the 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 23-25, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Kristine Faulkner, SVP/GM, COX Homelife, will present the keynote address “What About the Customer? Bridging the Divide in Smart Home Services” at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, and address how the industry can reach mass consumerization of smart home services.

“Consumers recognize the expansive possibilities inherent in smart home technologies, which allow them to leverage the same connectivity to stream a movie, control their thermostat, and secure the home,” said Tom Kerber, Director of IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. “CONNECTIONS™ explores the full range of possibilities for companies active in the connected home, including ways the industry can move beyond first-time buyers to achieve mass-market adoption.”

Currently 26% of U.S. broadband households own at least one smart home device, but more and more of these products are bought as standalone devices, with the expectation that they will all work together. Parks Associates forecasts by 2020, annual U.S. revenues from smart home controllers will exceed $1.3 billion.

Companies need to develop smart home ecosystem strategies that can create premium value and long-term revenue. Faulkner will discuss these strategies to bridge the divide between first-time buyers and mass consumerization of smart home services.

The 2017 CONNECTIONS™Conference offers a mix of market research, analysis, and industry insight from key industry leaders – an approach unique among conferences and necessary to capture the complexity and opportunities in these interconnected markets.

Faulkner is the operational and innovative leader focused on driving growth of the Cox Homelife and Smart Home market - one of Cox's fastest growing services divisions. She oversees all related operational strategies for this business unit, including marketing, sales, customer experience, and advanced services development.

“The smart home and security services market has great potential to invite consumers into a new era of possibility in how they interact and manage their daily lives. Consumers want to be at ease and cared for and that is especially important given where consumer sentiments are today,” Faulkner said. “Cox is playing a big part in that movement, and we are able to introduce consumers to capabilities they may not be aware of when they are selecting new broadband, entertainment services, moving or upgrading. This year, Cox has embarked on a nationwide Cox Smart Home tour in our communities demonstrating how families are creatively combining Cox services with dozens of devices and applications to build their custom connected home of the future.”

This year’s CONNECTIONS™ Conference will also feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home
  • Miles Kingston, GM of Smart Home, Intel
  • Rahul Patel, SVP and GM of Connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • Sridhar Solur, Senior Vice President, Product & Development for Xfinity Home, Internet of Things and Data Services, Comcast

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors: Intel Corporation, Vivint Smart Home, Asurion, Greenwave Systems, Assurant Solutions, HelloTech, Xively by LogMeIn, Alarm.com, Centercode, ROC-Connect, Support.com, ULE Alliance, Verisk, AMT Warranty, Arrayent, Audio Analytic, August Home, Ayla Networks, Cirrent, Cross Country Home Services, Deutsche Telekom, EVRYTHNG, FIBARO, mnubo, OneEvent Technologies, Somfy, Whisker Labs, Z-Wave, Amazon Alexa, HomeAdvisor, Nortek Security & Control, Tyco, leakSMART™, and MivaTek.

CONNECTIONS™ supporters include Antenna, B2 Group, BayPay Forum, Bedrock Learning, Best Web Design Agencies, Bestseos.com, Bluetooth SIG, BoogarLists, CABA, CEDIA, 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, Home Energy Magazine, HomeGrid Forum, Hometoys, i-Home, Innovation & Tech Today, Intelligent Health Association, Intergetic Forum, IoT Consortium, IoT Weekly News, ISE Magazine, KNXtoday, LonMark International, MoCA, oneM2M, Open Connectivity Foundation, Payments & Cards Network, PharmaVoice, ReadWrite, RHCC, Smart Grid Spain, TelcoProfessionals, Telecompaper, Thread Group, Topseos.com, TWICE, Visibility Magazine, and Wi-Fi Alliance.

To register for the 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference, visit http://bit.ly/CONNUSregistration. Press passes are available at http://bit.ly/CONNmediapass. To schedule an interview with an analyst or request specific research, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com, 720.987.6614.


Parks Associates' 27th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023 and multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2023. The event focuses on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, and home automation.

Bringing together more than 1,500 senior executives, CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions. The Parks Associates analyst team leads all conference sessions, which are focused on technology innovations, consumer adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and the evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2023 features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023, with virtual sessions on March 2, July 20, and October 5. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.