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March 13, 2018

CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features keynotes from Comcast, Google, Intel, Samsung, and T-Mobile

Parks Associates reports 27% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart video doorbell in 2018

Parks Associates today announced the full keynote lineup for the 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 22-24 in San Francisco, which features executives from Comcast, Google, Intel, Samsung, and T-Mobile. The IoT research firm released new research showing smart video doorbells and smart light bulbs are the most popular smart home devices at the beginning of 2018, with 27% of U.S. broadband households planning to purchase these products in the next 12 months. CONNECTIONS™ will discuss the expansion of smart home solutions in the home and new business strategies that enhance the consumer experience with connected solutions.

“Nationwide 7% of U.S. broadband households currently own a smart door bell, up from 4% at midyear 2017, and adoption is likely to spike in 2018, especially following market actions like the Amazon purchase of Ring,” said Elizabeth Parks, SVP, Parks Associates. “Amazon’s actions also show the importance in business strategies to get a foothold in the home with a central security device around which companies can build an ecosystem.”

Parks Associates - Smart Video Doorbell research

The complete list of 2018 keynotes:

Dr. Melissa Gregg, Director, Research, Intel Smart Home, Intel

Miles Kingston, GM, Smart Home Group, Intel

Yoon Lee, SVP, Head of Product Innovation Team and Head of Content Services, Samsung

Patti Loyack, VP, IP Services, Comcast Cable

Mark Spates, Product Lead for Smart Home, Google

Balaji Sridharan, VP, IoT & M2M, T-Mobile

Parks Associates research also shows that 26% of U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a smart speaker with a personal assistant and 24% plan to but a smart door lock. Prior to CONNECTIONS™, Parks Associates will host the pre-show workshop “Smart Home and IoT: The Next Big Sell”on May 22. Topics include:

The Next Wave of Smart Home Devices

Industry Insights: Growth and Business Models

Industry Insights: Winning Support Strategies

Smart Home Products: Selling the Experience

Industry Insights: Channel Strategies

Integrating Energy Services with the Smart Home

Consumer Insights: Network Security and User Privacy

Blockchain and the Connected Home: Understanding the Impact

Smart Home in Europe

The 2018 CONNECTIONS™ conference will feature more than 650 executives in an intimate networking environment and will focus on innovations to improve the consumer UX and the IoT impact on multiple industries. The event includes conference sessions 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.

Early Conference Sponsors include Intel, Alarm.com, Verisk, Zigbee Alliance, Rapid Response Monitoring, Affinegy, American Two-Way, Assurant Solutions, Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, BASF, Cirrent, Gadgeon, iQor, Johnson Controls, mnubo, Qolsys, Toshiba, Tri Cascade, Trusource Labs, TUV Rheinland, Whisker Labs, Z-Wave, HelloTech, MivaTek, Fing, HomeAdvisor, and Mersoft.

Parks Associates is accepting speaker submissions through www.parksassociates.com/cus-speaker. For more information, visit www.connectionsus.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data, contact Julia Homier at julia.homier@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.


Parks Associates' 25th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2021 focused on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, home automation and entertainment solutions.

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 virtual networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2021 features sessions on March 24, May 12, May 25-26, July 14, August 18, September 22, and November 9-10. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.