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April 17, 2018

Speakers at Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 22-24 in San Francisco, feature industry-leading companies including Comcast, Fing, Google, Intel, LeakSentinel, SimpliSafe, Samsung, T-Mobile, and more

Parks Associates reports smart thermostat ownership has more than doubled in three years

RecentParks Associates research shows that smart thermostat ownership has more than doubled in recent years, from 5% in 2014 to 13% in 2017. The firm’s 360 View: Energy Management, Smart Home, & Energy Providers reports purchase intention rates have also doubled in the same time period.

“Approximately 63% of the thermostats purchased in the last year were smart thermostats,” said Elizabeth Parks, SVP, Parks Associates. “It has proven to be a hero device for smart home sales, but perceptions of value and affordability are still a concern, as prices of smart thermostats vary considerably. Nest and ecobee have introduced lower cost models, but smart thermostats priced at $200 or more are still driving 43% of volume. The average price consumers paid for a smart thermostat is $175, which is 75% greater than the average price paid for all thermostats.”

Smart Thermostat Ownership | Parks Associates

The consumer IoT research firm’s 22nd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 22-24 in San Francisco, will include the following keynotes:

  • Dr. Melissa Gregg, Director, Research, Intel Smart Home, Intel
  • Yoon Lee, SVP, Head, Product Innovation Team and Head, Content Services, Samsung
  • Miles Kingston, GM, Smart Home Group, Intel
  • Patti Loyack, VP, IP Services, Comcast Cable
  • Mark Spates, Product Lead, Smart Home, Google
  • Balaji Sridharan, VP, IoT & M2M, T-Mobile

Confirmed speakers include:

2018 Speakers


Dr. Melissa Gregg
Director of Research for Intel Smart Home

Miles Kingston
General Manager, Smart Home Group


Patti Loyack
Vice President, IP Services
Comcast Cable

CONNECTIONS Keynote - 2018 Google speaker Mark Spates

Mark Spates
Product Lead for Smart Home



Eric Adler, CEO, Flume, Inc.
Manar Alazma, Vice President of Product Management, Nuance Communications
Marcio Avillez, SVP Networks, CUJO AI
Terry Bader, Chief Revenue Officer, Guardzilla
Colin Barceloux, CEO, Axius
Ran Baror, VP Consumer Business, eyeSight Technologies
Shawn Barry, North American VP, Strategic Sales, Alarm.com
Christopher Baskin, CEO, American Two-Way
Deepak Batheja, Chief Digital Officer & Group CIO, iQor US Inc.
Daniel Behrendt, Business Development, Honeywell Connected Home
Rich Bira, Managing Director, USA, Fibaro
Jeff Blankenburg, Alexa Evangelist, Amazon
Lewis Brown, CEO, MiOS
Alex Capecelatro, CEO, Josh.ai
Naveen Chhangani, Head of Product Management, Arlo, NETGEAR
Jon Clay, Director, Global Threat Communications, Trend Micro
Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent
Laura Crisp, Manager of Emerging Business, Chamberlain, Chamberlain
Richard Culberson, Executive Director, Home Security & Smart Home Operations, Cox Communications
Kent Dickson, Co-Founder and CEO, Yonomi
Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Expert, HomeAdvisor
Drew Doleski, Senior Product Manager, IoT/Telematics - Connected Home, Verisk Analytics
Ed Doran, Principle Program Management, Microsoft
John Driver, CEO, Lynx Technology
Jason Dudley, Senior Planning Analyst, Salt River Project
Geoff Ferrell, Chief Technology Officer, Mandalay Homes
Lisa Fetterman, Founder and CEO, Nomiku
Larry Folsom, President and CEO, I-View Now
J.B. Fowler, Chief Product Officer, DOMOTZ
Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.
Dylan Gale, Principal, Comcast Ventures
Bob Gulino, Founder and VP Marketing, Nuro Technologies
Monika Gupta, EVP Sales, Marketing and Product, Cognitive Systems
Mike Hackett, Co-founder and SVP, Qolsys
Ted HaegerVP of Training & Support, Control4
Scott Hancock, VP of Marketing, Plex
Yuval Harry, Head of Partnerships, Hippo Insurance
Arsham Hatambeiki, VP Corporate Product & Strategy, Universal Electronics Inc.
Morgan Hertel, Vice President of Technology & Innovation, Rapid Response Monitoring
Kurt Hoppe, Global Head of Innovation – Mobility & Connected Services, GM
Steve Horley, Advisor Global Innovation & Investments, Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems
Chris Ince, Z-Wave Business Development Director, Silicon Labs
Craig Johnson, President, Residential Solutions, Emerson
Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development, EnergyHub
Chris Jones, Vice President of Technology, iRobot Corporation 
Len Jordan, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Brett Jurgens, CEO, Notion
Adam Justice, CEO, ConnectSense
John Kennelly, General Manager, Built, b8ta
Miles Kingston, General Manager, Smart Home Group, Intel Corp.
Joseph Kolchinsky, Founder, CEO, OneVision Resources
Timo Laaksonen, President, F-Secure Americas, F-Secure
Aleem Lakhani, EVP, Specialty Risk, AmTrust North America
Rusty Lhamon, Sr. Director, IoT Solutions, T-Mobile
Max Li, President and CEO, Tri Cascade, Inc.
Joe Liu, CEO, Mivatek Smart Connect
Bill Loesch, CEO, LeakSentinel
Sanjay Manney, Sr. Director of Product Management and Marketing, Rambus
Bob Marshall, CEO, Whisker Labs
Alton Martin, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Trusource Labs
David McCall, Senior Strategic Planner - Smart Home Group, Intel Corporation; Chair - Strategy Work Group, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), Intel /OCF
Kevin Meagher, Chief Commercial Officer, Intamac
Greg Mischou, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Woodside Capital Partners
Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO & Founder, Audio Analytic
Daniel Moneta, CMO & EVP Corporate Development, MMB Networks
Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant
Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory
Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com
Rob Munin, President and CEO, Lux Products Corp
Thomas Nakatani, VP of Monitoring Technology & Product, ADT
Dhruveshkumar Patel, CTO, VOLANSYS Technologies
Duane Paulson, VP - Strategic Partnerships, Fing
Josh Pederson, Director of Product, Ayla Networks
Roel Peeters, CEO, Roost Labs
Aditya Pendyala, Co-Founder | VP Growth, mnubo
Dale Pistilli, VP of Sales & Marketing, August Home
Frank Ploumen, Head of Premises Product Management, Calix
Jim Poder, VP, Product Management Residential Systems, Nortek
Nigel Pugh, CEO, IMONT Technologies Limited
Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance
Shuvankar Roy, Vice President, Xfinity Home | Transformational Leader for Connected Home Strategy & Operations, Comcast
Cecilia Sevillano, Head of Smart Home Solutions, Swiss Re
Marcus Scheiber, CEO, ROC-Connect
Tom Stimac, Chief Innovation Officer, GE Lighting
Michele Turner, Sr. Director, Smart Home Ecosystem, Google Assistant/Home, Google
Russell Vail, Executive Vice President - Market Development, Alula
Anthony Versarge, Head of Product, Health and Wellness, Comcast
Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems
Mike Wajsgras, Director of Channel Development, Constellation
Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint Smart Home
Jeffrey Weiner, VP, Product, Marketing and Sales, Mersoft
Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe
Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech
Brett Worthington, VP Global Business Development & Partnerships, Samsung SmartThings


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.

Conference sponsors include Intel, F-Secure, Alarm.com, Rambus, ROC-Connect, Verisk, Zigbee Alliance, Rapid Response Monitoring, InstallerNet, Alula, American Two-Way, Assurant, Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, BASF, Calix, Cirrent, eyeSight, Flume, Gadgeon, Intamac, iQor, Johnson Controls, LUX Products, mnubo, Qolsys, Toshiba, Tri Cascade, Trusource Labs, TUV Rheinland, Whisker Labs, Z-Wave, HelloTech, LeakSentinel, Mivatek Smart Connect, Fing, HomeAdvisor, and Mersoft.

For 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' 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.