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March 28, 2019

CONNECTIONS™ to address strategies to deliver superior user experiences with Alarm.com keynote and session featuring Google, IFTTT, Inspire, Resideo and Samsung

Parks Associates research shows 31% of US broadband households own a smart speaker with voice assistant and more than one-fourth of these owners use the devices to control a smart home device through voice commands. The international research firm will explore innovations to improve the smart home user experience at its 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference, May 21-23, San Francisco, California, with a keynote from Alarm.com and a Smart Home Platforms session featuring executives from Google, Resideo, Inspire, Samsung, and IFTTT.

Smart Speaker with Voice Assistant Activities | Parks Associates

“Competing protocols and confusing controls continue to inhibit smart home adoption, as end users fear and ultimately avoid complexity,” said Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates. “A growing number of consumers have a high number of connected devices, so innovations such as voice control, which promise to simplify the user experience, receive considerable interest. At CONNECTIONS™, we will explore strategies and innovations that expand the smart home ecosystem and its use cases.”

Russell will moderate the session “Smart Home Platforms: Building Service Revenues” at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22. This panel addresses how companies in the smart home space can leverage platforms to provide a reliable, interoperable ecosystem with a simplified user experience, delivering expanded value through enhanced features, cloud intelligence, and security to protect user data and privacy.


  • Alice DeBiasio, VP, GM, Pro Security Products, Resideo
  • Wannie Park, VP of Corporate Development,Inspire
  • Mark Spates, Product Lead, Google
  • Kellen Xu, Director, Global Business Development, Samsung SmartThings
  • Linden Tibbets, Chief Design Officer, IFTTT

"IoT is expected to deliver $350 billion in economic value within the residential market, driven by automation and seamless interoperability of everyday devices," said Wannie Park, VP of Corporate Development at Inspire. "This represents a massive opportunity to shift from retail energy to energy-as-a-service in the smart home. I’m looking forward to sharing more about the trends driving this shift, and the role energy management will play.”

Following that session is the morning keynote from Anne Ferguson, Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com.

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors include F-Secure, Alarm.com, Rapid Response Monitoring, Verisk, Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, Bitdefender, Cirrent, Johnson Controls, Lutron, Mnubo, Oak Labs, PassiveBolt, Schlage, Support.com, Trusource Labs, ULE Alliance, Universal Electronics, Control4, Zen Ecosystems, HP, HelloTech, and Inspire.

For more information, visit www.connectionsus.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data, contact Elizabeth Parks at eparks@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0202.


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.