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April 16, 2019

36% of US broadband households own a smart speaker with voice assistant

CONNECTIONS  to address roles of service providers in providing comprehensive smart home solutions with special session sponsored by F-Secure

New data from Parks Associates shows in early 2019, 36% of US broadband households own at least one smart speaker with a voice assistant. The international research firm will explore new opportunities for service providers in the smart home space emerging from voice and other innovations at the 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 21-23, San Francisco, California.

“As more households adopt smart speakers, the percentage of households using these devices as a smart home hub, to control at least one smart home device, will also increase, and service and security providers can use voice assistants to offer new benefits to consumers,” said Denise Ernst, VP, Parks Associates. “Voice control is driving smart home integration through a simplified experience, and Vivint and Alarm.com are leading the industry by integrating their security systems with Amazon Echo. At CONNECTIONS™, we will explore the opportunities these IoT innovations create for service providers."

The session “Service Providers: Defining New Roles in the Smart Home,” sponsored by F-Secure, at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, examines the unique position of service providers in the smart home ecosystem and presents strategies to capitalize on consumers’ needs regarding connected devices in the home. Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates, will moderate the session.


Sheila Hicks, VP/GM, Cox Homelife, Cox Communications

Todd Grantham, Chief Marketing Officer, Plume Design Inc.

Jochen Koedijk, Chief Marketing Officer, ADT 

Charlie Kindel, Senior Vice President, Products and Services, Control4, will deliver the keynote “The 5 Levels of Smart Home” at 4:15 p.m., followed by the special session “Partnerships: Key to Success in the Smart Home,” at 4:45 p.m. In this session, industry experts examine the current lines of successful partnerships, tips for brokering these relationships, and how innovations such as AI and advanced data analytics will reconfigure these equations. Ernst will moderate this session.


     Naveen Chhangani, Director of Product Management, Arlo

     Jeff Meredith, President & COO, Chamberlain Group

     Joe Roberts, EVP Marketing and Innovation, Nortek Security & Control  

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors include F-Secure, Alarm.com, Rapid Response Monitoring, Verisk, Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, Bitdefender, Cirrent, Firedome, Johnson Controls, Lutron, Mnubo, Oaks Labs, PassiveBolt, Schlage, Support.com, Trusource Labs, ULE Alliance, Universal Electronics, Wi-Charge, Control4, Flo Technologies, 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 Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@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.