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12 DEC 2013

Nearly 60% of U.S. broadband households report interest in smart home solutions

Comcast, Nest, and ecobee to keynote Smart Energy Summit

Parks Associates today announced executives from Comcast, Nest, and ecobee will deliver keynotes at Smart Energy Summit to discuss the role of smart devices in enhancing energy management and smart systems. The fifth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer will be held February 17-19, 2014, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. The event addresses consumer interest in smart home solutions and connected devices, innovative demand response programs, and new partnerships and revenue opportunities.

“Nearly 60% of U.S. broadband households have some level of interest in safety, security, and convenience benefits enabled by security and smart home products, which is more than double the size of the current market,” said Tricia Parks, CEO, Parks Associates. “Smart Energy Summit addresses the opportunities and strategies to leverage this demand into successful deployments and partnerships.”

Keynote presentations will address the impact of connected appliances and thermostats on energy management solutions:

Erik Charlton, VP of Business, Nest, will present the luncheon keynote on February 18, 12:15 p.m.

Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee, will present the morning keynote on February 19, 9:45 a.m.

Bill Horrocks, VP, Product Management - Xfinity Home, Comcast, will present the luncheon keynote on February 19, 12:15 p.m.

The event features early sponsorship support from Speed Wire, Alarm.com, ecobee, Earth Networks – WeatherBug, Lowe's, People Power, Percepscion, PlanetEcosystems, Qualcomm, Schneider Electric, and Technicolor.  The Smart Energy Summit 2014 Advisory Board features executives from the following:


Candi Controls

eMeter, A Siemens Business

Gridwise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy

iControl Networks

Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions

Duke Energy



San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)

Schneider Electric

Southern California Edison (SCE)



VIA International

Parks Associates will also address energy management and home controls solutions during the session "Home Monitoring and Control: Attracting New Subscribers" at CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES in Las Vegas on January 7, 2014. This session, featuring executives from Amdocs, AT&T Digital Life, Alarm.com, iControl Networks, Lowe's, and Technicolor, examines the business issues that confront service providers and how those issues will impact home control platforms.

Information about Smart Energy Summit is available at www.ses2014.com.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the changing role of utilities and energy providers in the IoT era and offers research and insights on new opportunities to empower consumers with smart solutions to manage and save energy in the home. The conference addresses key questions for energy providers around leadership and alignment of goals between residential energy management solutions and the grid and presents strategies to expand business and revenue goals by incorporating smart products into energy programs.

Smart Energy Summit focuses on identifying opportunities across converging ecosystems to create new value in energy solutions through partnerships that leverage connected devices, energy management, utility services, and home control platforms and services. Research analysts, thought leaders, and industry executives present and discuss business strategies, case studies, partnership opportunities, and consumer research that utilities, service providers, retailers, and manufacturers can use to expand and monetize their energy offerings.

The eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 17-19, 2020, at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown in Austin, Texas. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy20. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit www.ses2020.com.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-founded and certified business, is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webinars, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.