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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 addresses the evolution of the consumer utility market, the impact of COVID-19 on energy management programs, and new opportunities to drive engagement in utility-sponsored programs. Virtual panels and networking sessions, featuring executive-level experts from multiple industries, address strategies for utilities, service providers, retailers, software providers, and manufacturers to expand and monetize energy management and other energy-focused offerings through consumer engagement, new business models, unique partnerships, and innovative technologies.

Smart Energy Summit features an in-person conference February 13-15 at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, with virtual sessions on June 15, August 17, and November 9. 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 #SmartEnergy23. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit www.smartenergysmt.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 provides business intelligence and research services through its proprietary methodologies developed over decades, including quarterly surveys of 10,000 internet households.

The company's expertise crosses many industries: home security and smart home, streaming video, broadband and pay-TV services, digital media and platforms, gaming, Wi-Fi and home networks, connected health, support, consumer electronics, home control systems, energy management, and tech solutions for the multi-dwelling (MDU), small-to-medium business (SMB), and commercial building markets.

Each year, Parks Associates brings thousands of leaders together for its webinars and annual events. The firm hosts the annual executive research and strategy conferences CONNECTIONS™, Connected Health Summit, Smart Energy Summit, Smart Spaces, and Future of Video. https://www.parksassociates.com