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Thursday, January 08, 2015

CES Sells Consumers on the Effortlessly Automated Smart Home

The rush to get connected devices to market, and into ecosystems that matter, is just heating up in 2015. CES is the kickoff point, but the space will only grow more convoluted and busier throughout the year. Parks Associates estimates that the sale of smart home devices will nearly double over the next few years, increasing from 20 million at the end of last year to 36 million units by 2017.

By the time next year's CES rolls around, we will likely see more energy-specific p more

Thursday, November 06, 2014

What Is a Smart Home? Most People Don’t Know

Two-thirds of U.S. consumers with broadband are not very familiar with smart home services or products or where to buy them, according to a new survey.

That will likely change quickly in coming years, according to the white paper from Consumer Electronics Association and Parks Associates. But for now, it’s not just an open market, but also a nebulous one.

Consumers tossed around names such as ADT, AT&T, Apple and Nest when asked to identify smart home manufacturers, but more

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Honeywell’s New Smart Thermostat Goes Back to Its Round Design Roots

However, the dealer market is still responsible for more than half of all sales in the U.S., according to Tom Kerber, director of research at Parks Associates. He said that in the premium tier of the dealer market, smart thermostats make up about 10 percent to 20 percent of the market, so there is still significant space for penetration in that sector, and also in the mid-tier market. Nest is not a major player in the dealer market, according to Parks Associates' research.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Smart Energy Summit to focus on in-home energy management and control solutions

International research firm Parks Associates today announced the preliminary agenda and current speakers, sponsors, and advisory board for the Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer. This conference, hosted in cooperation with Austin Energy on January 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Tex., focuses on opportunities in residential energy management and the challenges of bringing Smart Grid technologies to U.S. households.

Sessions include the latest consumer research more

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Smart Energy Summit Addresses Emerging Market for In-Home Energy Management Devices and Services

International research firm Parks Associates today announced plans to host the inaugural Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, in cooperation with Austin Energy, on January 25-27, 2010. The event will feature expert speakers and analysts discussing the latest developments in residential energy management (REM) and the successful strategies capable of engaging consumers in new programs for energy conservation and cost savings.

The event, taking place at the Hyatt Regenc more

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Southern company Seeks $326M in Smart Grid Stimulus

Southern Co.'s smart meter deployments as of May include its subsidiaries Georgia Power, which has deployed 750,000 meters out of a planned 2.16 million, and Alabama Power with 448,000 meters deployed out of a planned 1.2 million meters, according to research firm Parks Associates (see 8.3M Smart Meters and Counting in U.S.).

From the article, "Southern company Seeks $326M in Smart Grid Stimulus" by Jeff St. John

Monday, July 20, 2009

DOE Hands Out $47M for Smart Grid Demos

Most of the announced applications are seeking funding for extending utilities' ongoing smart meter deployments. Electric and gas meters that can send and receive data and control commands from utilities are being deployed by the tens of millions around the world, about 8.3 million in the United States as of May, according to a recent report from Parks Associates

From the article, "DOE Hands Out $47M for Smart Grid Demos" by Jeff St. John

Friday, July 17, 2009

8.3M Smart Meters and Counting in U.S.

Research firm Parks Associates says 8.3 million smart electric meters have been installed at U.S. residences to date – a little more than 6 percent of the total, up from about 4.7 at the end of last year.

That's according to a new report from research firm Parks Associates released this week, which counted up smart meter penetration across a range of U.S. utilities.

But the real growth is set to come in the next few years, as large-scale smart meter deployments by the co more

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