"smart home" articles

Last week, Samsung announced that it will add smart features to all of its home appliance products by 2020. With this announcement, the company is doubling down on its January 2015 projection that by 2020, all its products will be connected to internet. One of the Samsung’s most popular smart appliances, the Family Hub refrigerator , has been available to consumers since May 2016, and the company recently announced their intention to position that appliance as a control hub...
Daniel Herscovici, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Xfinity Home , Comcast's total home security and home automation solution, recently provided key insights into the smart home and home security markets:  Comcast Xfinity has grown from 500K subscribers in 2015 to more than 1 million in Q2 2017 – what attributes to such significant growth? We attribute the growth of Xfinity Home to many factors including product innovation, bundle value and unique...
Imagine a hot summer night in Phoenix, one of the hottest major cities in the United States. I’m visiting my grandmother’s home while on a break from college and sleeping on the pullout couch in her guest room. It’s 2 a.m., and I have awoken feeling quite warm and am unable to return to a peaceful slumber. That’s because my grandma has turned up the thermostat to 82 degrees. Her formative years were during the height of the Great Depression, and throughout the course of her life,...
Parks Associates will host the 12th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: IoT and the Connected Consumer , November 1-2, 2017 at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, featuring high-level speakers from the top European and international companies in the digital living ecosystem. Early confirmed keynotes include: Sudeep Maitra , Global VP, Strategy and Development,  Centrica Matthias Mieves , Head of New Business, Sales & Marketing Connected Home,  Deutsche...
Today is Amazon’s Prime Day (7/11). In the past week, noteworthy discounts on Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices has been top tech news. As of Q2/2017, Amazon’s smart speakers with the Alexa personal assistant have led smart speaker market with highest consumer adoptions (according to data from Parks Associates). During its WWDC17 keynote, Apple announced its participation in the playground with Apple HomePod, which will be ready to ship in December 2017, suggesting a coming change in...
 
by Tu Skuse | Jul. 10, 2017
Tags: Amazon, smart home, voice control
Consumers have been relatively quick to embrace voice-based applications, beginning and led by Apple’s Siri. Parks Associates research notes that at the end of 2016, 45% of U.S. smartphone owners reported using a voice-enabled personal assistant through an app or dedicated device. As devices continue to add listening capabilities, voice control will extend throughout the home and in other connected devices as an intrinsic, easy, and natural way to facilitate smart home...
The European smart home market is moving forward, but differences between Europe and the U.S. create unique challenges. In the U.S., adoption of professionally monitored security exceeds 20% of households. Overall, adoption of professional monitoring services in Europe is under 3% of households. In the U.S., the security channel is the leading channel for smart home services. Many telecoms have entered the security market because it has an established market with a proven approach...
Kian Saneii , Founder & CEO, Independa, provided insight on several key industry trends ahead of Parks Associates’ 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference , which was held May 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport: What does the industry need to do to speed up the slow growth of overall smart home adoption? The industry needs three things to speed up the growth of overall smart home adoption: Integration, Affordability, and Simplicity. ...

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