Monday, November 18, 2013

Industry leaders converged at CONNECTIONS™ Europe to discuss critical issues for growth in entertainment and smart home services for European consumers

Currently 10-12% of broadband households in the U.K. and France own a home control solution where they can control a device such as a thermostat or security camera via a smartphone or PC

Parks Associates hosted over 140 executives at CONNECTIONS™ Europe, a two-day technology conference, November 12-13 in Amsterdam, that included representatives from all areas of the connected home, including  video, tech support, and home management services. Executives from iControl Networks,  Securitas Direct – Verisure, and Orange delivered the keynote presentations on TV services, cloud-based services, and smart home solutions.

"Many of the discussions at CONNECTIONS™ Europe focused on identifying the value propositions for connected-home offerings that resonate with consumers," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. “In his keynote, Paul Dawes of iControl Networks noted that convenience, energy savings, and peace-of-mind will drive growth of the EU home controls market. Dick Seger of Securitas Direct - Verisure added that home controls have greater appeal in bundles, where the value proposition can be tailored to the end user, as opposed to one-off solutions."

"There was immense interest in TV Everywhere/multiscreen solutions among the attendees at CONNECTIONS™ Europe this year," said Brett Sappington, director, research, Parks Associates. " We discussed the keys to multiscreen success in the European markets, which include breaking down the operator silos, resolving rights management issues, and forging partnerships between operators and OEMs and between operators and OTT providers. Multiscreen must be an operator priority if they are to succeed in the new connected-home marketplace. Each Western European home will have on average 1.5 intelligent screens by 2018, with consumers buying 281 million of these devices that year."

Sponsors for the eighth-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Monetization Strategies for the Connected Home were iControl Networks, Amdocs, AT&T, iYogi, PlanetEcosystems, SAFEVIEW, Securitas Direct - Verisure, Sigma Designs, SmartOTT, Sutherland Global Services, AlertMe, Intamac, Linear, Cisco, and INSTEON.

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Produced by Parks Associates, the 13th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe is a two-day executive conference focused on the impact of IoT on the consumer. The event explores innovative business strategies, new crossover industry partnerships, and advancements in IoT (Internet of Things) solutions that are creating more consumer engagement and business opportunities for smart home, cloud services, and connected entertainment solutions. Parks Associates industry analysts moderate all sessions, with discussion, insights, and networking with leading executives representing all IoT ecosystems. 

CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Strategies for the Smart Home and Consumer IoT will take place 13-14 November 2018 in Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel in Amsterdam.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates 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 webcasts, 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.

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