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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CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Strategies for Security and Smart Home will be a virtual conference taking place 10-12 November 2020, as part of the CONNECTIONS™ Community. This virtual conference and networking experience will host multiple webinars leading up to the November event, with analyst insights, interactive panels, roundtable discussions, and special networking, taking place July 15, July 29, Aug 19, Sept 16, Oct 7, and Oct 28.

Produced by Parks Associates, the 14th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe is an executive conference focused on innovative business models, industry partnerships, and technology advancements for smart home solutions, cloud services, and value-added services, including energy management and connected health services.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe combines networking opportunities with visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations for strategic partnerships and monetization opportunities.

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.

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