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CONNECTIONS™ Europe features keynotes from Allianz, Amazon, Nest, Panasonic, and SmartThings

11th-annual conference to address IoT and smart home strategies

Parks Associates will host the 11th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Smart Home, IoT, and the Connected Consumer on 2-3 November 2016 at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam. The firm’s analysts will lead panel discussions on the impact of IoT, cloud services, and smart home technologies on the consumer. Confirmed keynotes for the conference include executives from Allianz Worldwide Partners, Amazon, Nest, Panasonic, and SmartThings.

“Smart home device penetration in Western Europe is roughly 15% of broadband households,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “In addition to safety and security applications, use cases in energy management and home monitoring, offered by residential security providers, energy utilities, retailers, and insurance providers, have helped drive smart home adoption in European countries. At CONNECTIONS™ Europe, global leaders Amazon, SmartThings, Nest, Allianz Worldwide Partners, and Panasonic will discuss new IoT solutions and their strategies to drive consumer adoption and monetization of these connected technologies.”

CONNECTIONS™ Europe is a two-day executive conference focused on innovative business strategies, new crossover industry partnerships, and advancements in Wi-Fi and broadband network technologies. The 2016 Keynote Speakers include:

  • David Bailey, Vice President, Marketing Communications, SmartThings
  • François Girodolle, Head of Product Partnerships, Nest Europe, Nest Labs, Inc.
  • David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo, Amazon
  • Dr. Steffen Krotsch, Director, Allianz Worldwide Partners
  • David Tuerk, General Manager, Smart Home & Telecom Europe, Panasonic

“Allianz Worldwide Partners and Panasonic’s first integrated product comprised of smart home technology and smart services is providing added value for our end users,” said David Tuerk, General Manager Smart Home & Telecom Europe, Panasonic.  “We are excited to participate in CONNECTIONS™ Europe and share our insights on this new offering.  The solution includes sensors to detect burglary, glass break or water leak, a 24/7 surveillance service that dispatches a security, craftsmen or locksmith service if needed to prevent further damage as well as a cash budget that covers the expenses.”

Parks Associates’ NUMBERS™ global forecasting service estimates adoption of smart light bulbs in Western European broadband households will reach 7% by 2018 and 12% by 2020. Annual revenues generated from smart light bulbs in Western Europe will reach nearly $132 billion in 2020, compared to $90 billion in 2015.

“Adoption of smart lighting devices and systems is growing, thanks in part to multiple channels available to consumers,” Sikes said. “These devices can be self-installed, standalone products, part of self-installed home control systems, or add-ons to professionally installed interactive security systems. Adding lighting devices to existing hubs and control services is an affordable and convenient entry point to the IoT for consumers.”

Confirmed speakers for CONNECTIONS™ Europe include:

  • Lewis Brown, President, MiOS
  • Seb Chakraborty, Director of Technology, Connected Homes, British Gas Connected Homes
  • Ashley Hathaway, Senior Developer Evangelist, IBM Watson
  • Simon Hunt, CTO Secure Home Gateways, Intel, Corp.
  • Mario Moura, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell
  • Patrick Strauss, Supply Chain Visibility & Internet of Things Subject Matter Expert, IBM UK
  • Andrew Thomas, Co-Founder & CRO, SkyBell

Parks Associates, a global market research firm specializing in the connected home, is currently accepting submissions for speakers for the event, which has early sponsorship support from Ayla Networks, Icontrol Networks, ROC-Connect, Z-Wave, and ZigBee.

For more information on CONNECTIONS™ Europe, visit http://www.connectionseurope.com or contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113. To schedule a meeting with an analyst or to request specific research data, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com, 720.987.6614.


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. http://www.connectionseurope.com

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