Monday, May 21, 2012

MEDIA ALERT: Parks Associates addresses Interoperability in Connected Devices at ConnectivityWeek 2012

Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, explores the challenges and benefits in building the connected home ecosystem

Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates, will moderate a key session this week at ConnectivityWeek tackling the challenges of building device interoperability in home area networks. The session “HAN Infrastructure, Wired & Wireless,” Tuesday, May 22, in Santa Clara, California, will address the role of standards such as SEP 2.0 and the transition to IP, in particular the factors accelerating this transition and its impact on consumers.

Parks Associates forecasts by 2020, 18-20 million U.S. households will have an IP-connected home management service bundle, which could include home security, energy management, and home monitoring.

Panelists will discuss key developments in the connected home over the next two years, the evolution of the gateway as a key element of the home area network, and the impact of the cloud on interoperability.

Panelists:
Rob Ranck, President, HomePlug® Powerline Alliance
Tobin Richardson, Director, Smart Energy, ZigBee Alliance
Kenneth Wacks, President, Home & Utility Systems
Mark Walters, Chairman, Z-Wave Alliance

ConnectivityWeek is a content-rich conference that explores the myriad of ways information and communication technology (ICT) can be applied to manage energy and deliver efficiency on the grid and beyond the grid.

What: “HAN Infrastructure, Wired & Wireless”
Executives discuss the thorny issue of interoperability, including the impact of SEP 2.0, OpenADR, and other standards efforts designed to accelerate device deployment. Manufacturers are adding connectivity to their products to provide differentiated services, extend their relationship with the consumer, and create value. As the variety of connected devices grows, the need for interoperability between devices is apparent.

Featuring Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

When: Tuesday, May 22, 1:15 p.m.

Where: Santa Clara Convention Center, ROOM #203
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Press Registration/Information: Please contact Allison Eckelkamp to request a press pass: allison@clasma.com.

Interview: To request an interview or additional information, contact Holly Sprague, hsprague@gmail.com, 720-987-6614

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company's expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. http://www.parksassociates.com

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