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Monday, August 13, 2018

Sleep Trackers Offer Money Making Opportunity

According to sleep research from Parks Associates, nearly 29 million U.S. broadband households currently own a product that helps them track their sleep quality, representing less than half of the nearly 60 million consumers who report having at least one sleep problem.

Sleep & IoT: Behaviors, Awareness, and Opportunities reveals 51% of U.S. broadband households are interested in buying a sleep tech device. It may be time to add sleep tracking devices to your product portfol ...read more

Thursday, July 26, 2018

How Home Automation Can Provide a Good Night’s Sleep

A hot topic in health today is the importance of getting a good night's sleep. According to research by Parks Associates 25% of consumers are very concerned about a lack of quality sleep. This is not an unfounded concern as medical research has shown that adequate sleep has been linked to:

  • Improved Memory
     
  • Creativity
     
  • Improved Attention in Children
     
  • Reduced Stress
     
  • And More

From the article "How Home Automation Can Provide a ...read more

Friday, June 01, 2018

10 Best IoT Insights and Smart-Home Quotes from Connections 2018

A short woman trips on the way to the podium of the first panel discussion at Connections 2018, produced by smart-home research firm Parks Associates. She snipes, "And I'm a morning person." You know it's going to be a lively affair.

That lady, Lisa Fetterman, founder and CEO of the sous-vide sensation Nomiku, would end up stealing the show with her snappy comments, endearing sales pitches ("Try it for just $49 with this special code* ...") and superb insights about data fro ...read more

Friday, May 18, 2018

What Happens When Amazon Acquires a ‘Real’ Security Company Like Vivint, Guardian or Brink’s?

Professional security dealers report 36% of their alarm systems include networked cameras, according to smart-home research firm Parks Associates.

The pros even manage to attach smart thermostats to 16% of their security jobs. It would be surprising if Amazon.com had this kind of success with attachment sales.

Amazon's new "security packages" entail two customer visits—one for the initial in-home visit to "identify your needs and learn more about what you want," and the ...read more

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Recent IoT Research Says Broadband Households Care More About Cybersecurity Than Ever Before

Simply installing security systems in smarthomes is no longer enough, and security integrators may want to consider bolstering cybersecurity measures when installing residential systems.

This swift change in tone is due largely to a recently released whitepaper from IoT research firm Parks Associates, titled "Residential Security and Encryption: Setting the Standard, Protecting Consumers." The whitepaper revealed that 64% of U.S. broadband households are concerned about secu ...read more

Friday, March 23, 2018

New RMR Opportunity: Smart Thermostat Service?

Are smart thermostats the next subsidized security business model? Yes, according to new data from Parks Associates, which reports more than 50 percent of U.S. broadband households would be willing to pay $5 per month for a smart thermostat service that includes setup, installation, and repair/upgrades.

Parks tested multiple hardware-as-a-service scenarios in its 360 View: Energy Management, Smart Home, & Energy Providers report, and found that while consumers are generally ...read more

Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 Market Report: Security and the Smart Home Installation Channel

More than 60% of installing dealers now report that DIY systems are biting into demand for their services, according to the fifth annual Residential Security Market Report (2018) from the research firm Parks Associates and CE Pro sister publication Security Sales & Integration. The survey reflects business conditions for the 2017 calendar year.

Despite the encroachment by DIY, though, residential security dealers are still doing well, especially given all the doomsday predic ...read more

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

IoT Cybersecurity, ‘Cascading’ Failures, Worry Consumers Most About Connected Home

Data and privacy fears rank second among consumer smart home concerns. More than half of U.S. adults (58%) fear lack of privacy from device manufacturers who have access to data, real-time conversations, voice patterns and search history. These security concerns are a potential barrier for mass consumer connected home adoption.

“Consumer concerns about data privacy and security, including both the unauthorized hacking of devices and theft of device data, consistently rank as ...read more

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