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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

TechTalk: How Google Nest is Getting Integrators Involved in ‘Connected Home’ Sales

During its CEDIA Expo TechTalk, Google Nest mentioned one key statistic that set the tone for the rest of the presentation: According to Parks Associates, 43% of US broadband households intend to purchase a smart home device in 2019.

And yet, homeowners are looking for more than gadgets. Instead, they are seeking a helpful home, with products that work seamlessly together without added fuss or installation headaches. This is where integrators come in.

Instead of focusing ...read more

Thursday, March 14, 2019

16% of US Households Plan to Buy Standalone Smart Security Products

According to a recent Parks Associates report 360 Deep Dive: Pricing Strategies for Residential Security,16 percent of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a security-related smart home product, such as video doorbells, cameras, or door locks, in the next 12 months.

Eight percent of U.S. broadband households plan to buy professionally monitored service, while the remaining intenders are planning to buy security systems with self-monitoring or ad-hoc monitoring.

“These s ...read more

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Study: Unresolved Technical Problems with Smart Home Devices Rise 240% in 3 Years

In a solid sign that professional installation for the smart home is valuable, a new study from Parks Associates shows 12 percent of smart home device owners in U.S. broadband households report technical problems going unresolved in 2018.

From the article "Study: Unresolved Technical Problems with Smart Home Devices Rise 240% in 3 Years" by Jason Knott.

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

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