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Monday, January 08, 2018

IoT and 5G: New Revenues, Use Cases, Value-added Services

Among the U.S. broadband households that participated in a Parks Associates survey, 6-9 percent reported ownership of a wearable camera in 1Q 2017, and 9 percent were likely to purchase a wearable camera in the 2017 holiday season.

From the article "IoT and 5G: New Revenues, Use Cases, Value-added Services" by Kristen Hanich.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Evolution of the 4th Utility: Fixed Broadband

In-home broadband has become "the fourth utility" in United States households, many of which have multiple connected devices and viewing screens. More than 85 percent of U.S. homes have broadband service, according to Parks Associates, 93 percent of those have DSL, fiber or cable high-speed, fixed-line Internet services.

The demand for high-speed fixed broadband is a key contributor to ongoing revenue and profitability for operators, particularly due to declines in pay-TV an ...read more

Monday, March 27, 2017

Competition and Regulation Threaten Sharing Economy Markets

Eighty-three percent of U.S. broadband households, or more than 250 million consumers, own and use a smartphone. A recent beneficiary to this mass adoption has been the sharing economy phenomenon, which includes sharing apps such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. These business models are augmented by real-time data including location, instant gratification, on-demand pricing, and easy payment options.

Their ease and convenience -- built on the intelligence of social, location, and ...read more

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cloud Platforms and the Connected-Device Value Chain

Internet of Things cloud platforms offer device makers and companies the opportunity to greatly expand the value of products and services. These devices are reshaping the value chain by altering product design and development, manufacturing, marketing, supply chain management and service after the sale. They also generate new support activities, such as product data analytics and security.

From the article "Cloud Platforms and the Connected-Device Value Chain" by Brad Russel ...read more

Monday, March 07, 2016

The Technological Evolution Of US Healthcare

Parks Associates believes that new health reforms from the GOP would incorporate many elements of Obamacare, but the political mess could delay implementation of new care models and disrupt the pace of population health management programs' technology adoption, including that for wearables.

From the article "The Technological Evolution Of US Healthcare" by by Harry Wang.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

PCs May Not Be Ready for VR's Breakout Year

"It's a bit of a cumbersome experience," said Glenn Hower, an analyst with Parks Associates.

"It's cool and there's a novelty aspect to it, but right now it's a tough sell for the mainstream markets," he told the E-Commerce Times.

"There's still some work to do with user experience," Hower added. "2016 may see some more significant implementations, but I'm hesitant to say it will make the jump from novelty to mainstream."

From the article "PCs May Not Be Ready for VR ...read more

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Smart Homes Meet Connected Cars: X Marks the Spot

Several factors have contributed to the sudden expansion of connected car services available or coming to the market, most notably the expansion of mobile broadband networks, high penetration of smartphones in the consumer market, and auto manufacturers' re-evaluation of connected services as a competitive advantage and means to generate new revenues.

While the connected car and smart home ecosystems haven't yet entered the mainstream, neither is in its infancy. Crossover be ...read more

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Trust and Value Will Bring IoT Home

The connected car and smart home markets are both at an early stage of development, but in many ways they have been growing in parallel. Both markets are enabled by the falling costs of sensors, networking technologies and data, as well as by expanded cloud services, the mass penetration of smartphones, and consumer demand for the connected lifestyle.

In 2015, these ecosystems are beginning to converge, with use cases such as remote home controls, entertainment on the go, an ...read more

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