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April 16, 2019

36% of US broadband households own a smart speaker with voice assistant

CONNECTIONS  to address roles of service providers in providing comprehensive smart home solutions with special session sponsored by F-Secure

New data from Parks Associates shows in early 2019, 36% of US broadband households own at least one smart speaker with a voice assistant. The international research firm will explore new opportunities for service providers in the smart home space emerging from voice and other innovations at the 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 21-23, San Francisco, California.

“As more households adopt smart speakers, the percentage of households using these devices as a smart home hub, to control at least one smart home device, will also increase, and service and security providers can use voice assistants to offer new benefits to consumers,” said Denise Ernst, VP, Parks Associates. “Voice control is driving smart home integration through a simplified experience, and Vivint and Alarm.com are leading the industry by integrating their security systems with Amazon Echo. At CONNECTIONS™, we will explore the opportunities these IoT innovations create for service providers."

The session “Service Providers: Defining New Roles in the Smart Home,” sponsored by F-Secure, at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, examines the unique position of service providers in the smart home ecosystem and presents strategies to capitalize on consumers’ needs regarding connected devices in the home. Brad Russell, Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates, will moderate the session.


Sheila Hicks, VP/GM, Cox Homelife, Cox Communications

Todd Grantham, Chief Marketing Officer, Plume Design Inc.

Jochen Koedijk, Chief Marketing Officer, ADT 

Charlie Kindel, Senior Vice President, Products and Services, Control4, will deliver the keynote “The 5 Levels of Smart Home” at 4:15 p.m., followed by the special session “Partnerships: Key to Success in the Smart Home,” at 4:45 p.m. In this session, industry experts examine the current lines of successful partnerships, tips for brokering these relationships, and how innovations such as AI and advanced data analytics will reconfigure these equations. Ernst will moderate this session.


     Naveen Chhangani, Director of Product Management, Arlo

     Jeff Meredith, President & COO, Chamberlain Group

     Joe Roberts, EVP Marketing and Innovation, Nortek Security & Control  

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors include F-Secure, Alarm.com, Rapid Response Monitoring, Verisk, Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, Bitdefender, Cirrent, Firedome, Johnson Controls, Lutron, Mnubo, Oaks Labs, PassiveBolt, Schlage, Support.com, Trusource Labs, ULE Alliance, Universal Electronics, Wi-Charge, Control4, Flo Technologies, Zen Ecosystems, HP, HelloTech, and Inspire. 

For more information, visit www.connectionsus.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data, contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.


Parks Associates' 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 21-23, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting more than 650 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with two days of 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, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design. The event also features a research workshop highlighting Parks Associates’ smart home insight consumer data.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.