Wi-Fi for IoT: How Home Networking is Changing the Smart Home

Cirrent - 2017 Wi-Fi Webcast - Parks Associates

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 11 AM PT / 1 PM CT / 2 PM ET

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Co-hosted by Cirrent and Parks Associates

In this webcast, Rob Conant, CEO of Cirrent; Scott Boyarsky, Vice President, Digital Home Products, Comcast; and Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst at Parks Associates, address current consumer trends with Wi-Fi use, short-term and long-term changes occurring in home Wi-Fi, and how IoT players can leverage Wi-Fi to their advantage.

Currently, over 75% of U.S. broadband households use Wi-Fi for connectivity in the home. Wi-Fi has become ubiquitous in consumers’ lives, and its usage continues to rise. As a result, the vast majority of consumer solutions interact with Wi-Fi solutions on some level, which puts pressure on companies active in the IoT to optimize their solution for a Wi-Fi environment.

As whole-home Wi-Fi mesh solutions roll out, people are managing their networks through their devices, and network operators are playing a bigger role in deploying and promoting Wi-Fi both in and outside the home. As consumers and their devices move through different Wi-Fi networks, IoT solutions need to maintain the quality of service while ensuring user security and privacy.

Companies building home entertainment, smart home, and IoT products can address these near-term challenges like ease of use and security now, which will also position them to take advantage of increasing Wi-Fi coverage, enhanced network security, and improved interoperability.

Key Takeaways:

• Consumer Wi-Fi trends
• Network considerations for smart home products
• How products will be managed on the network
• Connected home products likely to reach mass adoption level first
• Impact on the home network and the future of connectivity in the home

Speakers share strategies for product companies to get near-term benefits and long-term alignment:

Scott Boyarsky, Vice President, Digital Home Products (IOT, WiFi, Automation, AI, Broadband, HSD, Home Security), Comcast

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


Scott Boyarsky, Vice President, Digital Home Products (IOT, WiFi, Automation, AI, Broadband, HSD, Home Security), Comcast

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After successfully leading the Video and Entertainment Product teams, Scott Boyarsky assumed a new role as the head of product for the combined Digital Home team at Comcast. Scott is responsible for end-to end product management of the Xfinity Home and High Speed Data product lines: market research, strategy, and roadmap management. (IOT, WiFi, Automation, AI, Broadband, HSD, Home Security)

Formerly, Scott Boyarsky served as Vice President of Video and Entertainment Products at Comcast and was responsible for innovative and interactive experiences across Comcast’s video and entertainment portfolio, including the Xfinity X1 Platform, XfinityTV, voice UX, and X1 Sports App.

Prior to his current role, Scott served as SVP of Technology for CNBC, part of Comcast NBC Universal. He was responsible for leading Technology, Product Development, User Experience and Design teams behind CNBC Digital and on-air products, including, CNBC iOS and Android apps, CNBC Pro - integrated desktop/mobile service, TV Everywhere, digital video and syndication services, as well as identifying new emerging platforms and product opportunities for the network.

Before joining Comcast/NBC, Boyarsky oversaw Technology at Turner Broadcasting, where he was responsible for driving technology strategy and product implementation for CNN, CNNMoney, CNN International, HLN, NCAA, March Madness Live, and Sports Illustrated.

Prior to Turner, Scott served as Director of Technology and Product Development with The Walt Disney Company. Boyarsky also played a leadership role in developing digital products for ABC News.

An early adopter of emerging technologies, Scott is looked upon for strategic product and technical development of new digital initiatives. With his strong business and technology acumen, he has helped navigate the complex landscape of disruptive technologies to provide guidance to Fortune 50 technology, media, publishing, education, healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations.

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Rob Conant - Cirrent - Wi-Fi Webcast

Rob Conant, the CEO of Cirrent, has a long history in the Internet of Things and connected products. Rob was a pioneer in the Internet of Things as a co-founder of Dust Networks in 2002 where he ran sales and marketing and set the product direction as the company enabled a new market for wireless connected products in the industrial market. After Dust, Rob joined Trilliant to bring the benefit of connected products to the energy industry, where he delivered smart meters and energy management to millions of customers across the US, Europe, and Asia. Rob first ran the engineering team to ensure the company had market-leading products, then took the position of Chief Marketing Officer to drive the company’s growth. Rob’s deep technical background and business orientation gives him a unique perspective on the interactions between business models, technology, and consumers. Rob has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Patrice Samuels - Parks Associates

Patrice Samuels studies digital home technical support services across global markets, with a focus on market trends, business models, and provider strategies. In addition to exploring events and disruptions in the technical support space, she examines pay-TV and broadband services in North America and Europe, digital media, and digital music services.

Patrice earned her MBA from Texas A&M University at College Station and BSc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Television Services, Broadband Services, Technical Support Services, International Markets, Digital Music

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