"home automation" articles

Parks Associates recently published the Top 10 Connected Consumer Trends to Watch in 2022 , where my colleagues and I weigh in on the top consumer technology trends we will see in 2022. One trend to look for is a move towards value-added services by ISP’s, due to hardware delays. Throughout 2020 and 2021, the US broadband market experienced a period of major growth with net additions at a historic multi-year high. Parks Associates estimates over 5.2M net residential...
Parks Associates recently announced The Peggy Smedley Show as a supporter of its events in 2022, including CONNECTIONS™ 2022. The Peggy Smedley Show is a weekly podcast with over 700 episodes, all hosted by award-winning journalist and widely recognized technology influencer, Peggy Smedley. On a recent episode of the podcast, Tech Disruption: Forever Changed , Smedley and Parks Associates President, Elizabeth Parks , discussed the new ways in which technology is disrupting...
 
Telehealth and telemedicine solutions have been thrust to the forefront of health care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to avoid exposure to the virus has challenged well-established consumer preferences for in-person visits over remote care. Radical shifts in the regulatory and reimbursement landscape have paved the way for rapid telehealth deployments, including the use of health devices. Parks Associates' latest consumer study of 5,000 broadband households provides trending data...
Throughout 2020, the United States’ broadband coverage gap was recognized as a major issue impacting Americans’ safety, quality of life, and ability to participate in work and schooling. According to Parks Associates estimates: ·       22% of US households, or roughly 27M households, lack a fixed home internet subscription; ·       10% of US households, or almost 13M households, are mobile-only –...
36% of broadband households have a home security system as of Q2 2021, and approximately two-thirds of security system owners have an interactive system according to Parks Associates latest research. There are at least two levels of interactivity. Basic interactivity enables a user to access and control the household security system and receive notifications as scheduled or requested.  These capabilities occur via smartphone, tablet, PC, and sometimes smart speaker. These...
            ISC West concluded this week featuring exciting, new product announcements in the security space. Leading brands such as Allegion, Clare Controls, Snap One, Alarm.com, and NAPCO unveiled upcoming additions to their various IoT-based solutions offerings. In a positive sign that trade show activity in the tech space is starting to show signs of life, ISC West reported that 10,000 people attended the show...
Authors: Jennifer Kent, Frank Saldana Apple announced several new additions to its smart home platform at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week. In addition to product updates to the Apple Watch and HomeKit, Apple also unveiled concrete plans to boost overall connected living capabilities. Siri will now be compatible with third-party smart home devices ­– previously, consumers could only use Siri on Apple Devices. Ecobee’s smart thermostat will be among the first...
Authors: Jennifer Kent, Avni Mithal It’s no secret that fragmentation plagues the smart home . Due to an incredibly diverse ecosystem of products, plus numerous competing communication protocols, seamless device-to-device interaction is difficult to achieve. For instance, 40% of smart home device owners who have had technical problems with a smart home device report having difficulty getting the device to interact with other devices in their home. Device-to-device integration...

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