67% of US broadband households own and use at least one internet-connected video device

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67% of US broadband households own and use at least one internet-connected video device | #TpromoCom #Parks #Broadband #Internet | Industry report examines device and technology platform strategies for large players Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, Roku, Samsung, and Sony

New research from Parks Associates finds 67% of US broadband households own and use at least one internet-connected video device, either a smart TV, streaming media player, internet-connected gaming console, or connected PVR/DVR. The firm’s Connected Entertainment Ecosystems: Competition & Cooperation notes that these devices get plenty of use but also have lengthening replacement cycles, which is driving manufacturers to explore new strategies, including software and service offerings, exclusive hardware-content bundles, and open ecosystems. The challenges and thin margins in the CE are also narrowing the field of competitors.

“The connected entertainment space is moving towards a smartphone model, in which a handful of platform players control the operating system, UX, and consumer access to services and features,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “These platform players stand to win big as consumers increasingly choose to sign up for their OTT service subscriptions through storefronts like Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, or Roku Channel Premium Subscriptions.”

Connected Entertainment Ecosystems: Competition & Cooperation profiles the product ecosystems and market strategies for Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, Roku, Samsung, and Sony. It analyzes benefits and drawbacks of closed versus open device and app ecosystems and offers insights on consumer expectations for their devices as content consumption shifts toward streaming service options.

“Major changes in content distribution and consumption are affecting the CE market, notably the rise of OTT services and decline in pay-TV subscriptions,” Hanich said. “The increasing fragmentation in the content services market means there’s no single path to reach consumers. These factors, along with the consumer demand to access their content when and where they are, are pushing the connected entertainment market slowly but steadily in favor of open ecosystems where consumers can access most, if not all, of the services they want on the device they want regardless of which platform they decide to use.”

The report notes that in 2019 alone, 6.4 million US consumers cut the cord on their traditional pay-TV service, transitioning to OTT streaming and/or broadcast television, both of which continue to rise in adoption and usage.

For information about the Connected Entertainment Ecosystems: Competition & Cooperation, contact sales@parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Rosey Ulpino at rosey@parksassociates.com, 972.996.0233.

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Utility Monitoring: A New and Exciting RMR Opportunity for Security Integrators and Alarm Dealers

Utility Monitoring offers a new source of RMR (image)The monitoring of intrusion alarm systems, closed circuit television, access control, fire alarms and other is a common way to create a bountiful and reliable supply of cash flow. Not only does it provide operating capital, but when it comes to retirement, when it’s time to sell the business, it will jack the going price by many times.

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Find out more about it by contacting me, Al Colombo, a 45-year veteran of the security industry. Fill out the form below and I’ll connect with you on a day and time when we can chat. If you want to chat by phone, be sure to leave your number in the comment window.

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Comcast and ADT keynote 24th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Comcast and ADT keynote 24th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Comcast and ADT keynote 24th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference | #TpromoCom #Parks #ADT #Comcaset | Nearly 60% of smart home device owners prefer to control their devices via an app on their smartphone 

Parks Associates today announced executives from Comcast and ADT will deliver keynotes at the firm’s 24th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco, California. They will join a lineup that includes ANGI Homeservices/Handy and Vivint Smart Home, addressing business models, new technologies, and partnerships impacting the growth of solutions for consumers at home.

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Noopur Davis, EVP, Chief Product and Information Security Officer, Comcast, and Bob Kupbens, President, Chief Strategy and Product Officer, ADT, will address ways to leverage connectivity in the home through partnerships, product integrations, and new solutions that create a valuable experience for consumers while also addressing data privacy and security. Oisin Hanrahan, Chief Product Officer, ANGI Homeservices; Co-founder & CEO, Handy, and Jim Nye, Chief Product Operations Officer, Vivint Smart Home, are also presenting keynotes at the executive conference.

Early sponsors include Alarm.com, Rapid Response Monitoring, Cirrent, Everise, Firedome, Intellithings, MMB Networks, PassiveBolt, Z-Wave, Zen Ecosystems, Aprilaire, Sprosty Network, Wi-Charge, Gadgeon, and Inspire.

Parks Associates’ research finds nearly 60% of smart home device owners prefer to control these devices via an app on their smartphone. Among these, 31% express a preference for an app that controls a single device, while 28% prefer an app that can control all smart home devices.

“Companies can extend the value of smart home solutions for consumers by extending benefits throughout the home,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “At CONNECTIONS™, we welcome industry leaders from all areas of the consumer technology ecosystems to discuss strategies to extend value to the consumer and build on today’s leading business models.”

Parks Associates notes that top players are pursuing the goal of enhancing consumer value and engagement through three different strategies.

“The three main strategies are custom smart home controller installation, a cooperative platform by a service provider, and DIY products such as voice-based platforms,” Parks said. “Companies like Control4, Josh.ai, and Savant provide a premium service with a custom smart home controller that can control virtually all devices through a single app. Service providers such as Alarm.com, Vivint, and Comcast are leveraging their existing platforms in the home. Finally, many manufacturers are deploying voice-based platforms, like the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, which are having an enormous impact on the ability to control and manage different devices in the home.”

For questions about speaking opportunities, please contact Mindi Sue Sternblitz-Rubenstein, speakers@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113. To request data or an interview, contact Elizabeth Parks, eparks@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113.

For more information, visit www.connectionsus.com.

ABOUT CONNECTIONS

Parks Associates’ 24th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 19-21, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco.

CONNECTIONS™ hosts more than 650 executives from the connected entertainment, security, smart home, health, and energy industries. CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology innovations, consumer research on adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design. The event also features a research workshop with a deep dive into Parks Associates’ consumer data and trends in the smart home markets.

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.

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Police and FBI: Credit Card Skimmers at ATM’s, Gas Pumps, and More

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Skimmers are becoming a huge problem for ATM’s, gas stations, and anywhere else where a credit card is used  in some manner. Below  you will find several news stories on the criminal use of skimmers for the purpose of gleaning credit card information followed by a short social media tweet that contains a link to a story on how you can spot a skimmer setup.

Credit-card skimmer found at local gas station | #TpromoCom #CreditCard #Skimmer #Police | Police say the skimmer was placed on fuel pump No. 4 at the Pruitt’s Shell on 1316 North State Highway 36 in Gatesville. Officials say a small circuit was placed on the card reader, saving numbers of any cars used at that fuel pump.

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Gas pump skimmer found in Cabot | #TpromoCom #Skimmer #CreditCard #Police | A victim reported purchasing gas from pump 3 on Monday and since then, he has been alerted by this card provider about several questionable charges on his account in Florida, according to the authorities.

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Blake Dowling: Navigating a minefield of new cyberthreats | #TpromoCom #CyberSecurity #Skimmer #CreditCard | And lest we forget … the skimming attacks taking place at gas stations all over the state. This week, I had an opportunity to sit down with Secretary of State Laurel Lee. We started the cybersecurity conversation with card skimming, leading into elections and how much the game has changed in the past 10 years.

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Consumer Alert: FBI warns of online threat posed by ‘e-skimmers’ | #TpromoCom #FBI #skimmer #CreditCard | E-skimmers are lines of computer code that hackers can insert into online shopping carts on websites. They’re akin to the physical skimmers that can be lurking inside ATMs or at gas pumps, ready to steal the financial information of unsuspecting users.

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How To Spot And Avoid Card Skimmers At The Gas Pump | #TpromoCom #creditcard #credit #scam | See how to spot credit card skimmers and learn simple steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim. Click Here!

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Update: Security and Fire Buy or Sell Forum on Facebook

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Traditional and mobile PERS revenue to be approximately $1.1 billion in the US by 2024

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Traditional and mobile PERS revenue to be approximately $1.1 billion in the US by 2024 | #TpromoCom #PERS #Trend | January 21, 2020 — New industry report highlights sensor-based solutions and emerging alternative devices with emergency response capabilities.

New research from Parks Associates estimates more than 5 million consumers in the US will own PERS devices by 2024. Enabling Independence: Connected Solutions for seniors and Caregivers forecasts traditional and mobile PERS revenue will reach $1.1 billion in the same year.

The report Enabling Independence: Connected Solutions for Seniors and Caregivers assesses the aging with independence market, with particular focus on the personal emergency response system (PERS) market. It profiles leading efforts from service providers and product manufacturers, examines business models and partnership requirements, and includes a five-year forecast of PERS and sensor-based independent living solutions for seniors at home.

“Traditional PERS and mobile PERS (mPERS) devices remain at the forefront, but home sensor-based systems are gaining prominence among device manufacturers and service providers,” said Lindsay Gafford, Research Analyst, Parks Associates. “Future PERS growth or decline will be largely dependent on adoption of alternative devices and home sensor-based systems.”

Alternative devices with emergency response capabilities—such as mobile phones, smart watches, smart speakers, and residential security systems—are competing with legacy PERS devices in the senior assistive technology market. Some industry players are taking advantage of the widespread penetration of these devices and finding ways to integrate more robust emergency response technology into the devices already in consumers’ homes, while others are utilizing these form factors to develop new PERS-specific solutions that appeal to a broader consumer base and encourage adoption.

“Industry players are all looking to encourage more proactive purchasing earlier in a senior’s life, before an emergency occurs,” Gafford said. “The vast majority of seniors want to stay in their own home for as long as possible, so companies can focus their messaging on senior empowerment, highlighting how the solution enables the ability to live independently at home for as long as possible, with stylistic designs that do not carry the stigma of first-generation solutions.”

Additional research findings:

Eighteen percent of US broadband households are ages 65+. This percentage equates to nearly 19 million households and is expected to nearly double by the year 2050.

Among seniors in US broadband households, 4% report owning a PERS device.

Twenty percent of US broadband households identify themselves as current or future caregivers of a senior. This equates to nearly 20 million households.

For more information about Enabling Independence: Connected Solutions for Seniors and Caregivers, contact sales@parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Elizabeth Parks at eparks@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0202.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company’s expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. www.parksassociates.com

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The Importance of a Technical Education in Security and Fire

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There are generally three levels of knowledge that security and fire field personnel  exhibit in the form of assumed titles:

  1. Wire Puller
  2. Installer
  3. Service Technician

Tech working on Network (image)From the time that someone enters the field knowing very little or nothing about this business, the aim of all concerned above them is to educate them in the intricacies of the post to which they were employed. For the Wire Puller, the Installer is striving to teach them which cable to pull for what device:

  • 4-conductor, 22 – 18 AWG cable for motions
  • 6-condctor, 18 AWG cable for card readers
  • 6-conductor, 18 AWG cable for zoned smoke detectors
  • Etc.

The Installers on each crew also strive to teach their more more promising Wire Pullers where and how to level and mount each device as well as how to install the main alarm control panel. And where  programming is done on site, the task eventually turns to the art of  programming all the intricate data into each location in programming.

testing a fire alarm panel (image)It’s usually the Operations Manager that makes the decision as to which Wire Puller to move from one level to the other in the hopes of one day giving that man or woman their own van and installation crew. This is necessary because the same Ops Mgr is working to move his/her installation foremen upwards into the position of a seasoned, knowledgeable Service Technician.

On a personal note, after decades of managing Wire Pullers, Installers, and Technicians, I have to say that the best Techs that I’ve  had, had some exposure to training in the electronics field. I, myself, became an Associate Electronics Engineer, trained for the manufacturing world early on. I was able to use that training to my advantage as an Installer and Service Technician right from the start as I worked in the field for 15 years before becoming a full-time trade journalist and later an Operations Manager.

working on a burglar alarm installation (image)One way to derive an education for  your technical staff without paying an arm and a leg is to use an educational portal called Alison (http://bit.ly/32Gn8I1). The wonderful thing about this opportunity is that it’s free as each student can monitor the course. If they pass it, that’s when you can invest in a Certificate of Education for that specific student.

The value to you, as a manager, as an owner, is that you can use that ultimate goal (your willingness to purchase the Certificate) as an incentive for them to study on their own time, their own dime. Those who do not pass a course will not receive a Certificate, but the  main benefit is that they walk away with some of what they studied, which can only help them on the job.

Use this handy link to enroll your first student: http://bit.ly/32Gn8I1

–Al Colombo

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Mercury Systems to Present at the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference

Mercury Systems (image)Mercury Systems to Present at the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference | #TpromoCom #Conference #Event #Security | ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced that it will participate in the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference to be held Nov. 5-7, 2019, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Management will present an overview of the Company’s business on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. CST.

The presentation will be webcast live and may be accessed from the investor section of Mercury’s website at http://ir.mrcy.com/events.cfm. A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

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Mercury Systems is a leading commercial provider of secure sensor and safety-critical processing subsystems. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury’s solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Andover, Mass., Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry’s current and emerging technology needs. To learn more, visit www.mrcy.com and follow us on Twitter.

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