Smoke alarm provided by Henrico Fire alerts occupants of house to fire

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Smoke alarm provided by Henrico #Fire alerts occupants of house to fire | #TpromoCom #SmokeAlarm #LifeSafety | At about 4:16 p.m. that day, the alarm notified residents at the home, in the 1700 block of Oak Hill Lane near Mechanicsville Turnpike, of the fire. Someone called 911 and said that the home was filling with smoke.

Firefighters arrived shortly thereafter and found smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story single-family home. To read the rest of this article, click here.

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60% of newly acquired security systems are self-installed

60% of newly acquired security systems are self-installed | #TpromoCom #DIY #Security | DIY Home Security Tracker finds DIY security solutions claim the majority of new security households 

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New research from Parks Associates finds that DIY security systems are taking a larger share of the residential security market due to their growing popularity among security households. The research firm’s DIY Home Security Tracker notes that among consumers who acquired their security system less than two years ago, 60% are self-installed, compared to only 7% of systems purchased more than six years ago.

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“Most DIY households use professional monitoring services, but currently 63% of these DIY systems have had their monitoring subscription for less than two years,” said Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Most DIY security owners are also self-installing add-on smart home devices, so companies are expanding their product lines to meet consumer demand, including Abode, Array by Hampton, and Blue by ADT. This demand for an easy-to-install, integrated solution is becoming more prevalent in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem, with more DIY security systems and camera-related devices releasing product lines compatible with this ecosystem.”

The traditional residential security channel is dominated by professionally installed, professionally monitored systems, but smart home device manufacturers are increasingly extending into the security space. Currently 33% of US broadband households own a security system, an 18% increase from 28% in 2018.

DIY Home Security Tracker assesses the impact of DIY security solutions to expand the market and the potential cannibalization of existing security channels. It also gives an analysis of industry trends, market strategies of key players, and competitive analysis on leading products in all key product categories. The research outlines returns, satisfaction with DIY systems versus traditional systems and the customer buyer journey.

For information about the DIY Home Security Tracker, 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.

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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Alarm.com and KPN Ventures keynote 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe

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Alarm.com and KPN Ventures keynote 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe | #TpromoCom #Parks #Event #SmartHome | Research firm announces topics focused on smart home solutions, security monitoring and DIY solutions, data and consumer privacy, and AI and voice innovations http://bit.ly/2x7KT1H

4 March 2020
Parks Associates today announced the topics and first confirmed keynote speakers for the 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Strategies for Security and Smart Home, 10-11 November at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. KPN Ventures and Alarm.com will keynote the event, providing insight into the growing opportunities and challenges in the smart home, security, and controls market.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe hosts executives from the top European and international companies in the connected home ecosystems, focusing on new business models, distribution channels, industry partnerships, and technology advancements for smart home solutions, cloud services, and value-added services. Alarm.com is an early sponsor of the event.

“Video and interactive services have boosted ARPU for monitored security services in Europe to nearly 6%, even though the growth rate of subscribers is much slower,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “Smart home products, innovations in DIY and cloud services, and developments in AI are creating new service opportunities, and new sources of revenue, for traditional players and new entrants in the connected home space. We are excited to have Alarm.com back on stage and welcome KPN Ventures to keynote this year’s conference.”

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Samir Ahmad, Investment Manager, KPN Ventures
Anne Ferguson, VP, Marketing, Alarm.com

Event Topics

  • Marketing and Business Models
  • Smart Home Solutions: Channel Expansion
  • Business Models: A Service Driven Market
  • Independent Living: Serving Seniors and Chronically Ill
  • Monitoring: Expanding Beyond Security
  • Voice and User Interfaces: Integration and Control
  • Data Sharing: Trust-Based Models and Best Practices

Technology and Market Growth

  • AI and the Connected Home: Proactive and Predictive Intelligence
  • DIY and DIFM: Impact on Smart Home and Security
  • Interoperability: Expanding the Smart Home
  • Home Network and Wi-Fi: Connectivity Driving the Experience
  • Support: Onboarding and Ongoing Services
  • Privacy and Security: Getting it Right for Consumers

For more information, visit www.connectionseurope.com.

About CONNECTIONS™ Europe

Produced by Parks Associates, the 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe is an executive conference focused on innovative business models, industry partnerships, and technology advancements for smart home solutions, cloud services, and value-added services, including energy management and connected health services.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe combines networking opportunities 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 and monetization opportunities.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Strategies for Security and Smart Home will take place 10-11 November 2020 in Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel in Amsterdam.

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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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Microchip Joins Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) – the Global Industry Coalition Dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility

Microchip logo (image)Microchip Joins Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) – the Global Industry Coalition Dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility | #TpromoCom #Microchip #Security #Financial #Health | Microchip Technology Inc. has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of companies.

CHANDLER, Ariz., Jan. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announced it has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of companies dedicated to the improvement of social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains.

The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of social, environmental and ethical industry standards. The standards set out in the Code of Conduct reference international norms and standards including but not limited to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labor Standards, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises plus ISO and SA standards.

Call TpromoCom for web design and content (image)“With the principles of corporate social responsibility as a fundamental part of Microchip’s DNA, we remain committed in every aspect of our business and operations to advancing human rights, ethics and health and safety worldwide,” said Ganesh Moorthy, president and chief operating officer. “Along with RBA member companies, we align under a set of common values that send a clear message of commitment to the global supply base and to our customers.”

Founded in 2004, the RBA and its initiatives have nearly 400 company members committed to improving conditions in global supply chains; including safe working conditions and ethical labor practices.

Microchip’s values and operating principles including its Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, certifications, sustainability reporting and other standards are reflected in the company’s practices and actions of employees worldwide. Microchip is committed to aligning with organizations and companies worldwide to advocate for principals regarding workforce and labor standards, human rights, sustainability and anti-corruption.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 120,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.


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Parks Associates: Adoption of smart appliances jumps to 11% of US broadband households

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January 14, 2020


Parks Associates: Adoption of smart appliances jumps to 11% of US broadband households | #TpromoCom #SmartHome #IoT #Event |  Austin Energy, Bidgely, Johnson Controls, and Parks Associates to keynote 11th annual Smart Energy Summit, featuring consumer trends and new opportunities for utilities and energy providers.

International research firmParks Associates will host the eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 17-19, 2020, at the Omni Austin Downtown in Austin, Texas, featuring keynotes from Austin Energy, Bidgely, and Johnson Controls. The firm’s Research Director Brad Russell will deliver a research-focused keynote exploring adoption of smart home technologies, new partnerships, and the impact on the energy markets.

At Smart Energy Summit, more than 300 industry leaders from utilities, service providers, manufacturers, and technology companies will participate in panel discussions about the impact of direct consumer participation in energy management and strategies to increase consumer engagement. Event sponsors include FLO, Rapid Response Monitoring, AutoGrid, Bidgely, Copper Labs, Everise, Alarm.com, Sprosty Network, Austin Energy, and Inspire.

Smart Energy Summit keynotes:

Rob Davis, General Manager, Intrusion, Johnson Controls

Abhay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Bidgely

Debbie Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications, Austin Energy

Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

Parks Associates research finds 11% of US broadband households now own one or more smart major appliances (smart refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, microwave, clothes dryer, standalone A/C unit, or water heater), up from 3% in 2014. Parks Associates also estimates that by 2023, annual US sales of smart plugs will reach 5.7 million, with annual sales revenue of $188 million.

“The smart appliance market has been slow to take off, but it is gaining momentum, thanks to manufacturers such as LG, Maytag, and GE adding advanced capabilities with recognizable value propositions in saving energy, increasing convenience, and enhancing safety,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “Smart light bulbs and smart light switches also experienced strong growth in mid-2019. The increased adoption of all these connected products creates new opportunities for utilities and energy providers to expand through partnerships and innovative programs.”

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Parks Associates will also host a pre-show research workshop, “Trends and Opportunities in Residential Energy Management,” on February 17, featuring detailed findings from the firm’s consumer and industry studies on the smart home, IoT, and energy management markets. Recent data from Parks Associates:

  • 29% of US broadband households plan to purchase a smart thermostat in 2020.
  • Consumers bought roughly 5.8 million smart thermostats in 2018, generating $843 million in revenues.
  • Among households planning to buy a smart thermostat that also own a smart speaker, more than 70% consider it important that the smart thermostat they buy is compatible with their smart speaker.

To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request data, please contact Elizabeth Parks at eparks@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the changing role of utilities and energy providers in the IoT era and offers research and insights on new opportunities to empower consumers with smart solutions to manage and save energy in the home. The conference addresses key questions for energy providers around leadership and alignment of goals between residential energy management solutions and the grid and presents strategies to expand business and revenue goals by incorporating smart products into energy programs.

Smart Energy Summit focuses on identifying opportunities across converging ecosystems to create new value in energy solutions through partnerships that leverage connected devices, energy management, utility services, and home control platforms and services. Research analysts, thought leaders, and industry executives present and discuss business strategies, case studies, partnership opportunities, and consumer research that utilities, service providers, retailers, and manufacturers can use to expand and monetize their energy offerings.

The eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 17-19, 2020, at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown in Austin, Texas. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy20. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit www.ses2020.com.

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Seventy-seven percent of smart TVs owned by US broadband households are now connected to the internet

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Seventy-seven percent of smart TVs owned by US broadband households are now connected to the internet | #TpromoCom #SmartHome #SmartTelevision #CES2020 | CES 2020 spotlights smart TV market, including 8K, screen sizes, and growing role of streaming services for video content.

Ahead of CES® 2020, Parks Associates announced new research showing that more than 70% of US broadband households now own at least one streaming entertainment product and 50% own a smart TV. 360 Deep Dive: Demand and Perception of Connected TVs also reports that 77% of smart TVs owned by US broadband households are now connected to the internet, an increase from only 62% in 2014.

360 Deep Dive: Demand and Perception of Connected TVs features research and insights from a survey of 10,000 US broadband households including a detailed examination of ownership, purchasing, features, sizes, brands, and consumer usage of both smart TVs and basic, non-smart TVs.

“Manufacturers have invested in improvements to the app and user experience on their smart TVs and are being rewarded with higher connection rates, which keeps the user within their ecosystem,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Higher connection rates result in greater opportunity in monetizing the user base, which is increasingly important as manufacturers and software providers look to extend into subscriptions and ad-supported OTT video services, such as Samsung’s new ad-supported video service Samsung TV Plus. We will see a lot of announcements at CES this year focused on delivering a superior user experience to keep consumers in their ecosystem.”

The renewed focus on app development and user experience is particularly important as the younger generation (“Generation Z”) starts to mature, as their preferences for entertainment delivery and consumption are markedly different from prior generations. Generation Z shows a strong preference for other forms of entertainment over watching TV programming, which will represent a growing challenge to TV makers.

“Overall television ownership is beginning to decline, even as smart TV adoption grows,” Hanich said. “Millennials and Generation Z collectively represent the largest segment of TV buyers, but their unique demands on the TV are forcing manufacturers to rethink the role and form factor of the TV set.”

Smart TVs are the most commonly adopted streaming entertainment product type, and increasing adoption of OTT services has helped drive device purchases. Parks Associates finds that 72% of US broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT streaming service, and 25% of US broadband households purchased a TV in the past 12 months.

Additional research:

  • 90% of US broadband households own at least one television; 50% own at least one smart TV while 40% own basic televisions only.
  • 56% of recent smart TV buyers purchased a TV with 4K video support – only 33% owned a TV with this feature in Q1.
  • Households with children purchase smart TVs at two times the rate of households without children.

Parks Associates will host the fifteenth annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit: Smart Home Business Models and Strategies, January 7 at CES® 2020 in Las Vegas. The event includes eight executive sessions and a networking reception, sponsored by Alarm.com, on January 7, the opening day of CES. During CES, visit Parks Associates at Booth #42452.

For information on 360 Deep Dive: Demand and Perception of Connected TVs, 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.

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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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