FBI Warns of Dangers in ‘Safe’ Websites | #TpromoCom #FBI #CyberSecurity #Cyber | Criminals are using TLS certificates to convince users that fraudulent sites are worthy of their trust.
One of the most common mechanisms used to secure web browser sessions — and to assure consumers that their transactions are secure — is also being used by criminals looking to gain victims’ trust in phishing campaigns. The FBI has issued a public service announcement defining the problem and urging individuals to go beyond simply trusting any “https” URL.
Browser publishers and website owners have waged successful campaigns to convince consumers to look for lock icons and the “https:” prefix as indicators that a website is encrypted and, therefore, secure. The problem, according to the FBI and security experts, is that many individuals incorrectly assume that an encrypted site is secure from every sort of security issue.
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Sales of connected consumer devices to exceed 520 million units by 2022 | #TpromoCom #IoT #HomeAutomation #SmartHome | New whitepaper sponsored by Calix details opportunities for service providers to build revenues and brand value in the smart home ecosystem.
May 21, 2019
New whitepaper sponsored by Calix details opportunities for service providers to build revenues and brand value in the smart home ecosystem
Parks Associates today released the new whitepaper Open for Business: Future Flexibility for Smart Home Services, which forecasts sales of connected consumer devices will exceed 520 million units by 2022, including networked cameras, security systems, and connected health devices. The whitepaper, sponsored by Calix, presents the opportunities emerging from this wealth of residential devices and details strategies for service providers to operate in the smart home market in ways that leverage their strengths while avoiding the pitfalls of past efforts.
“A future-flexible platform is a critical component for success in the IoT because smart strategies represent a long-term investment,” said Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates. “While service providers are in an excellent position to deploy, maintain, and service the smart home, they generally do not want to develop and maintain their own proprietary solution to do so. But the market has matured where vendors are offering new turnkey solutions, and the right long-term partnership enables providers to serve the varied present and future use cases.”
“Service providers need to re-position themselves for growth and gain a foothold in the smart home. The innovators are starting with tools that provide visibility into the home and supporting systems so they can deliver best-in-class whole-home Wi-Fi coverage,” said Michael Weening, EVP of field operations for Calix. “Once the foundational brands and systems are in place-such as those rapidly coming to market from tech giants-it will become increasingly difficult for new entrants to gain any traction. The opportunity is now.”
The whitepaper details consumer interest and willingness to pay for connected home services. Additional research from Open for Business: Future Flexibility for Smart Home Services:
• More than half of professionally monitored subscribers have at least basic interactivity with their security system.
• At the end of 2018, 24% of US broadband households subscribed to professional monitoring.
• 10% of US broadband households own at least one networked camera.
• The majority of consumers 50+ years old are willing to pay $30 per month for an independent living system that has their must-have features, such as fire detection, panic buttons, automatic alerts sent to loved ones, and home security devices to deter intruders.
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.
#Home #Technology Company SnapAV to Merge With Control4 | #TpromoCom #HomeAutomation | SnapAV will acquire Control4 in an all-cash transaction for $23.91 per share in cash, representing an aggregate value of approximately $680 million.
SnapAV, a leading manufacturer and primary source of A/V, surveillance, networking and remote management products for integrators, and Control4 Corp. (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby SnapAV will acquire Control4 in an all-cash transaction for $23.91 per share in cash, representing an aggregate value of approximately $680 million.
This highly complementary combination will leverage the increased resources of the two companies to provide integrators with a true one -stop shop, offering a complete product portfolio of custom smart-home, control and automation solutions, according to the joint announcement from the Charlotte, N.C., and Salt Lake City-based companies.
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Parks Associates welcomes Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, Great Call, to Connected Health Summit | #TpromoCom #Event #Home #Monitor | Jones will deliver the keynote address at the sixth-annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness.
64% of consumer 50 and older are interested in home monitoring system that can sense emergencies and notify caretakers
Parks Associates today announced Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, Great Call, as the first confirmed keynote speaker for the sixth-annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness, August 27-29 at the Pendry San Diego in San Diego, California. The firm’s independent living research finds 64% of heads of US broadband households 50 and older are interested in a home system that can sense emergencies and send out notifications.
Connected Health Summit will explore new strategies and innovations that will expand and improve independent living solutions for consumers and caretakers, including innovative monitoring and smart home solutions, and examine consumer adoption and usage of connected health technologies and key adjacencies between smart home, healthcare, and independent living ecosystems. Early Sponsors include HP, MDLIVE, Alarm.com, Freeus, Rapid Response Monitoring, and GiftCard Partners.
“The push to engage consumers outside of the facility, combined with advances in consumer technology, have created several distinct markets for connected health products and services,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “We expect to see the lines between these markets blur as care providers experiment with consumer devices as part of their remote patient monitoring programs and as consumer solutions integrate virtual care services into their offerings. Technology companies are now realizing the incredible opportunity to serve the growing market of seniors with devices and services that fit their unique needs and desires.”
Parks Associates research shows more than one-third of people in US broadband households are current caregivers or will be in the near future, and they rank emergency alerts as the most valuable home living feature.
“Many smart home solutions are well positioned to deliver on these key independent living use cases while also providing a valuable user experience to caretakers,” Parks said. “Great Call, recently acquired by Best Buy, is a leader in delivering independent living solutions, and we look forward to sharing insight with attendees on key adjacencies between the smart home and connected health.”
Employee Wellness Programs and Consumer Engagement
AI in Health: Creating Personalized Insights
Choice in Care: Telehealth, Kiosks, and Retail Clinics
The Impact of MACRA and Telehealth Reimbursement for Connected Health
Enabling Independence: Addressing Seniors’ Health and Social Needs
Expanding Reach: Making Remote Patient Monitoring Work
The Role of Technology: Serving Social and Medical Needs
Innovation and Partnerships
IoT Integration: Effective Connected Health Partnerships
Senior Tech Channels: Home Service Providers, Builders, and In-home Care Agencies
Wearables: Crossing the Line from Consumer to Health Tech
Consumer Technology in Healthcare: Preparing for the Tech Giants
Innovation at Transformative Life Stages
Connected Health Summit provides industry players with in-depth analysis on the growth of the connected health device and solutions markets, with insights and implications for consumers, health providers, and payors. The event is focused on the emerging opportunities-and specifically on new consumer engagement strategies-for multiple industries.
Registration is open, and media are invited to attend. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data,contact Sherrelle Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 972-996-0214.
About Connected Health Summit
Parks Associates’ sixth-annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness is an executive conference focused on the impact of connected devices and IoT healthcare solutions on consumers at home.
Connected Health Summit provides insights on new business models, IoT technologies, consumer behaviors, and deployments relevant to consumer healthcare solutions. The conference addresses opportunities for new solutions, including smart home platforms, on-demand services, voice assistants, and wearables, to empower consumers, caregivers, and providers with new insight into patient health and to meet the growing demand for services in independent living, chronic care management, remote access to care, and wellness and fitness.
New professionally monitored subscribers spend $5 more per month on their services than average security households | #TpromoCom #AlarmSystem #Monitoring #Security | Security research from Parks Associates finds consumers who bought their home security system in the past 12 months spend $55 per month on average for their monitoring services, $5 more than the average cost among all security households. 360 View: Residential Security attributes the increase in RMR (recurring monthly revenue) among new subscribers to an increasing adoption rate of home controls and interactive services.
Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates, will present Parks Associates’ new security research during the “Security in the Connected Home” session at ISC West on April 11 at 11:00 a.m.
“More than 60% of households with a security system, which equal 16% of all US broadband households, have an interactive home security system,” said Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “For new security subscribers, the adoption of interactive services is 80-95%, so new customers are driving interactive services to reach maturity.”
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ADT pairs with Scott Brothers to roll out new smart home security system | #TpromoCom #SmartHome #SmartAutomation #Security | ADT Security is finally rolling out its new smart home system, connecting to multiple IoT devices to extend the way someone secures their space. The company is partnering with Scott Brothers, ADT customers themselves, who believe that home security should be paired with professional know-how in the home.
Announced at CES 2019, the new ADT Command Panel & Control Platform lets home owners direct the system through a mobile app, as well as a touchscreen panel in the house.
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Google’s Nest Hub Has a Microphone It Forgot to Mention | #TpromoCom #Nest #Google #Privacy | Google said Wednesday it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in its Nest Secure home alarm system, the latest privacy flub by one of the tech industry’s leading collectors of personal information.
The company said earlier this month that its voice assistant feature would be available on the system’s Nest Guard, which controls home alarm sensors.
But Google hadn’t told consumers about the device’s built-in microphone when it began selling the hubs in the fall of 2017. As recently as January, the product specs for the device made no mention of a microphone.
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Drone Security Cameras are the Smart Devices of the Future | #TpromoCom #Drone #Drones #Camera | Does your home feel insecure? This company wants to protect it with a camera drone.
Drones aren’t just fun toys for hobbyists or useful tools for professional videographers anymore. No, no, now they are going to start filling a new role: security cameras.
Sunflower Labs has announced at CES 2019 that they developed a system of high tech lights for your yard that integrates a flying camera drone that patrols your yard.
Now, like most new technology announcements from startups, we have no word on pricing or an exact release date yet. They did indicate that at first, the system will be quite expensive until they can start manufacturing at scale.
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