Cities ‘could generate hundreds of times more solar power than they do today’

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Breakthrough in solar power by MIT (image)Cities ‘could generate hundreds of times more solar power than they do today’ | #TpromoCom #SolarPower #PV #GreenEnergy | While applauding the rooftop solar progress of dozens of cities, a report from Environment Texas offers policy options for further progress. Per capita solar leaders are Honolulu, San Diego, Albuquerque, San Jose and Burlington, Vermont.

Twenty-six U.S. cities have at least 50 watts of PV per capita—and they’re not all in the sunniest states.

Honolulu is in a league of its own, with 841 watts of PV per capita, as a study from the nonprofit Environment Texas reports. San Diego, with 295 watts per capita, leads the rest of the pack.

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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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41% of US broadband households concerned about hackers accessing their devices

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41% of US broadband households concerned about hackers accessing their devices | #TpromoCom #Parks #Hackers #CyberSecurity | Parks Associates and PSA Certified highlight importance of device security and standard frameworks in industry webinar 

Parks Associates research reveals 41% of US broadband households are concerned about hackers getting access to their devices. With concerns higher among households without smart home devices, these fears could contribute to reluctance among consumers to purchase these devices. The international research firm will address the importance of establishing device security standards and certifications in the upcoming webinar “IoT Security: Establishing Frameworks to Protect Consumers,” cohosted with PSA Certified.

The webinar, hosted Tuesday, May 19, 11 AM ET / 10 AM CT / 5 PM CET, will address the value of industry standards and certifications in creating product differentiation, reducing risks, and building consumer trust.

“Connected devices have proven valuable in extending and enhancing many elements of everyday life, including work-at-home, education, entertainment, and health and wellness,” said Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “But the expansion of smart home adoption and online activity also increases consumers’ vulnerability to hackers and cybercriminals. Parks Associates research has repeatedly found safety and security to be fundamental to consumers, so all players would benefit from industry-level solutions that can deliver on the security of connected devices in the home.”

Moderated by Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates, this webinar includes insights from the following panelists:

  • Anurag Gupta, Business Development Director of Platform Security Architecture, Arm
  • Carlos Serratos, Senior Director of Strategy, Brightsight
  • Hector Tejero, IoT Solutions Architect, ARROW Electronics

Parks Associates’ 360 View: Supporting the Connected Consumer tracked the steady increase of DIY setup and configuration among smart home and connected CE products:

  • 64% of smart home device owners report setting up at least one smart home device themselves
  • Approximately 90% of smart light bulb and smart plug owners set up these devices themselves
  • 51% of smart home owners who set up their own devices experienced at least one type of problem when setting up their device

To register, visit http://www.parksassociates.com/arm-may2020. To request data or an interview, please contact Rosey Ulpino at rosey@parksassociates.com, 972.996.0233.

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Verdafero’s Water Utility Monitoring Saves Big!

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Verdafero’s Water Utility Monitoring Saves Big! | #Verdafero #WaterMonitoring #UtilityMonitoring | The overall cost of metered water is rising. Anyone who owns a home or business in an area where water is provided by a municipality knows how true this is.

According to CBS News, “Americans this year will pay an average of $104 per month in water and wastewater bills, up more than 30% in less than a decade” (https://cbsn.ws/3fJxyi4).

As an alarm dealer or security integrator, you may be wondering, “How can I sell Utility Monitoring to an established client when it’s  hard enough to approach them about updating their aged alarm system?” 

The answer to that is simple, you educate them as to what Utility Monitoring can do for them. First and foremost, with Verdafero’s Cloud-based analytics, you can alert them when a leak occurs. This same service also can alert your client when a piece of equipment is in the process of requiring maintenance. 

Because Vertafero’s Cloud-based analytical computing system uses Big Data, Machine Learning (ML), you can monitor several utilities at the same time, such  as: 

      • Water
      • Electricity
      • Natural Gas
      • Propane
      • Fuel Oil
      • and others…

Monitoring is accomplished using IoT-based sub-meters equipped with WiFi or Ethernet, in conjunction with your regular central station. Verdafero also can suggest one if required; and we can help you put it all together!

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New facial recognition and fever detection systems for safe work environment launched

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New facial recognition and fever detection systems for safe work environment launched | #Verdafero #VideoSurveillance #FacialRecognition #COVID19 | Biometric companies around the world are working on releasing advanced solutions to identify people when wearing masks, to introduce contactless tech to ensure environment safety and to develop fever detectors to assist global containment efforts.

Cali Group subsidiary PopID has partnered with Wasserstrom to launch a biometric facial recognition and temperature screening platform for companies to enable a contactless working environment, writes Kiosk Marketplace. https://lnkd.in/ejQVu_S

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Featuring: Industrial 75W and 95W Power over Ethernet (POE++) Midspan Injector for 10/100/1000TX

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Operating power and 10/100/1000TX Ethernet data are easily combined on one cable, eliminating the need to install additional power outlets and electrical cabling. The CNGE1IPS95 is fully compliant with the requirements of IEEE 802.3at for Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE), and features auto detection of powered devices (PDs).

Transmission distances of up to 328 feet (100 meters) are supported, and this injector supplies operating power for PDs drawing a maximum of 75 and/or 95 watts (model dependent). Ideally suited to fiber optic, wireless, or other networks where it may be difficult to furnish operating power to the PDs, the CNGE1IPSXXAC series offers a true plug-and-play product requiring no user configuration or other set-up.

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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.

Utility Monitoring adds an additional revenue stream to your RMR (image)If you’re a security integrator or an alarm dealer, you can add considerably to the RMR you’re making every month now by adding Utility Monitoring to your list of monitored systems. Believe me, someone’s going to do it, and so why not you?

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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Trump administration moves against Chinese telecom firms citing national security

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Trump administration moves against Chinese telecom firms citing national security | #TpromoCom #NationalSecurity #China #TeleCommunications | The Trump administration is moving aggressively on national security grounds against Chinese telecom firms, with key agencies this week recommending that a subsidiary of China’s largest landline provider have its U.S. license revoked.

The advice to pull a license from China Telecom Americas was prompted by long-standing concerns that the firm, whose parent company is state-owned, poses unacceptable risks of Chinese espionage and disruption of U.S. networks, U.S. officials said.

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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.

If you’re a security integrator or an alarm dealer, you can add considerably to the RMR you’re making every month now by adding Utility Monitoring to your list of monitored systems. Believe me, someone’s going to do it, and so why not you?

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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Al Colombo

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