NEC Developing Facial Recognition Platform for Star Alliance Frequent Flyers

facial recognition, FAA, airlines (image)#NEC Developing Facial Recognition Platform for Star Alliance Frequent Flyers | #TpromoCom #FacialRecognition #Airline #Security | The opt-in platform will allow passengers of Star Alliance’s member airlines to move through various checkpoints without the need for a passport or a boarding pass, using only biometric authentication to enter lounges or pass through boarding gates and check-in kiosks at participating airports.

The proposed system is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. Star Alliance members will be able to let their passengers use a mobile device to enroll in the program, and the latter will only need to do so once to enable biometric authentication when flying with any Star Alliance airline at an airport that supports the biometric technology.

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TV antenna usage in US broadband households jumped to 25% in 2019

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March 26, 2020

TV antenna usage in US broadband households jumped to 25% in 2019 and is expected to grow more as COVID-19 keeps consumers at home

#Consumer research study finds #TV #antenna use has increased | #TpromoCom | predicts more widespread usage as people shelter in place from Parks Associates finds that 25% of US broadband households use an antenna to watch local broadcast TV channels, up from 15% in 2018. 360 Deep Dive: Today’s Broadcast TV also reports that roughly one-half of antenna users do not subscribe to any pay-TV services, either traditional or vMVPD services.

The study, conducted in the third quarter of 2019, examines the demand for broadcast TV, including pay TV, over-the-air, and online sources. The survey finds households that watch over-the air TV channels watch more video overall than average broadband households.

The study, conducted in the third quarter of 2019, examines uptake and perception of broadband services among US households.

“Local news matters to most households—local broadcast channels are the most preferred channel types, and news is the most preferred broadcast content,” said Steve Nason, Director of Research, Parks Associates. “These content preferences shape the access habits of consumers, so antenna usage is increasing as households look to meet these needs, and we will see these trends increase as more shelter-in-place orders take effect and households look for inexpensive content options to offset lost wages.”

Overall 78% of US broadband households watch live TV channels. As households look to cut expenses, their reliance on antennas for information and entertainment will likely increase.

“Penetration of broadcast TV and antennas increased markedly in 2019,” Nason said. “Thirty percent of US broadband households report owning a TV antenna, and we expect upward trends both in ownership and usage to continue, especially as we face this public health crisis keeping people at home.”

360 Deep Dive: Today’s Broadcast TV, a Quantified Consumer study, profiles consumers of live content and ownership of TVs and antennae among live TV viewers. The research quantifies the shift in live content to online platforms and the role that live TV plays in the lives of connected consumers.

Parks Associates is launching multiple surveys in April 2020 to quantify the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on consumer behaviors, purchasing, and usage of connected devices and services, titled COVID-19 Impact on Communications and Entertainment and COVID-19 Impact on Telehealth and Independent Living. For more information on Today’s Broadcast TV and these other studies, contact sales@parksassociates.com

To request data or an interview, 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, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. http://www.parksassociates.com

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News on RMR Utility Monitoring Opportunities by Verdafero

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Mistakes do happen where it comes to your commercial client’s various utilities. Common utilities include:

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

One way to combat mistakes and downright fraud when it happens is to get your calculator out and add up all the numbers, or sell your clients “Utility Monitoring.” Not only will they save money, but you’ll adopt a new RMR income stream, right along with the monthly income you derive from their fire and security systems.

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Government Mandates Require Energy Consumption Reports

Security dealers and Integration firms need to look closely at the recurring revenue opportunities that await them if they but look at their present client list. Local and state governments in some locales have or soon will pass legislation that mandates the submission of periodic energy consumption reports. It’s imperative for these clients to have the means of tracking consumption over a period of time in order to comply.

The following is an example where the city of Minneapolis now requires energy consumption reports:

The energy use intensity of larger commercial buildings in Minneapolis declined by 5.5% | #Verdafero #EnergyConsumption #Government #Monitoring | As more Minnesota cities take steps to require building energy benchmarking, evidence suggests that the state’s first such policy is helping to nudge energy consumption lower. https://lnkd.in/ebiAym6

You can offer the necessary data through your Central Station Services! In a word, “Stop leaving money on the table” when you sell central monitoring station service. In the case of existing customers, reach out to them so they know you have it, and do it regularly so when their own city of residence demands such a report, they will think of you!

So, where can you go to integrate your CMS with smart meters in order to provide this data. In addition, you can provide real-time monitoring services so your client can be alerted to abnormal conditions that can occur in any utility, be it electrical, natural gas, heating oil, and other utilities. Real-time conditions are acted on by your CMS as well as automatic PUSH data to your client’s mobile device.

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Verdafero provides a Cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service) designed to provide Security Dealers and Integrators with the means to monitor utility usage.

To find out more, download this white paper: Using Utility Monitoring & Analytics as a Security Business Driver.

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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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Security prepare to combat Coronavirus 

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By ISIO [International Security Industry Organization]

No-one knows if this Coronavirus could turn into a pandemic but, at this moment in time, this must be seriously be considered.

A few months ago, ISIO suggested in articles that security managers must ensure that there is a contingency in the budget to obtain equipment or skills training in case of an unknown threat that could arrive out of the blue.

Any responsible managing or finance director must consider allocating 

funding and preparing for this emerging threat because it has life impacting or life & death possibilities.

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Considering Equipment, Manpower training and Policy

Training for Staff

Obviously, the biggest nightmare is not knowing who a threat until one can are truly see and hear the threat. The faster a person of interest is identified the better. A non-intrusive method to interview someone that is suspected of having flu symptoms. Consider the fact that people may lie or hide about their medical status because of fears. One may then need to determine where and who they were with over the past days. Subsequently, quick interviewing methods based on deception detection is required (ISIO highly recommends HIM Tool link below)

Strangely enough, you would be surprised how many people do not know how to wash their hands. Regardless – show them when talking to them ‘by soaping up between fingers and even fingernails’. Furthermore, ensure that bathrooms are stocked with medical soap.

Furthermore, train all, that touching others must be with medical gloves. Ensure that any cuts or open wounds must be quickly cleaned with disinfectant and securely covered with plasters

Equipment:

Some type of thermal detector be it connected to cctv or handheld to identify people that have high temperatures.

Medical gloves and face masks for all staff and specially security staff

Mouth-to-mouth respiration protectors for safety officers or staff familiar with first aid training

Consider Policy

It may be the case that  people may come into contact with many people. Some may be tested once and set free. Subsequently, all people must be closely continuously monitored for flu symptoms. Naturally, any educated HR professional in the company would be able to contribute towards policy besides the training of staff (perhaps security can assist in the training. The benefit of security staff assisting would be reinforcing the knowledge and heightening situational awareness which is a key factor for security awareness)

Furthermore, staff that are on travel trips must be supported by HR or Security in every which way. It is suggested that, HR and Security learning from this experience, to ensure that the staff that travel are provided a travel bag with the necessary items to protect themselves which should include masks, gloves and plasters.

Stay Safe ISIO 

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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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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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