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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36% of those intending to purchase a security system prefer self-installation

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December 17, 2019

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36% of those intending to purchase a security system prefer self-installation | #TpromoCom #ParksAssociates #DIY | New research addresses the preference for self-installable solutions in home security market.

Parks Associates research finds preference for self-installed systems is growing among US broadband households planning to buy a security system, rising from 18% in 2007 to 29% in 2012 to 36% in 2019. DIY Disruption: Smart Products and Home Security reports that the percentage is even higher among people who actually follow through on their intentions, as 51% of security system owners who acquired their security system in the past 12 months self-installed their system. Though these figures point to a rising trend in DIY preferences, intentions do not translate to sales as intentions may not be fulfilled for a plethora of reasons.

DIY Disruption: Smart Products and Home Security explores the home security market, including current state of adoption and preference for self-installable solutions, consumer interest in smart home products that address security needs, and the impact of these solutions on the traditional security industry.

“As people move from intenders to owners of security systems, they find the cost savings of DIY systems highly attractive-48% of those who self-installed their system did so to save money,” said Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Among earlier DIY systems, the challenges in installation and setup counterbalanced the cost savings, but current self-install security solutions are designed from the ground up to be installed by the consumer, removing that inhibitor.”

Similar to consumers who have already purchased a system, intenders value cost savings with self-installation. Almost 50% of intenders report that they would like to avoid the hassle of professional installers. Scheduling an installation appointment, waiting for installers, and the privacy lost from installers coming into the home are all barriers to professional installation.

“DIY security systems are fulfilling on the appeal that these systems are easy to install,” Abdelrazik said. “From the security system industry perspective, smart products and DIY systems are woefully inadequate substitutes for a traditional full-blown security system, but for consumers, smart products and DIY systems can make them feel safe and provide similar peace-of-mind value propositions while delivering cost savings.”

Additional research:

At the end of 4Q 2018, 28% of US broadband households report the presence of an active security system, with 24% having professional monitoring.

51% of security system owners that acquired their security system less than a year ago self-installed their system compared to 10% of security system owners that acquired their system more than 6 years ago.

For more information about DIY Disruption: Smart Products and Home Security, contact sales@parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

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Update on Goods in House on the Security and Fire Buy or Sell Forum on Facebook

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What’s available on the Security and Fire Buy or Sell Forum on Facebook | #TpromoCom #Security #Fire #Marketplace | The following items are available on the Forum. Prices are not included in these short write-ups. To view these and many other deals, go to http://bit.ly/2AkwgWt. To join this forum, you must be in the business and you must answer all three questions that are posed, otherwise your application for membership will be declined. Go to: http://bit.ly/2AkwgWt


We have a Rhino™ 5200 in Wilmington, DE, available on the forum | #TpromoCom #Rhino #LabelMaker | Rugged, versatile, and packed with time-saving features, the Rhino™ 5200 meets key ANSI and TIA/EIA 606-A labeling standards – and labels up to 77% faster than the competition*. Just press a proprietary Rhino “Hot Key” to automatically size, space and format text for perfect patch panel labels – then press another to print matching cable flags or face plate tabs, without retyping. It’s just as easy to print module and fixed-length labels, horizontal and vertical wire wraps, terminal and 110 blocks and much more. Print Code 39 and Code 128 barcodes. Access 100+ industry symbols, fractions, and punctuation marks with a few quick keystrokes. Add the optional quick-charging lithium-ion battery for uninterrupted productivity. Compatible Label Width: 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″ No USB connection.


We have one PW5K1IC board and 29 PW5K1R2 boards in San Antonio, TX. All pulled from a functioning system. No longer needed. I also have four PW5K2ENC1 enclosures to go with them if you feel like shipping them. Make an offer. Buyer pays shipping. Note: according to the owner, “the IC is gone but I still have a good amount of R2 boards left.”


We have a Wisenet spd-150n decoder our of Naugatuck, CT, on the forum. Additional info: “Decoder, 49CH on 3 different monitors: HDMI 36/32 channel max, VGA 16 channel max, BNC 1 channel, H.265, H.264, MJPEG, ONVIF support, decode up to 12MP, PoE or 12VDC”


We have a GVI heated housing and camera out of Coatesville, PA, on the forum for sale. “All new the are heated housing with Samsung camera. 10 in stock”


We have a Door gard 232i in Coatesville, PA, for sale. The Door Guard 2321. Additional info: Control Stand Alone Keyless Entry Indoor Use Single Gang Flush Mount 8 Amp, Form C, Lock Release Relay Lock Release Timer Forced Door Alarm Relay Propper Door Alarm Relay Alarm


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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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Physicians and Consumer Advocates Warn Consumers against High-Powered Magnet Sets

Physicians and Consumer Advocates Warn Consumers against High-Powered Magnet Sets | #TpromoCom #Children #Health #Congress | when two or more magnets are ingested, their strong magnetic force allows the magnets to “find” each other once inside the digestive tract. Consequently, there is a high risk of a fold of intestine becoming trapped between the magnets.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact: Rachel Weintraub, CFA, 202-939-1012

December 20, 2019                                                     Camille Bonta, NASPGHAN, 202-320-3658

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PHYSICIANS AND CONSUMER ADVOCATES WARN CONSUMERS AGAINST HIGH-POWERED MAGNET SETS; ASK FOR CONGRESSIONAL INTERVENTION

Washington, D.C. — A surge in the number of ingestions by children of rare-earth, high-powered magnets that are part of magnet sets often marketed and sold as desktop trinkets and stress relievers has led to the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Senate by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) that would ban the sale of these products in the United States.

Physicians and consumer advocates remind the public that high-powered magnet sets do not make good holiday gifts and call on Congress to act swiftly and pass the “Magnet Injury Prevention Act.”

Kids often put in their mouth and swallow a lot of objects they should not. High-powered magnet ingestions are different than other ingested foreign objects. Most will pass through the digestive tract without incident. However, when two or more magnets are ingested, their strong magnetic force allows the magnets to “find” each other once inside the digestive tract. Consequently, there is a high risk of a fold of intestine becoming trapped between the magnets. When this occurs, the magnets erode through the bowel wall and children may develop perforations, infection, or abnormal connections (i.e. fistulae) within the bowel. Sometimes, the magnetic force causes the intestine to twist on itself, cutting off blood supply and leading to bowel necrosis, or tissue death.  Ingestion of magnets requires medical management and almost always leads to endoscopic or surgical removal.

These high-powered magnet sets often consist of 200 or more individual, tiny, sphere- or cube-shaped magnets and are sold in a variety of colors. Individual magnets can get easily lost on the floor and in carpeting or furniture where they can be found by children and pets. As part of normal mouthing behavior or because the magnets look like candy, young children put them in their mouth. Older children and teens use the magnets to mimic nose, tongue and cheek piercings.

In response to injuries caused by ingestion of high-powered magnets, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a safety standard for high-power magnet sets in 2014 which stipulated that if a magnet set contains a magnet that fits within the CPSC’s small parts cylinder, each magnet in the magnet set must have a flux index of 50 kG2 mm2 or less. In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated the 2014 CPSC rule on the basis of incomplete and inadequately explained findings and remanded the issue back to the agency for further action.

The CPSC established a safety standard for high-powered magnet sets because these products were and continue to be a hazard. An examination of data from the National Poison Control Center shows a dramatic increase in ingestion cases in 2017-2018 after high-powered magnets came back on the market, with 1,316 reported cases to date for 2019 alone. Barring CPSC action to reinstate its previous safety standard, federal legislation is necessary to protect children from these dangerous and otherwise innocuous looking products.

“Pediatric gastroenterologists are treating, with dramatically increasing frequency, children and teens who have ingested high-powered magnets from these sets. We are seeing first hand, all too commonly, the gastrointestinal trauma ingested magnets can cause, including intestinal perforation, and sadly, death,” said NASPGHAN President Karen Murray, MD. “Warning labels cannot adequately convey their risk, and therefore the only solution is to remove them from the market.”

“Small powerful magnets were deadly in toys, and so they were banned and injuries dropped dramatically,” stated Nancy Cowles, Executive Director of Kids In Danger. “They are no less dangerous to children when they are brought into homes as so-called desk toys for adults.  We have seen the injury rate rise as more consumers purchase magnet sets. We support this measure to keep this well-known hazardous product out of reach of children.”

“High powered magnets pose a hidden hazard to children who swallow them. Parents are unaware of the dangerous consequences of ingesting more than one magnet,” stated Rachel Weintraub, General Counsel and Legislative Director of Consumer Federation of America. “We applaud the introduction of this legislation which will effectively protect children from this hazard.”

“Every day we wait for action is another day a panicked parent may need to rush their child to the hospital for emergency surgery because of these dangerous magnets. It’s an unnecessary hazard with an easy solution thanks to Senator Blumenthal’s introduction of the Safe Magnets Act of 2019,” said Adam Garber, U.S. PIRG Consumer Watchdog.

“We commend Senator Blumenthal for taking action. High powered magnets are a danger to children. We should safeguard them from this danger once and for all,” said Remington A. Gregg, Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights at Public Citizen.

“Historically, a number of products threatening the safety of a vulnerable population have been justifiably removed from the marketplace through collaborative legislative and regulatory action,” stated American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery EVP/CEO James C. Denneny III, MD. “The significant risks of ingesting certain high-powered magnets and the resulting devastating complications pose such a danger to all Americans, especially children, to warrant their immediate removal from the market.  The AAO-HNS commends Senator Blumenthal’s leadership to protect all Americans from this avoidable tragedy.”

Children should receive immediate medical attention for a known or suspected magnet ingestion. Consumers and health care providers are strongly encouraged to report incidents of ingestions to www.saferproducts.gov.

The Consumer Federation of America is a nonprofit association of more than 250 consumer groups that was founded in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education.

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Artificial Intelligence in the News – 26Nov2019

The current trend in tech, no matter what the venue, is Artificial Intelligence (AI) | #TpromoCom #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #HealthCare | Fashionable and trendy, the use of AI in society is looked upon as progressive and modern, not to mention smart and intelligent. No matter what the facts may be–whether AI’s the savior or the destroyer of mankind–everyone wants it, and they want it now.

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The future is now!

One of the reasons why corporations and governments across the globe are sure to continue their efforts to develop AI is the fact that this tech is capable of reading, sorting, assessing, analyzing, and logically, systematically reporting on huge quantities of data–commonly called Big Data.

But, will corporations and governments stop with Big Data? Let me take a guess… “No!” and let me tell you why, because AI is capable of so much more.

–Allan B. Colombo

The following is a quick look at AI in the news:

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Can Artificial Intelligence Cure What Ails The Healthcare Industry? | Personal healthcare experiences often spark pioneering cures, and Pinaki Dasgupta, CEO of Hindsait, is no exception. After two immediate family members weathered serious health issues, Dasgupta brought his digital expertise in manufacturing to the healthcare industry. Click Here!

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Stanford-led snapshot of artificial intelligence reveals challenges | A periodic review of the artificial intelligence industry revealed the potential pitfalls of outsourcing our problems for technology to solve rather than addressing the causes, and of allowing outdated predictive modeling to go unchecked. As part of Stanford’s ongoing 100-year study on artificial intelligence, known as the AI100, two workshops recently considered the issues of care technologies and predictive modeling to inform the future development of AI technologies. Click here!

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Top Artificial Intelligence (AI) Predictions For 2020 From IDC and Forrester | IDC and Forrester issued recently their predictions for artificial intelligence (AI) in 2020 and beyond. While external “market events” may make companies cautious about AI, says Forrester, “courageous ones” will continue to invest and expand the initial “timid” steps they took in 2019. Click Here!

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Can Artificial Intelligence Learn to Learn? | As businesses integrate Artificial Intelligence into their systems, technology professionals are looking at a new frontier of AI innovation. This is in the area of Meta-Learning. Meta-Learning is simply learning to learn. We humans have the unique ability to learn from any situation or surrounding. We adapt our learning. We can figure out how we can learn. To acquire this kind of flexibility in learning, AI needs Artificial General Intelligence. Click Here!

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Artificial Intelligence: Humans could one day marry robots and ’emotionally’ bond with AI | PEOPLE will increasingly bond with artificial intelligence (AI) in the coming years and give the green light to marriage between man and machine, a philosopher has spectacularly claimed. The bizarre prediction was made by Dr Maciej Musiał from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland. Click Here!

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