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A Dramatic Change to the Way We Live and Work

“The way we work and live will change quite dramatically,” is how Stuart Sikes characterizes the impact of connected and smart home. Speaking at CONNECTIONS™ 16, Sikes points out that things such as voice control are removing the friction of interacting with technology and associated products. As further evidence of how things like voice control makes […]

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The Smart Home for 80% of the Population

The smart home business model is too expensive for up to 80% of the population according to Kevin Meagher. Speaking at CONNECTIONS™ 16, Meahger, SVP Business Development of ROC-Connect, believes the way to get to the larger market is to create a free baseline service that opens up the market for add-ons. He indicates that this is […]

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Voice Enabling the Connected Home

Voice as a key enabler of smart home success was a common theme of CONNECTIONS™ 16. Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research for Parks Associates, cites presentations from companies, such as Amazon and Rovi, that focused on how the voice-machine interface is becoming an important way of communicating with smart home devices. He points out that […]

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What Do Customers Want?

Knowing what customers want is the universal quest for service providers and manufacturers. Emily Hossellman has a first row seat to the frustrations and excitement that customers feel with new products in her role as Director of Marketing for Centercode has garnered some valuable insight into how people feel about smart home products. As background, […]

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A Critical Part of People’s Lives

“The smart home and bringing that technology to be a permanent part of people’s lives is a hot topic,” according to Stuart Sikes, president of Parks Associates. Sikes was referring to the popularity of last week’s CONNECTIONS™ Conference and how the technologies surrounding the smart home are starting to move into the mainstream. As he […]

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A Global Reach of People and Machines

The on-again rumor that Verizon Communications is attempting to purchase Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless is front page news in today’s Wall Street Journal. With the purported difference of $30B between what Verizon is offering and what Vodafone wants, it is unclear whether this time a deal will be reached. What may not be […]

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A Steady Mobile Payments Wave

The NFC (Near Field Communications, not National Football Conference) wave for payments is on the horizon. As Parks Associates’ Jennifer Kent suggests in the above video interview, progress on mobile payments is steady. An initiative to convert payment terminals to include NFC capability (EMV) by 2015 will be a big driver for mobile payments at […]

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The Jury Is Out As To Who Will Bring It Together

“In some respects, the jury is still out,” said Frank LaBarbera, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Affinegy. LaBarbara was talking about the notion that there might not more than one entity, whether it is service provider, retailer or manufacturer, who brings together all the disparate devices in the home. In the above […]

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Scaling Apps Through Open APIs

Unlocking the value of the data that already exists in various databases is what Steve Wilmott of co-founder and CEO of 3scale discusses in this interview. 3Scale helps entities create the Application Programming Interfaces and manage the back-end to allow proprietary databases to interface to mobile and other applications, such as connected TVs or even the […]

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The Personal Cloud Is About Functionality

“Today we are really looking more at the functional side of the personal cloud, rather than just the storage,” said Brett Sappington of Parks Associates. In this interview, filmed at CONNECTIONS , Sappington was referring to the idea that features beyond storage are driving customers to adopt the use of cloud for doing things that […]

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