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Parks Associates: Voice Control is a Key Differentiator for Smart Home

44% of U.S. broadband households use voice controls on Internet-connected devices

DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 11/30/16 -- Parks Associates analysts and industry speakers will address consumer use of voice control and implications of new voice control products like Amazon Echo and Google Home in the IoT at CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES on January 5, 2017, at the Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4405, in Las Vegas.

Parks Associates research finds that 44% of U.S. broadband households have used voice control functions on at least one of their connected platforms, including 64% of heads of household ages 18-24. These high usage rates among millennials indicate voice controls are quickly becoming the preferred means of interaction with Internet-connected devices, and younger consumers especially will see greater value in new smart home platforms with voice as standard in the user interface.

"The emergence of voice control in personal digital assistants like the Amazon Echo has helped expand this type of interface as a key differentiator throughout the IoT," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "Developers in the smart home, entertainment, and connected car ecosystems are launching strategies to add voice control to their solutions. At CONNECTIONS™ Summit, we will discuss the opportunities to create value for consumers through integration, partnerships, and changing business models."

CONNECTIONS™ Summit: Engaging Consumers: IoT and the Smart Home features six sessions on the smart home and strategies to monetize IoT connected platforms. The Summit concludes with a Networking Reception, sponsored by Homematic IP. The speakers and participants include key companies working to create consumer engagement for connected devices and products.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit sessions include:

Creating New Value in the Connected Home: Integration, Partnerships, and Privacy
IoT Crossover: Smart Home, Entertainment, Appliances, Cars, and Energy
The Role of Connected Health Services in the Smart Home
IoT and Smart Home: Seamless Interoperability
IoT: Support Services and Managing the Experience
IoT and Smart Home: Changing Business Models

Companies speaking at the event include:

A&D Medical
Alarm.com
Amazon
American Family Ventures
Cirrent
Comcast
eQ-3 AG
Ericsson
EVRYTHNG, Inc.
Galaxywind Network Systems Co., Ltd.
General Motors
Greenwave Systems
Icontrol Networks
Nest
NXP Semiconductors
Philips
Qualcomm
ROC-Connect
Samsung Electronics America
Sears Holdings Corporation
Support.com
Sutherland Global Services
Target
Thread Group
TROVE
Vivint Smart Home
Vodafone

Early CONNECTIONS™ Summit sponsors include Homematic IP, Vivint Smart Home, Arrayent, Carrier, Cirrent, EVRYTHNG, Galaxywind, Greenwave Systems, Hampton Products, Icontrol Networks, NXP, ROC-Connect, Support.com, Sutherland Global Services, and TROVE.

Media and organizations supporting the event include Antenna Group, Appliance DESIGN Magazine, B2 Group, BayPay Forum, Best Web Design Agencies, bestseos.com, Cablefax, CIOReview, Conference Guru, CrowdReviews, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, FierceCable, FierceMobileIT, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceTelecom, FierceWireless, HomeGrid Forum, IPSO Alliance, MoCA, Open Connectivity Foundation, PharmaVOICE, SmartGridSpain, TelcoProfessionals, Thread Group, TopSEOs.com, and Visibility Magazine.

To register for CONNECTIONS™ Summit, visit http://bit.ly/CONN_Summit. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com.

For more information on Parks Associates research or events, visit www.parksassociates.com, or contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113. Parks Associates will be at Booth #41073 in Sands A-D throughout CES 2017.

About CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES
CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES
is an annual research and industry event hosted by international research firm Parks Associates at CES in Las Vegas. The executive event features one day of panel discussions on the smart home, Internet of Things (IoT), and connected entertainment, with trends and implications for connected consumers and opportunities for companies to build new revenues and innovative business models. The 2017 CONNECTIONS™ Summit will take place January 5 during CES, which runs January 5-8 in Las Vegas. Follow the event on Twitter at @CONN_Summit. http//www.connectionssummit.com

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Holly Sprague
Parks Associates
720.987.6614
hsprague@gmail.com

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