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CONNECTIONS(TM) Europe: Smartphone purchases driving new security and energy solutions for service providers

Parks Associates finds one-third of French and German, 45% of U.K. broadband households recently purchased smartphones

(PresseBox) (Dallas, Texas, ) Parks Associates European research finds roughly one-third of German and French broadband households and 45% of U.K. broadband households purchased a smartphone in the last six months. These devices are leading the increase in connected and mobile CE adoption among Western European households, which is opening new options for service providers in security and energy offerings.

The research firm will host CONNECTIONS(TM) Europe: Monetization Strategies for the Connected Home November 12-13, Mövenpick Hotel, Amsterdam. The event features the session "Integration of Security and Energy into Service Provider Offerings," where executives from AlertMe, Amdocs, npower, Linear, and Securitas Direct - Verisure will discuss business opportunities for service providers entering the home controls market.

"Already 10-12% of broadband households in the U.K. and France own a home control solution where they can control a device such as a thermostat or security camera via a smartphone or PC," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "Safety and security applications resonate strongly with European consumers, but aversion to monthly fees means providers need to offer different flavors of service, from self-monitoring options to professional services, in order to attract new consumers and build solid recurring revenues. We will discuss these strategies with leading platform and service providers at CONNECTIONS(TM) Europe."

"Integration of Security and Energy into Service Provider Offerings," November 12 at 11:15, features the following speakers:

Michel Arrede, Head of Marketing, Amdocs Connected Home, Amdocs
Simon Harrison, Product, Innovation, Technology & Trialling Manager, npower
Duane Paulson, Senior Vice President of Product and Market Development, Linear LLC
Dick Seger, CEO and President, Securitas Direct - Verisure
Mary Turner, CEO, AlertMe

CONNECTIONS(TM) Europe keynotes:

Paul Dawes, Executive Vice President, General Manager, iControl Networks
Dick Seger, CEO and President, Securitas Direct - Verisure
Patrice Slupowski, VP, Digital Innovation & Communities, Orange

CONNECTIONS(TM) Europe sponsors are iControl Networks, Amdocs, AT&T, PlanetEcosystems, SAFEVIEW, Securitas Direct - Verisure, Sigma Designs, Sutherland Global Services, AlertMe, Intamac, Linear, and INSTEON.

For more information, visit or contact, 972-490-1113.


The eighth-annual CONNECTIONS(TM) Europe, hosted by international market research firm Parks Associates, offers insights and high-level analysis on global consumer trends and the emerging business models, technologies, and services for the connected home.

The executive summit features expert research from Parks Associates and in-depth discussions and recommendations from industry experts focusing on access and entertainment and home management. The event addresses strategies, recommendations, and competitive analysis for manufacturers, operators, advertisers and others focused on revenue growth and partnership opportunities for the connected home.

For information about CONNECTIONS(TM) Europe, contact or call 972-490-1113. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending, please visit

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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 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(TM) Conference Series, and Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer.