Smart Grid, Home Monitoring, and Wireless Home Controls

Key Focus of CONNECTIONS™ Conference

Parks Associates has announced the speakers for the Home Controls and Energy Management track at CONNECTIONS™, which includes an opening keynote from Austin Energy's CIO. Multiple sessions at CONNECTIONS™ will feature executives from energy -focused companies discussing new innovations in home monitoring and controls, Smart Grid initiatives, and wireless home controls.


CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference & Showcase, hosted by Parks Associates, will take place June 2 -4, 2009, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The conference, now in its thirteenth year, has focused on home controls throughout its history, featuring Parks Associates' expert research and analysis, which finds that technological advances and increased broadband adoption are expanding current opportunities for residential energy management.

"Political, technological, and economic factors are aligning to create a market environment that supports the development of innovative energy management solutions in the U.S.," said Bill Ablondi, director, home systems research, Parks Associates. "There will be opportunities for manufacturers in smart appliances, utilities investing in Smart Grid technologies, and start -ups developing innovative energy management solutions. The challenge is to sort out which technological approaches will gain market traction. At CONNECTIONS™, we will discuss the technologies, the solutions, what works, and what doesn't."

Andres E. Carvallo, CIO, Austin Energy, will present the Keynote "Building the Smart Grid" on Thursday, June 4. Mr. Carvallo will discuss Austin Energy's efforts to build its Smart Grid, which will be live by August 2009. This initiative encompasses 440 square miles, 500,000 devices, 100 terabytes of data, one million consumers, and 43,000 businesses.

The panel "New Applications and Services in Home Monitoring & Controls," June 3 at 1:30 p.m., analyzes consumer demand and revenue opportunities for home systems. Speakers include:

Steve Cashman, Chief Strategy Officer, Exceptional Innovation
Jim Hunter, CTO & Chief Architect, 4Home
Jim Johnson, President & CEO, uControl

Mr. Ablondi will present findings from Parks Associates' new research project Residential Energy Management: Opportunities for Digital Systems and Services on June 4, 8:30 a.m., followed by "Bringing the Smart Grid to the Smart Home," which features panelists leading Smart Grid initiatives in the public and private sectors:

Sanket Amberkar, Marketing Manager, Network Systems Solutions, Cisco
Christopher Deutschen, Senior Manager, Product & Business Development, Direct Energy
Dr. Kenneth Wacks, Member, GridWise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy

"Wireless Home Controls: New Roles and Functionality," June 4 at 11:15 a.m., examines the trends, market opportunities, and design challenges in embedding wireless capabilities into traditional products. Speakers include:

Michelle Leyden Li, GM, Home Control Business Unit, Zilog
Ken Lowe, VP, Strategic Marketing, Sigma Designs
Mostafa Reza, Product Line Manager, IP Video Solutions Group, Motorola
Parag Sheth, VP, Corporate Marketing, Hillcrest Labs
Eric Smith, CTO, Control4

For more information on CONNECTIONS™, visit http://www.connectionsconference.com or contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972 -490 -1113.

About CONNECTIONS™

CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, hosted by leading research firm Parks Associates with support from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®), is the premier executive event focused on the market developments and growth factors for advanced digital lifestyle solutions.

http://www.connectionsconference.com


Contact: Elizabeth Parks
Parks Associates
972 -490 -1113
Email: eparks@parksassociates.com

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