Parks Associates' Smart Energy Summit addresses impact of cloud services and connected devices on energy management solutions

Research and strategy conference will be held February 28-March 1 in Austin, Texas

Parks Associates' third -annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 28 -March 1, 2012, in Austin, Texas, will focus on consumer interest and adoption of current REM (residential energy management) cloud solutions and integration of remote monitoring applications with connected and mobile CE.

The summit features executive presentations and industry analysts, managers, and strategists in panel discussions on the state of the market and the emergent consumer and business opportunities as the market develops and deploys advanced REM solutions.

Parks Associates' research indicates utilities had installed 23 million AMI -capable meters on U.S. residences at the end of 2010. By the end of 2015, more than 55 million meters will be installed on 45% of U.S. households, with 10% enabled to communicate with systems and devices in the home.

"Consumers are interested in ways to reduce energy consumption and maximize efficiency at home. Connected devices, smart grids, and REM technologies offer new opportunities for industry players to meet these needs," said Tricia Parks, CEO, Parks Associates. "Smart Energy Summit will identify the business opportunities and best strategies in matching consumer interest with specific solutions, including cloud -based services that extend to popular platforms such as tablets and smartphones."

Event topics:
-Forecasts and current status: smart grid and smart meter deployments, home area network (HAN) solutions, and independent energy management products and services
-Assessment of Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 2.0
-Strategies and tactics to engage consumers
-Privacy and security issues that come with managing consumer data
-Business models driving revenue growth
-Opportunities and business strategies for broadband service providers, security firms, HVAC maintenance contractors, utilities, manufacturers, and installers
-Consumer interest and expectations regarding energy -focused, cloud -based services and other energy management solutions
-Competitive assessments of current industry participants

For information or to submit to speak, visit, or contact, 972 -490 -1113.

About Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer is an annual three -day event hosted by international research firm Parks Associates. The event examines the opportunities and technical and business requirements in energy -related consumer programs and advanced systems and services. The event offers a unique combination of industry expertise, extensive consumer research, and insightful market analyses and forecasts.

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