Smart home webcast reveals new opportunities in Europe for security, energy, and controls

New research from Parks Associates finds 10-15% of U.K. broadband households would adopt a home control service with a £49.99/month service fee.

Dallas, Texas, June 6, 2013 - New research from Parks Associates finds 10-15% of U.K. broadband households would adopt a home control service with a £49.99/month service fee. The international research firm will co-host the webcast "Outlook for the Smart Home in Europe" with Securitas Direct - Verisure on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. Central European Time (9:00 GMT; 4 a.m. U.S. CT).

This webcast, with market insight from Parks Associates and industry perspectives from Deutsche Telekom (Qivicon), Samsung, and Securitas Direct - Verisure, focuses on the market for connected products and related services in Europe, including emerging opportunities for hardware manufacturers, software developers, and service providers.

• Key conditions for growth of smart home markets
• Current adoption and usage of connected devices, including smartphones and tablets
• Consumer interest in home safety, security, energy, and controls solutions
• Opportunities for key market players

• Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls and Energy, Parks Associates
• Jean C. Kiessling, Head of Business Development and Portfolio Management, Deutsche Telekom (Qivicon)
• Vassilis Seferidis, Director, European Business Development, Samsung
• Dick Seger, CEO, Securitas Direct - Verisure

"The technology to connect individual devices to the Internet is being applied to numerous products and services, transforming them and adding new value propositions and business models to mature markets," Kerber said. "In addition, traditionally separate industry verticals, which meet in the home, are being forced together. Security, energy, home controls, communication, and entertainment services are all converging, offering services that overlap, and creating new competition and partnership opportunities."

Parks Associates data:

• 23% of broadband households in the U.K. have an electronic home security system. Less than 20% have one in France and Belgium, and only 6% of German households have a system.
• By 2020, the U.K. and Spain will have over 20 million smart meters. France and Germany will exceed 30 million.
• 30-40% of broadband households in the U.K., France, Germany, and Belgium rank smoke/fire detectors as the most important connected home control capability.
• One-third of German broadband households prefer a home security company to provide connected home monitoring equipment and services. Utilities are the second-most preferred provider but do not score more than 20% of households among any European country.

Webcast registration is at For information, contact, 972-490-1113.

About Parks Associates
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.

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