Report: Consumers Prefer Smartphones Over Smart Speakers for Smart Home Control

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Nearly nine in 10 consumers see the smartphone as the controller for smart home devices, more than double the amount that see digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home serving that purpose, according to a new smart home preferences report from GfK. Unsurprisingly,...Learn More

Parks: Smartphone Control Increases Consumer Likelihood of Purchasing Home Security

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Consumer likelihood of purchasing home security increases if customers have physical and contractual control, according to Parks Associates. Almost one in five people who have resisted buying home security systems say they are very likely to take the plunge if the system can be smartphone...Learn More

Fast Growing Adoption of Video Doorbells will Help Smart Home Video Cameras Reach $9.7B in Sales by 2023

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The global market for smart home surveillance cameras will surpass the $9.7 billion mark by 2023, according to a smart home surveillance camera forecast from Strategy Analytics. Growth in the category will be driven by cameras with full software and service feature sets that are...Learn More

Wireless Economic Impact Study: Industry Contributes $475 Billion Annually to U.S. GDP

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The wireless industry, directly and indirectly, contributed $475 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2016, according to a new wireless economic impact study conducted by Accenture for CTIA – The Wireless Association. That figure represented 2.6% of U.S. GDP for the year. The...Learn More

Parks: Smart Home Devices Driving Higher Demand for Tech Support, But Computer Problems are in Steady Decline

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Consumer computer problems, as well as problems with entertainment devices are declining steadily year-over-year, dropping by more than 50% since 2014, according to a new report from Parks Associates. However, smart home devices are creating more problems in households, according to the report. Thirty-four percent...Learn More

BARC Electric Cooperative Chooses Calix Carrier Class Wi-Fi

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PETALUMA, Calif., March 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Calix, Inc. (NYSE:CALX), today announced BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) and its BARC Connectssubsidiary have selected Calix Mesh Enhanced Carrier Class Wi-Fi and Calix Cloud to deliver managed, whole home Wi-Fi services for their rapidly growing subscriber base in Virginia. BARC has already launched a  multi-year, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network...Learn More

Consumer Research on Smart Home Installation: Over 33% Struggle

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More than one-third of U.S. adults have problems setting up or operating connected devices, according to research from iQor, a managed service provider focused on customer support. The survey says that consumers take more than eight steps to resolve technical problems or issues concerning their...Learn More

Vivint Smart Home Introduces Streety, Smart Home Security to the Neighborhood

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January 08, 2018 — LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Streety provides a simple and secure way to help neighbors look out for each other and solve problems together Today at CES 2018, Vivint Smart Home, the leading smart home services provider in North America, unveiled Streety, a free app that...Learn More

ITS Telecom Launches Whole Home Wi-Fi, Eyes Carrier Smart Home Opportunities

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ITS Telecom, an independent telco serving rural Florida, recently launched what the company is calling Whole Home Wi-Fi, an offering aimed at providing coverage throughout customers’ homes. That capability, in turn, will enable carrier smart home opportunities, explained Jeff Leslie, ITS Telecom CEO, in an...Learn More

Report: Sense of Security is Key Driver for DIY Smart Home

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The security market is expanding due to do-it-yourself (DIY) products and innovative service offerings, according to a new DIY smart home survey from Parks Associates. The firm said that the DIY approach–which features on-demand, no-contract monitoring options—will expand the market, especially among younger consumers. Nest,...Learn More

Altice USA Home Networking Portfolio Now Includes Nest Product Line

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Cable MSO Altice USA will begin marketing Nest connected home products and services across its footprint, which consists of Optimum and Suddenlink operations. The products include Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Thermostat E, Nest Protect smoke and CO alarm and Nest Cams. The Altice USA home...Learn More

Calix EXOS Aims to Build an Operating System for the Smart Home, Business

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Calix unveiled their Experience Operating System (EXOS) at the Calix ConneXions event, taking place in Las Vegas this week. Calix EXOS is an OS for the smart home and business, a managed IoT service of sorts, which they refer to as the “world’s first premises...Learn More

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