Voice Controls and Smart Home: Optimizing Product Design

Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 | 11 am CT (9 am PT)

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46% of US broadband households own a smart speaker or smart display.

This webinar, featuring Parks Associates data on the growing use of voice control for home security and automation, evaluates the various methods for providing voice control that work for the product design process while ensuring quality of service for mission-critical use cases.

Voice control has quickly taken a leading role in how consumers experience the connected home. Product manufacturers and service providers increasingly enable voice control for products as varied as security systems, smoke detectors, lights, wearables, and smart TVs. Reliable voice can be a compelling interface for mission-critical events, such as emergency detection and response, while two-way voice support opens new use cases in the connected home. Product manufacturers must decide how to incorporate voice control into their products – embedded voice, “works with” APIs – and which voice standards to support.

Discussion Topics

  • Consumer data on voice control: smart speaker/display adoption, multiple speakers per household, integration of voice, voice as an interface for security systems/products
  • Benefits of combining voice and data for product design
  • Use cases that need reliable QoS
  • Two-way voice use cases


Avi Barel Avi Barel, Director, Business Development, ULE Alliance
Twitter ID: @avibarel1912

Avi has over 30 years of broad high tech experience, ranging from software development, semiconductor, engineering and business management. Avi joined the ULE Alliance in April 2013 as the Director of Business Development and actively leading the promotion of the ULE technology worldwide. Prior to ULE Alliance, at DSP Group, served as the Corporate Vice President of sales for 8 years. Before joining DSP Group established and managed Winbond subsidiary in Israel for 5 years, developing semiconductor products for speech processing and communication, managing team of 50+ engineers. At National Semiconductor held variety of engineering, engineering management and business management positions; involved in development and management of award winning, innovative projects. Avi holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

Doug Bellenger Doug Bellenger, Head of Product, DIY, ADT

Doug Bellenger is senior director, product management, at ADT where he directs product management for ADT smart home security. Doug has led product development and user experience teams in the security, smart home and video industries for nearly a decade.  Prior to joining ADT through an acquisition, he lead product development at DIY security company, LifeShield.  At ADT, Doug lead the development of ADT’s first line of DIY smart home security products created completely in-house. He received a MBA from Drexel University in Technology Management and a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jean Claude Bennoun Jean Claude Bennoun, Business Development Consultant, Crow Electronic Engineering Ltd

Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected Health, Connected Home Technologies and Services, Connected Entertainment Products and Services

Jennifer manages the research department and Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. Jennifer also leads and advises on syndicated and custom research projects across all connected consumer verticals and guides questionnaire development for Parks Associates’ extensive consumer analytics survey program. Jennifer is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Jennifer earned her PhD in religion, politics, and society and an MA in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her BA in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

	 Bill Scheffler Bill Scheffler, VP, Business Development ULE, DSP Group / Synaptics

Bill Scheffler is a long-time fixture in the smart home world with many years driving the growth of connectivity technologies that make smart home easy and affordable for consumers. He currently leads business development for Synaptics (Nasdaq: SYNA) one of the world’s most innovative intelligent system providers, a role he retained after Synaptics’ acquisition of DSP Group where Bill has been driving the ULE technology adoption in the smart home and security channels in North America. Prior to Synaptics Bill was a major player on the Zensys and then Sigma Designs team that built the Z-Wave ecosystem leading to the Z-Wave business unit being acquired by Silicon Labs in 2018.

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