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Icontrol expands through Developer Program


REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Icontrol Networks brought new connected home offerings into its ecosystem through the company’s Developer Program: LG’s Smart Refrigerator, SkyBell HD Wi-Fi video doorbell, and Bttn’s Wi-Fi Smart Button.

ADT gets into the Ring

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ADT announced earlier this week that the Ring video doorbell is now available for its customers nationwide. While the Ring has made some noise in the smart doorbell category, there are many options to choose from when it comes to this first-line-of-defense product for homeowners.

Others who have had success with doorbell cameras include Vivint, Skybell and August, to name just a few.

As more and more consumers begin to embrace smart home products like the video doorbell, dealers are adding these devices to their security and home-automation offerings, and partnering and integrating with others to provide a complete home automation and security package.

For example, ADT customers can incorporate the Ring video doorbell as part of their ADT Pulse smart home security system and lock their door, turn on their lights, and activate their ADT security system directly within the Ring app, all while seeing who is at the door.

Similarly, Vivint’s Doorbell Camera, which won a 2016 Innovation Award from the Business Intelligence Group earlier this year, works with its smart home platform, so homeowners can engage in two-way conversations with visitors on their doorsteps from their mobile devices, while simultaneously using Vivint’s smart home technology to remotely unlock the front door, open the garage door, disarm their security system, for example.

On the supplier side, SkyBell, which was nominated for a CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award, has integrated with Nest, Amazon Echo, Honeywell,, Monitronics, Kwikset, Icontrol Networks and IFTTT, all in an effort to allow complete control of a homeowner’s security and smart home system.

And the August Doorbell Cam is part of the August Smart Home Access System, so all of the August Home products, along with its app, work together. August is also integrating with other companies, such as Honeywell, which recently integrated the August Smart Lock with its Total Connect 2.0 Remote Services platform.

For many homeowners, the video doorbell is their first-foray into smart home technology, and it is helping to drive the continued growth of other security cameras and smart home devices and apps. 

In fact, new research that came out this week from Parks Associates estimates that nearly 24 percent of U.S. broadband households will have an IP camera by 2020, while more than 50 percent will have a smart home controller and 26 percent will have a home security system.

What this study and others like it are finding is interest in products like the video doorbell is driving consumer interest in security, which can only benefit security dealers moving forward.



Home automation should be smart, but simple


YARMOUTH, Maine—Home automation experts have heard the message loud and clear: simplify, simplify, simplify.

Icontrol adds 11 devices to growing OpenHome ecosystem


REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Icontrol Networks, a provider of connected home technology and innovation, announced June 11 that it has certified eleven new devices through its OpenHome Partner Program.

Cableco’s home security solution powered by iControl


REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Connected home technology provider iControl Networks announced May 1 that its iControl Converge software platform is powering the Bright House Networks Home Security & Control solution., iControl, Telular end patent infringement cases

Now iControl and have a cross-licensing agreement that allows subscribers of either company to access patents covered under the agreement

YARMOUTH, Maine—Patent infringement lawsuits involving, iControl Networks and Telular have all been dismissed, the companies announced this week.

iControl woos app developers

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This week, iControl Networks, the software platform used by ADT’s Pulse, and a number of cable companies, including Comcast's Xfinity Home, Time Warner Cable's IntelligentHome and Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, announced that it’s launching an Android App Partner Program, called the “FastTrack App Partner Program.”

It’s an initiative that will “allows Android apps to be easily and quickly certified compatible with touch screens that support the iControl Converge deployment solution, which powers leading home solutions,” iControl said.

In a prepared statement, Jason Domangue, iControl's VP of ecosystem development, said that program opens a new distribution channel for app developers. "FastTrack makes it easy and seamless for app developers to team with leading cable service providers for in-home distribution, and increases comfort and convenience for consumers by providing unique, innovative apps tailored for the smart home."

IControl announced the first five members of the partner program: Life360, which provides location and communication for families; MapQuest, which provides maps and traffic information; News Republic, which provides customizable global news alerts; TuneIn, which provides online radio and music streaming, and the Weather Channel, which provides detailed forecasts and future radar.

An app developers kit is available on the company’s website. “Certified applications will live in iControl's marketplace and become accessible to millions of consumers around the globe,” the company said.

iControl Networks sues, FrontPoint Security

Lawsuit seeks damages, injunction

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Home technology provider iControl Networks on July 10 filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competitor and FrontPoint Security, an customer.

Canadian telecom and cableco expanding home security reach

Canadian giants Bell Aliant and Rogers Communications will offer security/home automation solutions—both powered by iControl’s software—in major eastern cities in that country this year

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia and TORONTO—Canadian telecommunications company Bell Aliant and Canadian cable company Rogers Communications recently announced they’re bringing professionally installed and monitored home security/home automation to Atlantic Canada this year.

iControl/Time Warner Cable sell home security/home automation together

iControl: Telecoms good partners because they are ‘very, very focused’ on the space

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Software provider iControl Networks this week announced a new partnership with Time Warner Cable, in which Time Warner’s IntelligentHome security and home automation solution is being powered by iControl software.