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Icontrol says it is victor in patent fight with

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Icontrol Networks says it has won its patent fight with says the solution to the "fight" was the result of a settlement with icontrol dated Jan. 1, 2014.  

In the latest activity, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this month canceled claims to’s claims to a patent about the use of a mobile app in smart home systems, saying the system was developed instead by icontrol.

Icontrol has been issued a new patent, covering methods and systems for interacting and synchronizing with home security and automation systems using mobile applications, according to icontrol.

“Recognition of icontrol as the inventor of this key mobile application technology for home control is a testament to the strength of our intellectual property, “ Richard Mosher, icontol’s general counsel, said in a prepared statement. “Early investments in developing our intellectual property portfolio have resulted in some of the earliest patent awards for cloud- and mobile-connected home solutions.”

The new icontol patent defines the mechanisms needed to deliver a mobile application that synchronizes with a premise security system, presents security system state information to the user and enables the user to in some way control the system.

“We focused on delivering home automation and remote control for mobile and cloud long before they were technology buzzwords, and we’re happy to see the USPTO recognizes our early leadership,” Bob Hagerty, icontrol CEO said in the statement.

Icontrol, contacted by Security Systems News, declined to comment further on the ruling beyond its prepared statement. announced in 2014 that it had and settled and dismissed all patent infringement lawsuits between the two companies, including litigation involving Telular Corp. and FrontPoint Security.

"As part of the agreement, and iControl each retain all ownership and rights to their respective patents and have also expanded their respective portfolios of licensed intellectual property via certain cross-licensing agreements. The patents included in the cross-license agreement represent some of the earliest, seminal intellectual property for Connected Home technology today. The respective CEOs of each company commented that they were pleased to reach resolution around these serious intellectual property matters and each company is looking forward to refocusing on its customer’s deployments," said in the prepared statement. declined to comment further.
's commercial move solidifying

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, the interactive services platform provider, made its first foray into the commercial market, with the purchase, earlier this year of Secure-i. Here's that story.

Its recent integration with Tyco Security Products marks another move for the interactive services platform provider into the small-to-medium commercial market.

Tyco is integrating its PowerSeries Neo platform with’s cloud-based services (interactive security, intelligent automation, video monitoring and energy management solutions). This, Tyco said, gives dealers the opportunity to offer small-to-medium commercial customers "simple and scalable" interactive services.

PowerSeries Neo "combines the flexibility of a modular, hardwired system with the simplicity of a wide range of compatible wireless devices," Tyco said. This platform uses PowerG wireless intrusion capabilities for a hybrid intrusion system. PowerSeries Neo features built-in Z-Wave capabilities through CDMA and HSPA (3G) communicators.

“We’re excited to bring the next generation of smart technology to the commercial space with the PowerSeries Neo powered by,” Dan Kerzner, chief product officer,, said in a prepared statement.

“We have seen smart home technology dramatically improve the safety and efficiency of homes and create more value for our dealer partners, and we believe there are significant opportunities in the commercial market to help business owners manage their locations, secure their properties and make them more efficient.”

Tim Myers, director of product management, Intrusion, Tyco Security Products said in a prepared statement that “The integration of PowerSeries Neo and uniquely anticipates the future needs of the connected environment, whether a residence or a multi-tenant commercial property, and provides infinite opportunities to maximize the system."

What do you know—We will be talking about this very development at Cloud+, SSN's new conference focused entirely on cloud-based technology. Here's a story about the conference and here's a link to the website.

Home automation should be smart, but simple


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

IoT ripe for monitoring

It’s not a threat but an opportunity, ESX panelists say

BALTIMORE—Consumers with home automation systems most trust security companies to monitor them, according to “Monetizing the IoT” panelists at ESX 2015. That’s a fact that the industry needs to embrace for future success, they said.

Don’t run from DIY, pros say at ESX 2015

Learn from it and leverage it

BALTIMORE—DIY is everywhere, the consumer-driven products are polished and are connected to powerful mobile apps, and it’s up to traditional security companies to decide whether they’re going to embrace it or dismiss it, according to panelists at ESX 2015. sets price at $14 per share

Stock to begin trading on NASDAQ today

VIENNA, Va.— Holdings Inc. has priced its initial public offering of 7 million shares of common stock at $14 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on NASDAQ today, June 26, under “ALRM,” according to the company. customers can stream on TV with new app


VIENNA, Va.— has a new app for Amazon Fire TV that allows customers to conveniently view live HD video streams from cameras around their home on their TVs.

Prime time for IPO

Interactive services provider files for $75m IPO

VIENNA, Va.—It has been a year since reports surfaced that owner ABS wanted to exit its investment. The wait may have been worthwhile, according to experts who spoke to Security Systems News. Now is a good time for, a fast-growing, market-leading provider of interactive services, to go public, they say.

Former Vivint CFO on the IPO

Wednesday, May 27, 2015's announcement that it will go public has a lot of people talking inside and outside of the security industry. Many of the insiders, however, will not talk on the record, at least not right now.  

I was interested in talking to someone who knows IPOs, understands the security industry and is familiar with, and I came up with Chris Black. Black is the former CFO of Vivint who helped Vivint prepare for the sale to Blackstone. He's also helped other companies go public. Today he works outside of the industry as CFO of Viamedia and as a board member of Sports Information Group which owns the Daily Racing Form.  

In an email interview Black called "a terrific company with a strong management team that I gained a lot of respect for during my interactions with them while I was at Vivint."

He said an IPO can "have a transformational impact on the business" and a positive affect on the industry.

"The IPO will provide them with access to another source of capital to continue to grow the business and invest in new products and opportunities. I also think it is a great event for the security industry as a whole. It serves as further validation of the space and will bring in new equity investors that may or may not have looked at security companies in the past,"

The only potential downside, Black said "is the amount of time the management team, particularly the CEO and CFO, are required to spend on investor relations activities including calls with equity analysts, investors and presentations at equity conferences and the like."

How might the IPO affect customers?

"This is really just another form of financing the growth of the business and shouldn't have an immediate impact on's customers one way or the other. Longer term, one could assume that access to public equity will allow the company to invest in the business and continue to develop new products and enhance existing ones either organically or through acquisitions, or both," he said.

Goings-on at Guardian

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Guardian Protection Services has been busy lately, rolling out a new funding process for dealers and a new mobile app for customers along with a rebranding initiative during its 65th year.

A meeting with Guardian at ISC West last week didn’t come off as planned, so this week I caught up by phone with Joseph Lininger, VP of marketing, to talk about recent activity at the super-regional.

Guardian will now pay authorized dealers on a daily basis as opposed to a weekly basis for the accounts it purchases. “If the account is approved on Monday, the dealer gets paid on Tuesday,” Lininger said.

The change in payment processing was made to boost dealers’ cash flow to help optimize their operations. Guardian invested in proprietary software to accommodate the change.

Guardian also has released a mobile app for its customers who use the platform to control their homes. Developed for both iOs and Android, the app provides remote access to home security and automation systems through an Internet connection. Future upgrades will include more functions, added Guardian services and special messages.

The new dealer program and the app come on the heels of Guardian’s recent rebranding. A new logo and tag line—“At the Heart of Your Connected Home”—for resi and builder business divisions are in place to give customers “the correct perception of Guardian as a customer-centric technology firm specializing in security and automation while providing the most reliable, technologically advanced services to homes and businesses,” the company said in its announcement.

The rebranding project, which took a year to complete, was initiated to reflect the company’s evolution and position it for the future, Lininger said.

“We always keep our brand awareness at the top of our mind, Lininger said.