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Monitronics prefers

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 will continue to be the preferred supplier of smart home technology for Monitronics and its dealers, announced today.

“We are committed to giving our customers and dealers the best technology options available and our renewed partnership with positions us to continue to capitalize on the rapidly growing smart home and home automation services category,” Bruce Mungiguerra, SVP of Operations for Monitronics, said in a prepared statement.

“’s partner services are also key to efficiently supporting and managing accounts across our dealer programs, and help deliver the exceptional customer experience that is so important to our business,” Mungiguerra said in the release.’s Partner Services Platform offers customer acquisition programs, streamlined installation apps, remote troubleshooting and support capability, and business advice.

Steve Trundle,’s president and CEO, said in the statement, “We place great value on our long-term strategic partnership with Monitronics and we are excited to reaffirm our commitment going forward so that we can each provide great services to the leading independent security dealers in North America.”

Panel: Biz can learn lessons from smart home tech

It should be easy to enter commercial market, they say

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—Smart home technology can and should bleed over into commercial market, especially for small business, according to three platform providers who spoke at the Cloud+ conference, held here. enhances Smart Solution to protect homes from water damage


VIENNA, Va.— has expanded its Smart Home Security solutions with a Water solution. A combination of sensors, devices and cloud services will detect water leaks, alert homeowners and proactively respond to minimize damage.

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.