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IHS weighs in on smart home deals

Focus is shifting from hardware to software and platforms
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04/03/2017

LONDON—IHS Markit sees disruption in the professional smart home market; Blake Kozak, IHS’ principal analyst, smart home and security technology, talked with Security Systems News about recent smart home deals and what they mean for the industry.

Comcast completes acquisition of Icontrol business unit

Company looks to expand on Icontrol’s wholesale platform business
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03/13/2017

PHILADELPHIA—Comcast finalized its acquisition of a business unit within Icontrol, specifically the Converge platform. The company will bring Icontrol’s Austin-based facility and wholesale customer base into the fold while looking ahead at other opportunities.

Comcast and Alarm.com to acquire Icontrol

Alarm.com to pay $140m for Connect and Piper businesses; Comcast to acquire Converge business for undisclosed price
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06/23/2016

TYSONS, Va. and PHILADELPHIA—Interactive services platform provider Alarm.com and cable giant Comcast today signed agreements to acquire different business units of platform provider Icontrol Networks, based in Redwood City, Calif.

Comcast and Alarm.com reportedly in talks to acquire Icontrol

Alarm.com could win ADT business if deal goes through
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06/15/2016

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Interactive services platform provider Alarm.com and cable giant Comcast are in talks to acquire platform provider Icontrol Networks, according to several sources who spoke to Security Systems News, and published reports.

Icontrol expands its developer program

Company credits cloud integration capability for the six added companies
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01/12/2016

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Icontrol added Honeywell, LG Electronics and other big names as integration partners in early January.

Panel: Biz can learn lessons from smart home tech

It should be easy to enter commercial market, they say
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12/15/2015

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.

Icontrol says it is victor in patent fight with Alarm.com

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Icontrol Networks says it has won its patent fight with Alarm.com. Alarm.com 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 Alarm.com’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.

Alarm.com 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, Alarm.com 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," Alarm.com said in the prepared statement. 

Alarm.com declined to comment further.

 

 

 

It’s all about the Millennials

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It’s the Millennials who are the biggest DIY buyers, according to ESX 2015 panelists at a “DIY Security—Competition or Opportunity” discussion. 

Icontrol’s 2015 State of the Smart Home Report, a nationwide survey which Security System News conducted and has reported on earlier, also found that the Millennial generation, loosely defined as those born in the early 1980s to the early 2000s, are big consumers of home automation. You can read more about the survey at the above link, but here a few new tidbits from it from its recent official release.

The report said, “U.S. consumers aged 25-34 express a higher level of excitement around the following benefits of the smart home:

  • Greater productivity and ability to manage work-life balance, 40 percent vs. 23 percent of consumers overall.
  • Making it easier to enjoy music, movies and web surfing anywhere in the house, 26 percent vs. 18 percent.
  • Helping anticipate the needs, such as shopping lists and minor repairs, 24 percent vs. 18 percent.
  • More interactive features that help me connect with the people in my life, 21 percent vs. 13 percent.”

Entertainment has emerged as a smart home driver, icontrol found. Interest in the entertainment link has grown to 55 percent since last year’s report. Consumers want their entertainment rooms connected to their smart home, followed by their kitchens and bedrooms. 

A challenge is getting that younger generation to move from DIY to traditional security providers, according to Brian Leland of Interlogix and Sterling Barnes of Melaleuca Security, the panelists at the ESX discussion. You'll be able to read more about the ESX DIY panel later, so stay tuned, please. 

The icontrol report had some other great factoids as well, so stay tuned for more info on that as well. 

Icontrol’s new CMO aims for ‘frustration-free’ customer experience

Consumers now seek simplicity, integration, she says
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05/06/2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Icontrol’s new chief marketing officer wants to ensure that consumers and dealers have an all-around “frustration-free” experience when interacting with the company.

Survey: Dealers cite cost as barrier to adding home automation

That’s a misperception, says Icontrol’s Greg Roberts
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04/08/2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—A majority of residential security dealers thinks adding home automation services to their traditional offerings is cost prohibitive. That’s a big misperception, according to Greg Roberts, VP of marketing for Icontrol, and one that could put providers at a significant disadvantage in today’s marketplace.

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