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iControl Acquires Piper, Adding to Cloud-Based Security/Home Automation Platforms

iControl, the cloud-based platform that powers security and home automation services from ADT and cable companies, acquires Blacksumac, maker of Piper self-contained camera and control system.

Piper from Blacksumac, acquired by iControl, is more than a Web cam. It features a fisheye camera, multiple security and environmental sensors, Z-Wave home automation and a cloud-based service.
Julie Jacobson · April 9, 2014

iControl, provider of a leading cloud-based security and interactive home automation platform, has acquired Blacksumac, maker of the Piper DIY surveillance and control system launched last year via Indiegogo.

Piper packs cloud-enabled security, Z-Wave home automation, a unique panoramic video camera, and multiple sensors into a standalone DIY device, making it “way smarter” than Canary (as I wrote last year), a similarly hyped product that also launched through crowdfunding last year.

The acquisition puts iControl into the hardware business, a departure from its software-centric focus.

The press release announcing the acquisition (next page) suggests Piper will become a “platform” within iControl’s existing SaaS portfolio that includes:

iControl Converge (OpenHome), used by Xfinity/Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and other cable companies and telcos, featuring a ZigBee-centric ecosystem and a self-contained touchscreen controller; acquired from uControl in 2010.

iControl Connect, used by ADT Pulse and emerging solutions from other security-centric providers.

iControl Touchstone, a DIY platform recently deployed by Xfinity/Comcast

Stay tuned to CE Pro for more insights into the acquisition.

The press release follows.

Verizon Drops DIY Security/Home Automation Initiative (2014)
Piper DIY Security/Home Automation Camera is Way Smarter than Canary (2013)
In Depth: Canary Smart Camera Has Sensors, Alerts, Siren, No Home Automation (2013)
Pricing, Details on Xfinity DIY Home Automation and iControl Touchstone (2013)
iControl, uControl Merger: Implications for Cable, ZigBee, Automation (2010)
Architecture of ADT Pulse: What it Can & Can’t Do (2010)

  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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Security · News · Blacksumac · iControl · Piper · uControl · All Topics
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