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Exclusive: How Comcast Will Use Icontrol to Dominate Security, Home Automation Market

Comcast’s Dan Herscovici on the acquisition of Icontrol: new smart-home roadmap, a wholesale offering to other providers, thoughts on DIY, integration with TV and voice controls, IoT center in Austin, TX … and more.

Julie Jacobson · March 09, 2017

Alarm.com and Comcast Close Icontrol Acquisition: What Now?

Icontrol, a pioneer in cloud-based security and home automation, has been acquired by Alarm.com and Comcast, despite antitrust concerns. Here’s what could be in store for the players and the SHaaS (smart home as a service) landscape.

Julie Jacobson · March 09, 2017

IoT Loose Ends: Alarm.com, Icontrol, Comcast, Vivint, Qolsys, FTC and the Smart-Home Landscape

FTC scrutinizes acquisition of Icontrol by Alarm.com and Comcast; Vivint Smart Home cries foul; Who knew Alarm.com owned Zendo and a chunk of Qolsys?; and who are the IoT competitors these days?

Julie Jacobson · December 27, 2016

Inside Comcast: CXI Team Displays Customer Service, Engineering ‘Wizardry’

Among the technology being used by Comcast to assist integrators is software aptly named Einstein and X-ray that allows technicians to peer into a client’s MoCA network to components, transmission rates, Wi-Fi, number of STBs, HDCP encryption and more.

Jason Knott · July 12, 2016

How “Secret Life of Pets” Movie Is Making Home Automation & Security Mainstream

Comcast launches marketing campaign around Universal’s new animated film “Secret Life of Pets” complete with movie screenings, smart home tours and new features on Xfinity Home system.

CE Pro Editors · June 24, 2016

Comcast and Alarm.com Acquire Parts of Icontrol

Leading SHaaS (smart home as a service) provider Icontrol will be acquired by Comcast/Xfinity and longtime competitor Alarm.com.

CE Pro Editors · June 23, 2016

Who Will be the Next Icontrol?

If Icontrol is acquired by Comcast and Alarm.com, we’ll see a gaping hole in SHaaS (smart home as a service) providers for integrated home automation and professionally monitored security. Here are some likely contenders as the ‘next Icontrol’.

Julie Jacobson · June 17, 2016

In-Depth: If Comcast and Alarm.com Acquire Icontrol as Rumored

Leading SHaaS (smart home as a service) provider Icontrol is reportedly being sold to Comcast/Xfinity and erstwhile rival Alarm.com. What does this mean for the security and home automation market?

Julie Jacobson · June 16, 2016

Connected Home Security Market to Grow Almost 50% Through 2020

The report lists ADT, AT&T, Comcast, Honeywell Total Connect and Verizon as key vendors.

CE Pro Editors · March 28, 2016

Study Reveals Consumers Hate Home Automation Apps

Argus Insights study shows that consumers are frustrated with the user experience of many entry-level home automation apps. ADT, Philips, Comcast and AT&T systems in particular are dissed, while Vivint and Honeywell gain better marks.

Jason Knott · January 27, 2016