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

By Julie Jacobson · December 27, 2016 • 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 / CE Pro)

Large Utah Integrator Rebrands to Target Smart Home Market

By Jason Knott · October 20, 2016 • AMP Security has announced a new name — AMP Smart — and unveiled a new home automation package using Qolsys equipment and Alarm.com service.

Alarm.com Sees Significant SaaS and License Revenue Growth in Q2 2016

By Rodney Bosch · August 17, 2016 • Alarm.com revenue rose 24 percent to $64.4 million from last year, beating Wall Street's projections of $58.6 million.

Comcast and Alarm.com Acquire Parts of Icontrol

By CE Pro Editors · June 23, 2016 • Leading SHaaS (smart home as a service) provider Icontrol will be acquired by Comcast/Xfinity and longtime competitor Alarm.com.

Who Will be the Next Icontrol?

By Julie Jacobson · June 17, 2016 • 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 / CE Pro)

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

By Julie Jacobson · June 16, 2016 • 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 / CE Pro)

Alarm.com Reports SaaS, License Revenue Increase 25% in Q1 2016

By Rodney Bosch · May 11, 2016 • Strong first quarter results show an increase in total revenue of 28% to $59 million for the quarter compared to $46 million for the same period in 2015. Net income was $2.7 million for the quarter.

ISC West 2016: The Latest in Smart Doorbell Cameras and How they Integrate with Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · March 30, 2016 • Vivint sets records for video doorbell, Nortek unveils first doorbell cam, August and Ring work with ADT Canopy, Honeywell teams with Skybell, DoorBird integrates with Control4 home automation ... and more smart-doorbell news for ISC West 2016. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Alarm.com Shares Surge on Strong Q4 Performance in Security, Home Automation

By CE Pro Editors · February 26, 2016 • Shares of Alarm.com (Nasdaq: ALRM) have been up more than 24% today on strong Q4 revenues for the company's SHaaS (smart home as a service) platform.

Home-Tech Mergers, Acquisitions, IPOs, Investments, Shakeups, Deals of 2015

By Julie Jacobson · December 29, 2015 • Flextronics picks up Wink, Legrand invests in Netatmo, Alarm.com goes public, Sears acquires WallyHome, Nortek acquires Numera ... and other IoT and A/V mergers, acquisitions and equity events of 2015.

The Biggest Home-Technology Stories of 2015

By Julie Jacobson · December 24, 2015 • From the demise of VIA International to the launch of Amazon Echo, CE Pro highlights some of the most important home-tech happenings of 2015. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Finding a Winning DIY Strategy in Small Retail Stores

By Jason Knott · November 4, 2015 • Florida-based custom integration firm Five Smooth Stones has a dual focus on production homebuilders and converting DIYers via its two small-footprint retail stores.

Alarm.com Smart Home Security Water Solution Detects Leaks

By CE Pro Editors · October 7, 2015 • Alarm.com sensors detect leaks, send notification to homeowner, shut off water. The solution also provides low temperature threshold alerts when heating malfunctions and pipes are at risk of bursting.

Icontrol Beats Alarm.com in Key Patent Claims for Remote Security & Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · September 22, 2015 • USPTO invalidates key claims in Alarm.com (ALRM) patent over mobile devices in a security and home automation ecosystem. Icontrol awarded new patent for integrating smart home systems with SHaaS (smart home as a service) platforms, central monitoring stations and mobile devices.

Homebuilder Business is Thriving for Alarm.com and Control4 Dealer

By Julie Jacobson · August 24, 2015 • After 7 years, home builder business returns to Liberty Bell Alarm & Home Theater, which has 1,000 new homes under contract for Control4 and Alarm.com security and home automation systems.

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