By Julie Jacobson · February 25, 2015 • Icontrol Networks goes head-to-head with Alarm.com; nabs two ADT channel-development pros to drive new 'Icontrol One' program for independent security and home automation dealers.
By Julie Jacobson · January 4, 2015 • Introduced at CES 2015 Unveiled, new Smart Thermostat Precision Comfort from SHaaS (smart home as a service) provider Alarm.com couples sensors with smartphone location to learn user patterns for a more intelligent energy management solution.
By Julie Jacobson · December 31, 2014 • Production home building, immersive home entertainment, more engaging home automation, the aware home and cloud-based networking top CE Pro's list of technology trends and opportunities for 2015.
By Jason Knott · December 22, 2014 • Cell phone carrier U.S. Cellular's OnLook Digital System uses Alarm.com's cloud-based platform for a $199 home automation package with security, CO detector, smoke detector, lighting module, appliance module and smart thermostat under a 2-year, $50/month contract.
By Julie Jacobson · December 8, 2014 • Tyco (NYSE: TYC) already owns DSC, which makes security and home automation systems, so why did it invest in Qolsys, a start-up with a richer, Android-based offering?
By Julie Jacobson · April 11, 2014 • UTC's Interlogix already offers Alarm.com and its own AdvisorSync for cloud-based security and home automation, so why did they acquire UHS from Australia-based Hills?
By Julie Jacobson · April 7, 2014 • Cloud-based security and home automation provider Alarm.com demos app for Pebble, shows Google Glass for installation purposes, intros networked server for local CCTV recording.
By Julie Jacobson · February 21, 2014 • IQ Panel from start-up Qolsys is a self-contained security/home automation system built on Android, featuring WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave and cellular radios; works with Alarm.com cloud-based service.
By Julie Jacobson · January 15, 2014 • Home automation and security service providers Alarm.com, iControl, Telguard and FrontPoint Security have dropped their lawsuits and negotiated cross-licensing agreements.
By Julie Jacobson · December 30, 2013 • In 2013, Lutron launched RF products for DIY, Internet of Things for the smart home took off, Control4 went public, 6 top dealers formed Via, Plasma died, 4K Ultra HD thrived, hacker bots disrupted home automation.
By Julie Jacobson · December 26, 2013 • Check out the first recessed Z-Wave door sensor, the Piper video camera with a home automation hub built in from Black Sumac, the Kwikset Kevo door lock (not Z-Wave) of dubious value, a forthcoming Z-Wave smart bulb and more.
By Julie Jacobson · December 11, 2013 • Already compatible with iControl (via Telguard), Tyco's DSC adds Alarm.com cloud-based services for interactive home automation and security.
By Julie Jacobson · July 10, 2013 • iControl Networks, which powers cloud-based home automation and security services from Xfinity/Comcast and ADT, sues major competitor Alarm.com for patent infringement (Julie Jacobson/CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · June 3, 2013 • Qolsys self-contained home automation/security system resides in Android touchscreen, supports Alarm.com cloud services for interactivity.
By Julie Jacobson · June 3, 2013 • Lutron works with Alarm.com via the cloud, integrates with Honeywell thermostats with a native RF protocol.