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Icontrol Hires Two Key ADT Execs; Launches First Program for Security, Home Automation Dealers

By Julie Jacobson · February 25, 2015 • Icontrol Networks goes head-to-head with; nabs two ADT channel-development pros to drive new 'Icontrol One' program for independent security and home automation dealers. Geolocation + Sensors + Learning = Really Smart Thermostat

By Julie Jacobson · January 4, 2015 • Introduced at CES 2015 Unveiled, new Smart Thermostat Precision Comfort from SHaaS (smart home as a service) provider couples sensors with smartphone location to learn user patterns for a more intelligent energy management solution.

CE Pro’s Top 5 Home Tech Trends & Opportunities for 2015

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.

U.S. Cellular Launches $99 DIY Home Security/Automation System

By Jason Knott · December 22, 2014 • Cell phone carrier U.S. Cellular's OnLook Digital System uses'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.

Why Tyco Invested in Qolsys Security/Home Automation

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?

Why does Interlogix have 3 Cloud Services for Security, Home Automation?

By Julie Jacobson · April 11, 2014 • UTC's Interlogix already offers and its own AdvisorSync for cloud-based security and home automation, so why did they acquire UHS from Australia-based Hills? Shows Home Automation on Pebble Smart Watch

By Julie Jacobson · April 7, 2014 • Cloud-based security and home automation provider demos app for Pebble, shows Google Glass for installation purposes, intros networked server for local CCTV recording.

Qolsys Android-Based Security/Home Automation Now Shipping with

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 cloud-based service.

Lawsuits Resolved,, iControl, Telguard Now Besties

By Julie Jacobson · January 15, 2014 • Home automation and security service providers, iControl, Telguard and FrontPoint Security have dropped their lawsuits and negotiated cross-licensing agreements.

10 Biggest CE Stories of 2013: Control4, IoT, iControl,, Plasma, More

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.

11 Z-Wave Home Automation Co’s at CES 2014 (Part 1)

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.

Battle of Home Automation Platforms: Scores with DSC

By Julie Jacobson · December 11, 2013 • Already compatible with iControl (via Telguard), Tyco's DSC adds cloud-based services for interactive home automation and security.

iControl sues over Interactive Home Automation, 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 for patent infringement (Julie Jacobson/CE Pro)

Qolsys Launches Android-Based Security, Home Automation with

By Julie Jacobson · June 3, 2013 • Qolsys self-contained home automation/security system resides in Android touchscreen, supports cloud services for interactivity.

Lutron Takes to the Cloud, Cozies Up to Security

By Julie Jacobson · June 3, 2013 • Lutron works with via the cloud, integrates with Honeywell thermostats with a native RF protocol.

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