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

By Julie Jacobson · April 9, 2014 • iControl, the cloud-based platform that powers security and home automation services from ADT Pulse, Xfinity/Comcast and other cable companies, acquires Blacksumac, maker of Piper self-contained camera and control system.

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.

Piper DIY Security/Home Automation Camera is Way Smarter than Canary

By Julie Jacobson · August 22, 2013 • Debuting on Indiegogo, Blacksumac's Piper packs cloud-enabled security, Z-Wave home automation, clever video camera, and multiple sensors into standalone DIY device; CE Pro's Julie Jacobson says it beats crowdfunding darling Canary.