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.

iControl Raises Another $50M for Home Automation Platform

By Julie Jacobson · June 21, 2011 • Cisco, Comcast Ventures, Intel Capital, Rogers Communications and Tyco lead $50M venture round for home control vendor, bringing total funding to roughly $125M.

Xfinity Reveals Pricing, Rollout for Security and Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · June 9, 2011 • Comcast/Xfinity Home Security costs $45 per month for alarm monitoring, cellular communications, up to five WiFi cameras, ZigBee lights and thermostat, remote monitoring and control.

Is ZigBee the Right Choice for Xfinity Home Security?

By Julie Jacobson · April 18, 2011 • ZigBee is a fine RF protocol for home control, but may not be the best solution today for the low-power, low-cost, aesthetic requirements of home security systems.

Has Comcast/Xfinity Picked a Home Control Platform?

By Julie Jacobson · April 18, 2011 • Cable giant has waffled between Z-Wave and ZigBee for its home security and automation system, but we believe it has picked the winner. End of the $99 install?

iControl Seeks $30M; Total Venture Funding to Exceed $75M

By Julie Jacobson · April 12, 2011 • The home automation platform behind ADT Pulse seeks to raise $30M, bringing total venture funding to more than $75M, almost tied with Control4.

Behind Somfy’s Tahoma System: A Sleeper Home Automation Engine

By Julie Jacobson · March 2, 2011 • Battle to become Home OS intensifies as little-known developer of cloud-based home automation platform wins Somfy business; look out iControl, 4Home, Control4, Xanboo and others.

Will Verizon Win the Home Automation Wars?

By Julie Jacobson · January 25, 2011 • Exclusive details of Verizon's home monitoring system, and how it will compete with Comcast, AT&T, ADT and others; 4G LTE ultimately will give Verizon an edge.

Get Ready for $99 Security, Home Automation from Comcast/Xfinity

By Julie Jacobson · November 5, 2010 • Xfinity (formerly Comcast) comes to Houston with $99 deals on home security and automation, and monthly service plans that cost almost $20 less than ADT Pulse.

iControl, uControl Merger: Implications for Cable, ZigBee, Automation

By Julie Jacobson · November 4, 2010 • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: iControl and uControl are merging to provide ZigBee-enabled security and home automation solutions to cable providers like Xfinity.

Ember enables uControl’s Next Generation ZigBee Home Security System

By CE Pro Editors · May 11, 2010 • uControl’s new line of wireless sensors helps broadband providers enter the Security, Monitoring & Automation (SMA) market