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Icontrol Networks Powers SmartHome Ventures

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Just a couple of press releases about an automation company startup.  This one will be at "select" Best Buy locations.  Its almost one automation start up a week now....
 
Icontrol Networks Powers SmartHome Ventures’ PEQ Home Automation System, Expands Channel of Connected Home Offerings

Press Release

PĒQ brings Icontrol’s best-in-class platform to mass market.

Redwood City, CA – August 27, 2014 – Icontrol Networks, a leader in connected home technology and innovation, today announced that SmartHome Ventures has chosen Icontrol to power the newly-launched PĒQ (pronounced “peek”) home automation system, available now at www.mypeq.com, and at select Best Buy store locations and on BestBuy.com beginning August 31st. With this announcement, the best-in-class Icontrol smart home platform is now available for consumers to purchase and use right out of the box.

“Our goal is to give consumers as many options as possible, whether they prefer a professionally-installed and monitored solution, a self-installed package they can purchase and build upon, or an all-in-one device,” said Jim Johnson, executive vice president and general manager at Icontrol. “We are excited to provide another option for consumers who want to take advantage of the ease and convenience of a connected home.”

All PĒQ-compatible devices have been certified through the Icontrol OpenHome™ Developer Program, the first community for application and device makers to partner on a common platform. This means PĒQ customers will have access to a growing number of connected home devices, and developers can market their innovations to an even larger market of connected home customers. Icontrol software currently manages more than 22 million sensors and devices, representing the most widely used connected home platform in the industry.

“We are pleased to partner with Icontrol, who shares our vision of bringing home automation to the mass market,” said Ted Schremp, chief executive officer of SmartHome Ventures. “Through this partnership, PEQ delivers simplicity, performance and security that meets the needs and demands of today’s consumer.”

PĒQ is available now at www.mypeq.com and will be available through a growing network of online and in-store distribution partners. It will be available at select Best Buy store locations and on BestBuy.com on August 31st.

About Icontrol Networks
Icontrol Networks’ vision is to provide a connected home solution for every household, so people worldwide spend less time managing their lives and more time living them. Icontrol is making the connected home a reality through its software platforms, which are deployed by home security companies, service providers, retailers, and the all-in-one Piper home security, video monitoring and automation device for consumers. Icontrol is further pioneering the next generation of connected living through its OpenHome™ Developer Program, the first community for application and device makers to partner on a common platform. Venture investors in Icontrol include Charles River Ventures, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers iFund, and Intel Capital, with strategic investments from a variety of service providers including ADT, Comcast Ventures, Comporium and Rogers Communications. For more information about Icontrol Networks and Piper visit www.icontrol.com and www.getpiper.com.

About SmartHome Ventures
SmartHome Ventures is making the smart home simple. The company’s flagship service, PĒQ, brings professional-grade home automation to the mass market. Investors in SmartHome Ventures include OpenAir Equity Partners. Visit www.smarthomeventures.com for more information.

Media Contact
Finn Partners for Icontrol Networks
Amanda Moss
312.329.3905
[email protected]
 
Icontrol Networks Launches OpenHome Labs to Accelerate Smart Home Innovation

Press Releases

OpenHome Labs speeds the go-to-market process for connected device start-ups

Redwood City, CA – September 3, 2014 – Icontrol Networks, a leader in connected home technology and innovation, today announced OpenHome Labs, a program that helps connected home start-ups succeed by accelerating their development and go-to-market process. OpenHome Labs provides technical assistance, direct market exposure to leading connected home service providers, and branded differentiation.

Icontrol is the most widely used connected home platform in the industry. It currently manages more than 22 million sensors and devices as the software behind service provider and security company systems.

“This program is a great option for connected device companies who want to quickly plug into the growing demand for a connected home and through it a connected lifestyle,” said Jim Johnson, executive vice president and general manager at Icontrol. “Companies that join the OpenHome Labs program have a major advantage – not only do they get mentorship and guidance from industry experts, their innovations will be immediately compatible with the expansive Icontrol ecosystem.”

OpenHome Labs is part of the Icontrol OpenHome™ Developer Program, the first community for application and device makers to partner on a common platform, focused on certifying devices and apps to support the growing OpenHome ecosystem. OpenHome Labs adds a new level of mentorship and guidance for companies that apply and are accepted into the program. Icontrol does not plan to limit the number of companies accepted into the program, but will focus on its ability to help scale the product or service to the mass market as a main criteria for acceptance into the program. Factors such as technical feasibility, market differentiation, innovative hardware design and overall impression of the company’s management team will be evaluated as part of the application process. Applicants can apply at OpenHome.io/openhomelabs.

Through OpenHome Labs, Icontrol and its partners offer assistance with the basics of development like RF design and API integration strategies, as well as business development mentoring focused on various distribution channels, such as large service providers and retail. OpenHome Labs companies will also become OpenHome Certified and instantly interoperable with this immense and growing distribution channel.

“OpenHome Labs is a win-win – it helps us drive innovation within the connected home ecosystem and brings consumers more choices to help them build a connected home that fits their specific needs,” said Jason Domangue, Vice President of Ecosystem Development for Icontrol Networks. “We’re looking for start-ups that can launch their company directly on top of our platform and truly leverage the tremendous distribution that we have in place today with our customers.”

Also announced today, Icontrol has launched a partnership with Indiegogo, which allows OpenHome Labs companies to brand their campaign on the crowdfunding platform with their inclusion in OpenHome Labs. Indiegogo will also offer a discounted rate for all OpenHome Labs participants leveraging their services. As part of that partnership, three connected living companies – bttn, Reemo and Zen – kicked off their Indiegogo campaigns this week. To learn more about OpenHome Labs and its Indiegogo partnership, visit www.icontrol.com.

About Icontrol Networks
Icontrol Networks’ vision is to provide a connected home solution for every household, so people worldwide spend less time managing their lives and more time living them. Icontrol is making the connected home a reality through its software platforms, which are deployed by home security companies, service providers, retailers, and the all-in-one Piper home security, video monitoring and automation device for consumers. Icontrol is further pioneering the next generation of connected living through its OpenHome™ Developer Program, the first community for application and device makers to partner on a common platform. Venture investors in Icontrol include Charles River Ventures, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers iFund, and Intel Capital, with strategic investments from a variety of service providers including ADT, Comcast Ventures, Comporium and Rogers Communications. For more information about Icontrol Networks and Piper visit www.icontrol.com and www.getpiper.com.

Media Contact
Finn Partners for Icontrol Networks
[email protected]
312.329.3909
[email protected]
 
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