URC and iControl Networks, a connected home technology provider, have announced they will bring whole-house automation devices, with easy AV integration, to the smart home experience. URC will develop products certified through the OpenHome Partner Program, making them compatible with iControl’s Converge and Touchstone platforms, which power connected home solutions offered by leading service providers.
URC will develop comprehensive home automation tools through its membership in iControl's OpenHome Partner Program.
The OpenHome Partner Program allows manufacturer and developer partners to be certified compatible with iControl platform solutions, including those that power Comcast's Xfinity Home, Time Warner Cable's IntelligentHome, and Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, among others. Certified devices will interoperate with the full spectrum of connected home solutions, from self-monitoring and home automation to professionally-monitored home security systems. The interoperability will initially be built on the open ZigBee standard and is designed to eventually support additional protocols and devices.
“URC is delighted to collaborate with iControl Networks, the next generation technology that powers the industry’s leading connected home solutions,” said Cat Toomey, director of marketing for URC. “This cooperation gives us the opportunity to distill everything we’ve learned in over twenty years of home control and bring an innovative, AV integrated, whole-house automation system to cable service providers.”
The new suite of home automation devices from URC will be compatible with iControl Converge and Touchstone solutions and include: color graphic wand-style remote control; in-wall color graphic touchscreen with keypad; and single-gang keypad with buttons only.
“Our mission is to deliver the most advanced, intuitive smart home experience possible,” said Jim Johnson, iControl’s general manager of the Austin Business Unit. “We’re thrilled that URC has joined our OpenHome Program to provide customers with innovative total-home control for the utmost ease and efficiency.”
The new line of products will be unveiled at The NCTA Cable Show, beginning April 29, 2014, in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Show attendees can view the products on display in URC’s booth (#1759). Interested parties can meet with URC’s Debra Sharker, director of sales for URC’s cable products division, or reach her at (404) 943-1666.