Visonic and iControl to Enhance OpenHome Broadband Home Management Platform

iControl Networks Inc., a provider of broadband home management, and Visonic Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of wireless home security and safety systems and components, announced a partnership to integrate Visonic security peripherals into the iControl OpenHome software platform. The joint development and marketing initiative combines Visonics’ extensive experience in wireless security with iControl’s advanced home management technology to enable a versatile range of security sensors and other devices dedicated for use with OpenHome.

Home security is widely considered to be a lynchpin in the ongoing evolution of home management and automation. With a choice of proven, highly reliable sensors and other security peripherals broadband service providers can confidently expand their next generation services offering to include home security and monitoring, home management and control, energy management and home health care.

“The addition of Visonic to the iControl Partner Program is a major milestone for us as it enables sensors and devices that are critical to our broadband service provider deployments,” said Jim Kitchen, vice president of strategy at iControl Networks. “With its advanced technologies and years of experience in wireless security, Visonic is an ideal partner to help us accelerate our home management ecosystem.”

“Partnering with iControl opens a fast-growing new market to Visonic — leading broadband services providers who are currently building their home automation and management offering. We look forward to working together with iControl to open expanded opportunities to both our companies as well as to our service provider customers,” said Yigal Abram, VP sales and business development at Visonic.

The new Visonic security sensors and devices will communicate with the iControl platform using the ZigBee RF communication protocol, driven by a SoC (system on chip) from Ember Corp. ZigBee technology offers numerous benefits for security devices designed to operate as part of a complete home management solution, including long battery life and long range. The first Visonic iControl-certified security sensors and peripherals will be available later this year.

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