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Podcast: Analyzing The Smart Home Landscape With Nate Williams of August

Mike Wolf Alarm.com August Comcast Icontrol Nest Podcast Smart Home

Podcast: Analyzing The Smart Home Landscape With Nate Williams of August

Download Lots going on in smart home, so we decided to catch up with one of the smartest guys in the space to talk about what exactly is going on. We talk about:-The iControl acquisition by Comcast and Alarm.com-The history of the smart home platforms space -The next wave of smart home platforms post iControl-Marwan Fawaz and his history at ADT, Google and what to expect at Nest-The latest from August-What excites Nate in smart home-Plus more! You can find Nate on Twitter at twitter.com/naywilliams Find Mike on Twitter at twitter.com/michaelwolf Find more Smart Home Shows at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

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Analyzing The Icontrol Acquisition: Universal Truths And The Coming Platform Shakeout

Mike Wolf Alarm.com Comcast Icontrol

If all we had to judge a company by is their customer list, you would have thought Icontrol had it made. Not only do they count the largest home security provider in the US in ADT as a customer, they also power the bulk of the cable industry's smart home and security efforts. And that's even before we get to their recent legal win in 2015 against Alarm.com, which helped validate their claim to some fairly substantial IP in remote/cloud management of smart home systems.  Comcast buys half of long time smart home platform provider Icontrol So with all of this going...

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NextMarket Report: Apple's Home App & What It Means, IControl Acquisition Rumors, Bluetooth 5

Mike Wolf Alarm.com Apple Apple Home Bluetooth Comcast HomeKit IControl

NextMarket Report: Apple's Home App & What It Means, IControl Acquisition Rumors, Bluetooth 5

About midway through every year, the smart home industry has a deep think about its current state of evolution and Apple's place in it. That's when Apple holds WWDC, its annual developer conference, and for the last three years, the smart home industry has listened with breathless anticipation to the introductory keynote to see and hear what Apple has in store for it.  If we were to analyze the journey so far, the ups and down cycle maps somewhat closely to the three act structure of a VH1 Behind the Music episode: Two years ago we got HomeKit and all the excitement that comes with Apple entering a new...

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About Those IControl Acquisition Rumors

Mike Wolf ADT Alarm.com Comcast IControl Vivint Zonoff

This past week Stacey Higginbotham had a good piece about the possible sale of IControl to Comcast and Alarm.com  The rumors of IControl getting acquired or split up have been floating around since early spring, and what I read in the piece echoed much of what I've heard in what appears to be an imminent transaction.  A few more details of what will likely happen: Comcast would buy the Zigbee-related platforms targeted around smart home automation and security for cable providers. This includes the Converge (monitored) and Touchstone (self-installed, self-monitored) platforms that powers security and smart home services sold by cable providers under their own brand....

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Comcast's Smart Home Platform Live With First Devices

Mike Wolf Comcast HomeKit Icontrol

Last week, Comcast announced that customers could now use the new Xfinity Home app to control a number of third party devices, including the August smart lock, the Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener and Lutron Caséta lighting controller. It's not too surprising since Comcast announced their new platform back in May. At the time, the company took pains to let it be known that Icontrol, the company that has historically powered its Xfinity Home security and automation service, was still a valued partner and would continue to be an important part of the security service offering from Comcast. At the same time, I made it...

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