Icontrol Networks announced a new wave of participants in OpenHome Labs. They also announced that the Zen Thermostat has successfully completed the program and is now OpenHome Certified– meaning it can work seamlessly with Icontrol-powered solutions, including many of the most well-known service provider smart home offerings.
New members of OpenHome Labs include Halo SmartLabs, Jalousier and Nanoleaf. Halo SmartLabs has successfully brought a combination of sensor technology for flash fires, smoldering fires and carbon monoxide in a single device. Jalousier, the company behind Comfee, offers a simple clip that allows blinds to automatically adjust themselves based on lighting and temperature changes. Nanoleaf is set to release the Nanoleaf Ivy, the 60W-equivalent smart bulb that lasts 30,000 hours and uses only 7W of energy to produce 800 lumens of warm, comfortable light, later this year.
“We launched OpenHome Labs last year to help new products we thought consumers would love come to market faster,” said Jim Johnson, an executive vice president and general manager for Icontrol Networks. As part of OpenHome Labs, companies receive hands-on mentoring and resources from crowdfunding through go-to-market; a potential base of smart home customers via compatibility with most widely-deployed connected home platform in the industry; and special branding support, so funders have more confidence in the likelihood for success.
Icontrol Networks also announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted the company two new home security and automation patents.
- Patent 8,988,221 covers an integrated security and home automation panel that includes prioritized power management between functions, remote access, multi-network device event transmission, and the creation and management of local networks including Wi-Fi, Z-Wave and ZigBee.
- Patent 8,836,467 defines systems and methods that provide streamlined installation and remote configuration of home security and automation systems.
Source: Icontrol Networks