iControl buys Ottawa home automation company
iControl Networks, a leader in connected home technology and innovation, announced that it has acquired Ottawa-based Blacksumac Inc., the creator of Piper, a Wi-Fi-enabled all-in-one Home Awareness and automation device.
This strategic acquisition allows iControl to expand its connected home management offerings to new markets, including rental properties, multiple-dwelling residences and international audiences that desire the peace-of-mind of home awareness at a very affordable price point.
“Piper’s unique product offering appeals to a large and mostly underserved consumer market segment,” said Bob Hagerty, CEO of iControl. “We remain focused on advancing our connected home management platforms for service providers and growing our connected life ecosystem via the iControl OpenHome Partner Program. At the same time, we are excited to expand into new, untapped markets that will bring us one step closer to our vision of a home management solution for every household, so people worldwide spend less time managing their lives and more time living them.”
Piper is a self-managed, self-monitored device that combines unique HD panoramic video, home automation and environmental sensors into a single, elegant product that users interact with on their Internet-connected devices. Piper, powered by iControl, will complement iControl’s existing portfolio of connected home platform solutions for service providers, which includes:
iControl Converge: the platform behind connected home solutions offered by leading broadband service providers, including an all-in-one touch screen, monitored security panel and a robust ecosystem of OpenHome-certified life safety and lifestyle devices.
iControl Touchstone: a self-installable, self-managed gateway solution that provides home management for the OpenHome ecosystem.
iControl Connect: designed specifically for home security and telecommunications companies, this solution combines WiFi and Z-Wave technologies with next generation security control panels.
“We are incredibly excited that Piper is joining forces with iControl, and look forward to bringing iControl’s ecosystem to the next level,” said Russell Ure, CEO of Blacksumac. “We designed Piper to serve the needs of users who typically would not have access to Home Awareness and automation, or those who are still learning about the technology and its benefits. With iControl’s proven infrastructure and industry-wide reputation, we believe Piper will grow to serve a global, emerging market.”
The Piper team will remain located in Ottawa and will immediately benefit from the scalability and robustness of the core iControl OpenHome architecture.