National Technical Systems Selected as iControl OpenHome Partner Program Test Facility

NTS Will Certify Devices For iControl Networks' Connected Home Software Platforms

CALABASAS, Calif., Dec. 19, 2013 -- National Technical Systems, Inc., a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced today that it has been selected by iControl Networks as the test lab to perform certification testing for the iControl OpenHome Partner Program. iControl Platforms communicate with a wide variety of security and home automation products including smart door locks, light controls, thermostats, and smoke sensors, bringing the Internet of Things into the home.


NTS will be responsible for the execution of test plans developed by iControl to ensure that all ZigBee-enabled devices meet carrier and service provider standards for robust operation on iControl Platforms. Testing for the iControl OpenHome Partner Program will be performed by NTS Advanced Technology, located in Culver City, CA.

"The iControl OpenHome Partner Program integrates devices from top-tier consumer electronics companies into a central, standardized platform that gives consumers a truly connected home at the touch of a button," said Jason Domangue, vice president of ecosystem development at iControl. "We believe NTS is the right partner to test the products that must interoperate to bring the Internet of Things into homes around the world, and to certify that the devices will all 'talk' to each other. We are excited to bring this increased level of confidence to our service provider and retail partners, and to consumers."

"NTS' selection as the iControl OpenHome Partner Program test facility strengthens our leadership position in both ZigBee and the building automation and security market," said NTS CTO Osman Sakr. "Robustness and interoperability are imperative for market growth and acceptance of the Internet of Things. We look forward to being a part of the iControl OpenHome Partner Program and helping consumers automate and protect their homes in a variety of ways - from security sensors to door locks."

Device developers interested in joining the OpenHome Partner Program can sign up for a device integration kit on the iControl website. Certified devices will become available to iControl's service provider partners to offer to their customers around the globe.

About iControl Networks
iControl Networks is a venture-backed software and services company providing interactive solutions defining the broadband home management market. iControl software platforms, award-winning solutions that have made the Connected Home a reality, enable home security companies, broadband service providers and utilities to offer the next generation of home management, security and connectivity to their customers. Venture investors in iControl include Charles River Ventures, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers iFund, and Intel Capital, with strategic investments from a variety of service providers including ADT, Comcast Ventures, Comporium and Rogers Communications. For more information, please visit www.icontrol.com.

About NTS Advanced Technology
NTS Advanced Technology, located in Culver City, CA, provides a wide range of testing and compliance services, as well as managed services, to the consumer products industry including computer software and hardware sectors. As a leader in the computer testing industry, NTS provides high quality testing services which range from standard hardware and software testing to the development of complex certification and compliance programs for the telecom and other industries. Highlights of the NTS Advanced Technology capabilities include quality assurance testing services, performance and benchmark results, certification and compliance programs, development tools-customer automation tests and validation tools and customized program development tools. For more information about NTS Advanced Technology, visit www.nts-at.com.

About National Technical Systems
National Technical Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of engineering services to the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, automotive and high technology markets. Through a world-wide network of resources, NTS provides full product life-cycle support, offering world class design engineering, compliance, testing, certification, quality registration and program management. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at www.nts.com or call 800-270-2516.

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