Partnership with Earth Networks' connected home optimization platform enables connected devices to anticipate energy needs
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Icontrol Networks, the company behind the most widely-distributed interactive security and home automation platform in the industry, and Earth Networks, a leader in connected home optimization intelligence, announced the integration of its WeatherBug Home offering into the Icontrol Developer Program. This partnership will bring Earth Networks' big data intelligence, proprietary weather data and energy usage analytics to Icontrol's deployment customers, allowing them to deliver more intelligent energy management services to consumers to reduce costs, while maintaining comfort.
As found in Icontrol's 2015 Smart Home Report, energy efficiency is one of the key drivers for smart home technology adoption; 70 percent of consumers said they are excited about the potential cost savings from energy efficiency and monitoring. Weather is also the single largest factor impacting energy costs.
WeatherBug Home's connected home optimization platform analyzes a home's energy patterns and consumer comfort settings with its hyper-local proprietary data to automatically optimize home energy use by intelligently controlling connected thermostats and other devices. A recent study found consumers saved 16.5 percent in energy costs when using a connected thermostat integrated with WeatherBug Home than a standard thermostat. Customers may also participate in demand response programs that provide incentives to reduce thermostat usage on peak energy days while still maintaining user home comfort.
"This partnership lets our customers offer a new level of automation," said Bob Hagerty, CEO of Icontrol. "The valuable insights that come from weather data, such as temperature, wind speed and solar insolence, coupled with a home's energy usage insights, will make energy management devices more intelligent and efficient than ever before."
"We have a shared vision with Icontrol to integrate the growing ecosystem of connected home devices to deliver superior value to consumers," said Amena Ali, senior vice president & general manager, WeatherBug Home. "Consumers will enjoy the benefits of automated thermostat optimization to save energy while remaining comfortable, and in addition will get home energy efficiency insights and analytics to not only understand and adjust their usage, but also reduce impact on their surrounding environment."
Earth Networks joins other energy management leaders such as Honeywell in integrating their devices and services as part of Icontrol's Developer Program. The Icontrol Developer Program currently has more than 50 participating companies and over 100 certified devices.
Those interested in Icontrol should visit www.icontrol.com, and companies interested in joining the Icontrol Developer Program should visit www.icontrol.com/developers.
About Icontrol Networks
Icontrol Networks' vision is to provide a connected home solution for every household, so people worldwide spend less time managing their lives and more time living them. Icontrol is making the connected home a reality through its software platforms which are deployed by service providers and home security companies of all sizes, and the all-in-one Piper smart home security system for consumers. Icontrol is further pioneering the next generation of connected living through its Icontrol Developer Program, the first community for application and device makers to partner on a common platform. Venture investors in Icontrol include Charles River Ventures, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & 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 about Icontrol Networks, Icontrol One (for independent service providers) and Piper visit icontrol.com, icontrolone.com and getpiper.com. For the most recent Icontrol research on the smart home industry, visit www.stateofthesmarthome.com.
About Earth Networks: Powering WeatherBug & WeatherBug Home
For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse of the Planet® using the world's largest weather, lightning and greenhouse gas monitoring networks. Our sensors across the planet keep consumers, businesses, and governments informed, updated and alerted. Our popular WeatherBug® brand provides neighborhood-level weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to millions. Our WeatherBug Home offering taps big weather and connected home data for improved energy efficiency and comfort. Enterprises such as schools, airports, professional sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimize operations. Know Before®.