Intelligent HOME partnership expected to expand Icontrol's presence in Japan significantly by the end of 2016
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Icontrol Networks, the company behind the most widely-distributed interactive security and home automation platform in the industry, further solidified its dominance in the Japanese market with the announcement of five new service provider customers via the Intelligent HOME platform. Intelligent HOME is a home automation offering powered by Icontrol's Touchstone™ solution, and deployed by prominent Japanese service provider iTSCOM and device supplier Connected Design Inc.
In April 2016, Intelligent HOME will be available to the 1.2 million customers of Japan's Asahikawa Cable Television Co., Ltd., Bay Communications Inc., Fureai Channel Inc., Hiroshima Cable Television Corp., and Okinawa Cable Network Inc., with the potential for twenty five new cable provider partnerships by the end of the year.
"We are excited to see the connected home taking off in Japan," said Bob Hagerty, CEO of Icontrol Networks. "The benefits of living in a smart home are borderless, so we look forward to bringing Icontrol's platform to residences across Japan - and ultimately, around the world."
According to Statistia, in 2015, Japan was the second-largest smart home market behind the United States, and has a projected annual revenue growth rate of 40.75%.
"We see the connected home as the entryway to a fully-automated life," said Yoichi Hiraoka, General Manager, iTSCOM Intelligent HOME. "We chose Icontrol's platform because of its flexibility and extensive ecosystem, which will allow us to build up solutions that are customizable for every lifestyle."
"2016 will be an exciting year for our business - these partnerships are only the beginning," said Fumi Shingai, CEO of Connected Design Inc. "We have an extensive list of top Japanese cable providers that are ready to offer the benefits of a connected home to their customers."
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.
iTSCOM was founded in 1983 and is owned by Tokyu Corporation, an independent cable operator servicing parts of Tokyo and Kanagawa. iTSCOM began providing cable television service in 1987, and now provides TV, Internet and telephone services as a broadband provider. iTSCOM also offers ISP functionality services to small business offices and other independent cable operators.
About Connected Design Inc.
Connected Design Inc. is a joint venture between iTSCOM of the Tokyu Group (56.6%), NIFTY of the Fujitsu Group (33.4%), and the Tokyu Corporation (10%), with the mission of making people's lives more convenient and smarter. For more information, visit http://connected-design.jp/.