REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- iControl Networks, a leader in broadband home management, today announced the company's expansion into the European market through its partnership with Swisscom, Switzerland's leading telecoms provider. Together, iControl and Swisscom will offer new products and services for residential customers to help them stay connected to their homes when away. The first "Smart Living" solutions will be launched to the Swiss market next year.
According to an ABI Research study, "Home Automation and Monitoring," approximately 1.8 million home automation systems were shipped globally in 2011, and that number will increase to more than 12 million shipments by 2016, largely due to the fact that service providers are entering the managed home automation market.
"Swisscom is the ideal partner for us to introduce our solution to the European market," says Robert Hagerty, CEO of iControl. "As a top tier telecommunications provider known for its innovation, Swisscom has the network, reach and credibility to bring a robust home management solution to millions of 'Smart Living' consumers."
Initially, Swisscom's "Smart Living" solution will allow consumers to control home appliances and other devices via smartphones or the web. Security sensors and video, as well as appliances such as heaters, lamps or coffee machines, are linked together in an intelligent network that consumers can control from anywhere, at any time.
"We want to contribute to a safer, more environmentally-friendly and more pleasant life for our customers with our new 'Smart Living' offering," explains Dieter Bernauer, CEO of Swisscom Participations. In the future, there will be new applications introduced, such as tools to help look after elderly relatives, or others in need of care, that provide support for living longer, more independently and more comfortably in the home.
A joint iControl Networks and Swisscom press release announcing additional details of the offering can be found here.
About iControl Networks
iControl Networks is a venture-backed software and services company providing interactive solutions that define the broadband home management market. The iControl OpenHome™ Software Platform, an award-winning software solution that has made the Connected Home a reality, enables home security companies, broadband service providers and utilities to offer the next generation of home management, security and connectivity to their customers. For more information, please visit www.icontrol.com.
Swisscom is Switzerland's leading telecoms provider, with 5.9 million mobile customers and around 1.6 million broadband connections (retail). In the first quarter of 2011, the company's 19,664 employees (full time equivalents) generated revenues of CHF 2.86 billion. For more information, please visit www.swisscom.ch.
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