iControl Networks Launches Android App Partner Program; Invites App Developers to Join Smart Home Ecosystem and Connect with Millions of Consumers Across the Globe Leader in Connected Home Technology is Helping Build the Smart Home Future with Next-Generation In-Home App Marketplace
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- iControl Networks, a leader in connected home technology and innovation, today announced the launch of its new FastTrack App Partner Program, an initiative that connects app developers with leading cable service providers for in-home app distribution. It allows Android apps to be easily and quickly certified compatible with touch screens that support the iControl Converge™ deployment solution, which powers leading home solutions such as Comcast's Xfinity Home, Time Warner Cable's IntelligentHome and Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, among others.
iControl-powered deployment solutions provide consumers with innovative home monitoring and management, all at the touch of a finger. Touch screen devices serve as the home's control center where users can arm/disarm the security system, adjust temperature, turn on/off lights and more. Now, thanks to the FastTrack Program, the same touch screen devices will provide users access to a world of apps aimed at improving ease and convenience while in the home.
"The FastTrack Program is a key component in further developing the connected home and opens a new distribution channel for app developers," said Jason Domangue, iControl's vice president of ecosystem development. "FastTrack makes it easy and seamless for app developers to team with leading cable service providers for in-home distribution, and increases comfort and convenience for consumers by providing unique, innovative apps tailored for the smart home."
Inaugural members of the FastTrack Program include:
- Life360 – Location and communication for families
- MapQuest – Maps and traffic
- News Republic – Customizable global news alerts
- TuneIn – Online radio and music streaming
- Weather Channel – Detailed forecasts and future radar
App developers interested in joining the FastTrack Program can sign up for a developer's program kit on the iControl website. Certified applications will live in iControl's marketplace and become accessible to millions of consumers around the globe.
"Our ultimate goal is to create an ecosystem with limitless possibilities for connectivity that takes the smart home to a new level," said Jim Johnson, senior vice president and general manager of iControl's Austin office. "With the help of innovative app partners, consumers now have access to interactive, next-generation tools that make life healthier, happier, easier and more efficient."
About iControl Networks
iControl Networks is a venture-backed software and services company providing interactive solutions defining 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. 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.
SOURCE iControl Networks