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The IControl One adds new capabilities to old home-security systems

Michael Brown | March 25, 2015
If you're a longtime customer of an independent home-security firm, there's a good chance your system's control panel will soon need a major upgrade. That's because companies such as AT&T, Verizon, and others are gradually shutting down their 2G cellular networks to make room for faster and more efficient 3G and 4G networks.

All these features won't come free, of course. Individual dealers will set their own prices for the added parts and services, but most will likely eat the cost of the module since they won't be able to service their accounts without it (or something like it). The IControl One won't be the only option these dealers will have, either. Remember, IControl isn't building the module, so there's nothing to prevent IControl competitors such as Alarm.com and Honeywell from reaching out to these same dealers with similar SaaS offerings.

I have no experience with Honeywell's product, but I've used IControl's product in the past (by way of ADT's Pulse system), and I currently use Alarm.com's (by way of Vivint's home-automation system). They're both very good from an end user's point of view. The sunsetting of 2G networks will give a broad swath of the home-security market an opportunity to expand into home automation, and that's the most exciting fact of all.

 

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