uControl has spent the past year perfecting what we believe will revolutionize the SMA industry
NEW ORLEANS (PRWEB) May 18, 2008
The uControl TouchScreen combines an alarm system, communication gateway, and home automation platform into a single, 7-inch WVGA TouchScreen device that is about the size of a traditional alarm keypad. It can be conveniently placed anywhere within the home – whether mounted on a bedroom wall or placed on a kitchen countertop. For homes that don't already have a security system, the TouchScreen acts as a complete stand-alone wireless alarm system that communicates directly with wireless peripherals and sensors. For homes that already have a security system, the uControl TouchScreen replaces one of the existing keypads and leverages all of the existing equipment, sensors and wiring in the home. Both of these deployment scenarios offer the same feature set, user experience and operational management platforms, independent of the manufacturer of the existing security equipment.
One out of every four homes currently has a home security system already installed (Source: Home Systems: Home Security © 2007 Parks Associates). According to a March report from ABI Research, "Home Automation and Security," analyst Sam Lucero states that, "Telcos and broadband service providers are uniquely positioned to roll managed home automation and monitoring services out on a large scale, to publicize them, and to educate consumers about their value."
The TouchScreen leverages key enabling technologies from uControl's original service including remote control from any Web browser or cell phone, alerts via email or SMS, redundant connectivity (broadband and cellular), cameras, home automation and interoperability with existing alarm panels from Honeywell, DSC, GE and Bosch. In addition, it is a lightweight network information appliance in the home enabling service providers to deliver video, photos, web content and social networking applications via an open, standards-based Widget Platform. The Widget Platform enhances uControl's ability to control media and entertainment functions within the home, and manage thermostat and lighting controls to help homeowners manage power usage and costs.
"uControl has spent the past year perfecting what we believe will revolutionize the SMA industry," said uControl President Jim Johnson. "Our service provider partners encouraged us to create a home security solution that could easily be deployed in all home environments and could serve as the launch pad for the digital home applications that their customers are beginning to demand."
uControl will be exhibiting at this year's annual Cable Show '08 in New Orleans in the Cisco booth, #2811. uControl will be showcasing proof-of-concept integrations with multiple Cisco products, including Cisco's IP Services Gateway, cable modems, access points and cameras. uControl and Cisco will also be demonstrating control of the uControl SMA Platform from a television connected to Cisco's Tru2way™ set-top box.
For an interactive demo and videos of the uControl TouchScreen and Web portal, please visit http://www.uControl.com.
uControl is a leading provider of next-generation home security and automation solutions. The uControl Home Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) solution enables Broadband Service Providers to deliver the next generation of services for the Digital Home. The uControl SMA Platform and accompanying TouchScreen combine to create an open, technology-agnostic infrastructure that works equally well for all homes whether they have an existing wired alarm system or require a new wireless alarm system to be installed. Beyond home security, the uControl SMA Platform delivers the next generation of energy management, home automation and Digital Home services that customers will demand.
Founded in November 2005, uControl's management team consists of former executives from Cisco Systems, NetSpeed, Motive, BroadJump and TippingPoint. They are credited for developing products and services that automated installation and support processes for DSL and cable modem service providers. uControl's board of directors includes former executives from alarm and telecommunications service providers including ADT, GE Security, Clearwire, MFS and others.
For more information about uControl, visit http://www.ucontrol.com or call customer support at 1-888-357-4214.