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November 14, 2012 Takes Top Spot in ABI's Home Automation Competitive Assessment

In ABI Research’s latest report on home automation competitive assessment, (News - Alert) has surpassed iControl and Control4 to take the top spot in the technology research firm’s evaluation. The three highest ranked vendors in this study include, iControl, and Control4.

In this report, the home automation system (HAS) vendors are judged by market share as well as three specific vendor matrices focused on performance and strategy.

Findings highlight that both and iControl have consistently shown skill and innovation with their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) HAS offerings and have provided the functionality that major rollouts have leveraged. For its part, Control4 has a more traditional background, selling individual systems to end-users but has done well in both leveraging and expanding to embrace SaaS functionality and services.

Using a platform that is flexible enough to support many large deployments and a range of clients, was able to top both the implementation and innovation categories. Likwise, iControl was a close second, benefiting from early and successful partnerships and system deployments.

The report also indicates that 4Home (News - Alert) shared second place with iControl after scoring well for its application scope and breadth. Further, within the implementation category and iControl both benefitted from their strong market penetration and the partnerships they have established.

In a statement, Competitive Assessment Author Jonathan Collins, said, "The SaaS market for Home Automation Services is proving key infrastructure for an explosion of investment, interest, and adoption of home automation systems. They are providing support for a range of large existing connected home services companies, such as telcos, cable companies, home security firms, utilities and others to extend their offerings into HAS services- promoting and popularizing HAS technology."

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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