CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zubie, a connected-car service provider focused on maximizing connected-car capabilities for consumers and businesses, today announced its partnership with iControl Networks, a leader in connected home technology and innovation. Together, the two companies will offer consumers "connected lifestyle" solutions in which their home automation, cars and phones are seamlessly integrated into a single customer experience. Zubie is the first and only connected-car developer that is a member of the iControl OpenHome™ Partner Program.
Zubie makes driving safer, easier and less expensive by using vehicle- and driver-centric data collected from a device plugged into a car's On-Board-Diagnostics (OBD) port. Zubie provides safety alerts, real-time location awareness, and insights into vehicle health and performance. Its proprietary AlwaysSmart™ technology is always on, delivering a total picture of car and driving activity even when the car is not running. iControl enables customers to automate their homes and easily manage home monitoring and security – checking security cameras and sensors, locking and unlocking doors, turning on and off lights, controlling temperature in the home and more.
Through the alliance, consumers will have unified access to and control of their homes, cars and family location features with premier monitoring and automation platforms. For example, the Zubie and iControl partnership will provide a single interface where the monitoring systems "talk," enabling thermostats to be adjusted automatically when users are out-of-town, and doors unlocked automatically upon arrival at home. A home dashboard will provide real-time display of the location of family members on the road, or can alert users to emergency situations.
“For Zubie, this is a game-changing partnership and a natural evolution of our capabilities," said Tim Kelly, CEO of Zubie. “The features and benefits we offer take on new meaning and value when viewed through the lens of home monitoring and automation, using the car as another powerful sensor. We’re excited to deliver the Zubie connected-car experience within a service that is already valued and familiar to consumers, and to collaborate with the iControl team on innovative new features."
Zubie & iControl Networks to Present at the Connected Home
Developers Garage at SXSW on Mar. 9
WHO: Zubie’s Chief Technology Officer, Ari Silkey
WHAT: Ari Silkey will discuss the integration of connected car and connected home
WHERE: Connected Home Developers Garage at Silicon Labs’ Austin headquarters, 200 West Cesar Chavez Street
WHEN: Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. CST (during SXSW)
ABOUT: The Connected Home Developers Garage, hosted by iControl Networks, Silicon Labs and Time Warner Cable, is the premier tech event at SXSW 2014 that brings together developers to discuss innovations in the smart home. The Connected Home Developers Garage will take place on Sunday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.
“For iControl, the integration with Zubie car and driver activity data dramatically expands our understanding of what our consumers want,” said Jim Johnson, EVP and General Manager at iControl Networks. “This will result in better insights, a smarter platform and compelling new features, all under a unified, seamless user experience. The world of connected devices is ushering in a new era of connectivity where data gleaned from various sensors, location and personal activity can power solutions that will better anticipate a user's needs and intentions – whether in the home or on the road. We are very excited about the things to come.”
Zubie is a venture-backed mobile services company focused on maximizing connected-car capabilities for consumers and businesses. The company's Zubie platform was a Mobile Apps Showdown Top 10 finalist at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. Zubie, formerly known as GreenLight Connectivity Solutions, was formed in 2012, and is headquartered in Charleston, SC, with operational offices in the Minneapolis area. Investors include Castrol innoVentures, the innovation arm of global lubricant giant Castrol; communications innovation leader Comporium, Inc., and OpenAir Equity Partners. For more information about Zubie, visit Zubie.co.
About iControl Networks
iControl Networks is a venture-backed software and services company providing interactive solutions defining the connected home market. iControl software platforms, award-winning solutions that have made the connected home a reality, enable 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.