IControl Networks Acquires Blacksumac for Home-Monitoring Device.
The company behind the home automation and security offerings of several large ISPs, iControl Networks, has recently purchased the company that creates the Piper connected home security device. The term behind the deal are currently undisclosed, but it’s should be noted for a variety of reasons, starting with the fact that it helps get iControl into the growing DIY home automation and security market.
From Small to Big.
This has also become another noteworthy achievement for Blacksumac, the Ontario-based Startup that created Piper from an Indiegogo campaign during the late last summer to this point. The CEO of Blacksumac for almost two years, Russell Ure, says that he’ll be staying on with iControl as head of the Piper division. Ure went on to say that Blacksumac has sold a “few thousand” Piper devices since it became available in January. which seems to be a really go deal for everyone involved. especially since Piper is a recently backed Indiegogo device made by a startup that had angel investors but no venture funding.
Piper is a connected device that contains an HD camera, along with several sensors, Wi-Fi, and Z-wave radios that allow Piper to integrate with other home sensors. The camera feature can be used too see the inside of ones home, environmental sensors built into the device or external to it can detect a break-in, or external sensors to detect things like floodings. The device is being sold for $239, with compatible sensors costing extra. The idea was to create a security system for apartments and renters who have no real way to install a security system. This also appeals to consumers who do not wish to pay a monthly fee to ADT or other big named security companies.
Piper competes with similar offerings from Canary, which has recently managed to secure $10 million in funding, and other DIY home security and automation offerings. Being apart of iControl now, Piper may be integrated into some of the more cheaper security and home automation products that ISPs offer customers, but its most likely that the product will be aimed towards the rental and international market, According to Greg Roberts, iControls VP of marketing.
Irregardless of where Piper may be heading too, the deal could be a sign of things to come as larger business purchase the crowdfunding hardware startups that continue to pop up and grow interest.