ADT Security Services, the leading provider of electronic security systems, today announced a partnership with iControl Networks, paving the way for development of a new interactive services solution which could revolutionize the way homes and businesses are protected and managed.

The agreement incorporates iControl’s next-generation platform into ADT’s monitoring network to provide ADT home and business customers with life safety, lifestyle and productivity service enhancements planned for later this year.               

“ADT customers will soon be able to remotely control their security systems and much more,” said Don Boerema, ADT’s chief marketing officer. “In an office, while on vacation or from virtually anywhere in the world where there’s access to the Internet, users can conveniently manage their homes or businesses, saving time and money.”           

ADT’s personalized solution integrates security, energy and lighting control, live video, event-driven video clips, pictures and a host of other functions. Through an easy-to-use, personalized Web site or a Web-enabled mobile phone or PDA, ADT customers will have remote control and access of their expanded ADT security system. The new solution will be easily upgradeable to many of ADT’s four million-plus customers and millions of other potential clients throughout North America.

“Interactivity will help propel the way homes and businesses are secured and managed,” said Tricia Parks, chief executive officer of Parks Associates, a market research and consulting firm focused on emerging consumer technology and services. “This trend will drive incremental growth in the industry and provide security companies a platform to offer a variety of new services in the future.”

ADT will provide home and business control management through a state-of-the-art Web-based platform that supports a variety of technologies including Z-Wave®. With several companies providing customer solutions through Z-Wave and other wireless protocols, ADT customers will be able to:

Arm and disarm their security system

Lock and unlock doors

Control heating and air conditioning

Turn lights on or off

Help provide home health protection for the elderly and disabled

Remotely view live video, event-driven video clips and pictures

Receive text messages and e-mail notifications when events occur

“As homes and businesses become increasingly ‘connected,’ service providers such as home security are offering a host of advanced services that enable people to better manage their busy lives,” said Greg Roberts, vice president of marketing for iControl. “This partnership demonstrates ADT’s position as a visionary industry leader, by anticipating this need and providing customers with the ultimate in next-generation security.”

Boerema said ADT plans to announce additional partnerships over the next few months as the company continues to build on this platform to broaden the services it intends to offer customers.

“Everyone knows that ADT is all about life safety and protecting property,” he said. “Now we are adding lifestyle and management functions to our portfolio of services to make lives easier and more efficient – in an elegant manner.”