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Icontrol Nestles Up To Nest

Icontrol Networks, the home automation and security platform company that’s working with several major MSOs, said it has integrated its OpenHome platform with the Nest Learning Thermostat, the smart home product that is now part of the Google empire.

Icontrol said the tie-up with Nest is currently offered through the Icontrol-powered PEQ home automation system, a retail product that was launched earlier this year by SmartHome Ventures, a startup led by former Charter Communications exec Ted Schremp.

Icontrol said PEQ customers will be able to access and control their Nest Learning Thermostat via the same interface that can monitor and control door locks, lighting controls and video cameras that run on OpenHome, which uses a customized version of the Android operating system. Google, the company behind Android, bought Nest early this year in a $3.2 billion cash deal.

Icontrol, which claims to be currently managing more than 26 million sensors and devices, said it couldn’t comment on any plans in the works to extend its Nest integration to the Icontrol platform that has been rolled out by several cable operators, including Comcast, Bright House Networks, Tim Warner Cable and Cox Communications, among others.

But Icontrol said in a statement that it “recognizes that interoperability is key to successful mass market adoption of the smart home.”