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CES 2015: iControl and Lowe's partner up on the smart home

Lowe's will bring products from iControl's OpenHome Developer Program onto its Iris home automation system.

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LAS VEGAS -- iControl, acquirers of the well-reviewed Piper smart-home camera, announced a smart-home certification program in 2013 called OpenHome. Now the company has announced it will be adding Lowe's Iris Home Management System to the list of networks for which it will certify smart-home products.

The purpose of OpenHome is to help consumers match up smart-home devices to whatever smart-home service they might be using at home. Go to the OpenHome website and you can search by either device type or service provider to make sure that your new smart lock or automated window blind controller will work with your OpenHome-registered smart-home network.

Most of the networks OpenHome certifies are subscription-based packages from cable providers like Cox and Rogers. Best Buy's fee-based system, Peq , is also on the list. Now Iris, which also charges users a fee if they want to program their own device behaviors, joins in as well. Other smart-home platforms like Quirky's Wink products, SmartThings , Nest Labs ' Works with Nest partner devices either have no fees, or charge only if you want to store footage from a security camera in one of their cloud services.

In addition to checking compatibility on the OpenHome website, Lowe's will also be adding interactive displays to its stores where customers can check to see which smart-home devices will work with the network they have currently.