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Billionaire Netscape founder Jim Clark is back with a new, self-funded startup

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The billionaire cofounder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape, myCFO, Healtheon, and Shutterfly, moved to Florida roughly 16 years ago to dive into the Miami real estate market.

Now Clark, a native Texan who dropped out of high school, is back with a new tech startup: CommandScape, a home-automation and building-control system that controls air conditioning, motorized shades, surveillance, lighting, fire alarms and other functions from a highly secure online platform that has cybersecurity at its core.

One big difference between CommandScape and other home and building control systems, says the electronics journal CE Pro, is that unlike most building systems, which have become increasingly reliant on sensors, CommandScape’s system is completely wired, delivering data and power to some products over a building’s existing AC wiring.

Another feature, notes the journal, is that passwords and usernames aren’t needed for entry into a secure location or to access protected applications.

Users are instead authenticated via their iPhones (with a systems administrator, or a parent, able to revoke permissions).

“It could be an enormous company .

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