Control4 is looking to help dealers attract a new customer base for the smart home with its new CA-1 Automation Controller, which will sell for an MSRP of $460 in Canada.
The CA-1 enables Control4 dealers to provide a smart home experience for homeowners interested in lighting, temperature control, and security, at a relatively affordable entry-level price point. It is designed to appeal to homebuilders, MDU developers, and hoteliers.
"The emerging range of smart locks, thermostats, lights, and cameras available today have certainly raised consumer awareness for the promise of the smart connected home," says Martin Plaehn, Chairman and CEO, Control4. "Homeowners as well as home builders and building developers, are looking for more than a just collection of independent, smart devices. Our new CA-1 and industry-leading Control4 OS deliver that needed capability and customer experience - orchestrating all of the smart devices in a home."
Vincent Grabowski, Vice President of Construction from Saddle-Tree Homes in Colorado Springs, says that demand for home automation is growing, and buyers are expecting to see smart experiences in new homes. "But if we just add individual smart devices here and there," he says, "the homeowner experience quickly becomes disjointed or incomplete."
Tailored specifically for smart home projects that desire lighting, comfort, and/or security, the CA-1 Automation Controller includes Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and serial communication, and thus can integrate with Control4's database of thousands of compatible third-party devices.
Using the optional Z-Wave module, sold separately at US$70, enables the CA-1 to be compatible with a selected set of Z-Wave control devices including door, window, water, flood, and temperature sensors, electrical outlets, and dimmer outlet modules. The CA-1 also features Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) so it can be installed virtually anywhere with a single network cable.
Plaehn assures that the CA-1 is not a "dialled-down version of the Control4 OS nor a compromise; this is a new category of automation controller designed to meet the connected home demands of home builders, building developers, and their buyers."
Expanding the Control4 controller lineup, the CA-1 complements the entertainment-focused EA Series controller line.
The Control4 CA-1 comes in white for discrete wall, closet, and shelving installations, is shipping today with a two-year warranty, and is currently on display at the company's booth at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam.