Control4 recently announced that it has signed a strategic agreement with Cisco to deliver network-enabled automation platforms for connected smart communities and home energy deployments around the world.
Cisco is leading an investment in Control4, and the collaboration between the two companies includes the integration of Control4 technology into Cisco's Service Delivery Platform (SDP) and the introduction of Cisco-branded Control4 products. Additionally Control4 will become a key member of Cisco's ecosystem in delivering specialized applications to meet the needs of Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities and utility customers and deliver on the vision of Smart+Connected Communities and Cisco's Home Energy Management Solution.
"Both Cisco and Control4 share a vision of delivering a connected world where we all lead better and simpler lives," said Control4 chief executive officer Will West. "The integration of Control4's operating system is a key component of the value proposition for Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities vision to use the network as the platform to build smart, green and connected communities around the world and helps bring the benefits of automation and control to potentially millions. This relationship is a great validation of our licensing strategy and will accelerate our international growth and reach with consumers, businesses and utilities."
Read more details about Control4 and Cisco's plan on Page 2.
Smart+Connected Communities projects will provide tenants of these communities the ability to automate and control lighting,
temperature, entertainment, communication, security and energy use.
Cisco is enabling an end-to-end, highly-secure Smart Grid
communications infrastructure that will help utilities, businesses and
consumers better manage and reduce energy consumption. The Cisco Home
Energy Management Solution empowers consumers to effectively conserve
and mange household energy consumption.
Cisco will integrate the Control4 EMS 100 as an element of its
offering to global utility customers in the growing Advanced Metering
Infrastructure (AMI) space. The Cisco-branded solution builds on
Cisco's sustainability platform to utilize the network to increase
energy efficiency, create new tools for 'energy-aware' city management,
and enable customers to make decisions on energy that can help reduce
costs, increase reliability, and benefit the environment.
The Control4 EMS 100 is a bundled solution comprised of an EC-100
energy controller, a 4.7" touch-screen with full color interface that
provides feedback on electricity consumption and costs, Control4
ADVANTAGE software, and a WT-100 ZigBee wireless thermostat. The EMS
100 solution provides customers of utilities with information about
their energy use and the ability to react to demand response event
signals during peak load periods.