Control4 Announces New $350 CA-1 Automation Controller

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Control4 has added a new model to its line of home automation controllers. The $350 CA-1 is designed to appeal to homebuilders, building developers, and hoteliers that need a simple but powerful way to integrate control of various smart home devices like lighting, security, and temperature products. The controller supports Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and serial communication, and you can add an optional $70 Z-Wave module to further broaden product support. The CA-1 is available now through authorized Control4 dealers.

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From Control4
Control4 Corporation announces the immediate availability of the Control4 CA-1 Automation Controller. The CA-1 enables Control4 Dealers to provide an orchestrated smart home experience for homeowners interested in lighting, temperature control, and security. At $350 U.S. MSRP, the new controller is designed to appeal to homebuilders, MDU developers, and hoteliers, giving them a way to differentiate with the inclusion of the most sought-after smart home experiences.

"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," said 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."

"Demand for home automation is growing, and home buyers expect smart experiences in the houses we are building," said Vincent Grabowski, Vice President of Construction from Saddle-Tree Homes in Colorado Springs. "But if we just add individual smart devices here and there, the homeowner experience quickly becomes disjointed or incomplete. Control4 and its new CA-1 provides a far more comprehensive solution and cohesive connected home experience--and at a price point that fits all of our homes."

Tailored specifically for smart home projects that desire lighting, comfort, and/or security, the CA-1 Automation Controller includes Ethernet, WiFi, Zigbee, and serial communication, leveraging the large Control4 database of thousands of third-party devices to ensure easy integration and interoperability. Using the optional Z-Wave module, sold separately at $70 U.S. MSRP, 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.

"The CA-1 utilizes the industry-proven Control4 platform and broad device ecosystem so our dealers can immediately succeed with the skills, resources, and expertise that they already have," added Plaehn. "This is not a dialed-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, used in projects of all sizes and complexity. Using the CA-1, home builders and homeowners can now start with smart lighting, safety, and security via Control4.

The new Control4 CA-1 comes in white for discrete wall, closet, and shelving installations. The CA-1 is available and shipping today, globally, at $350 U.S. MSRP with a two-year warranty.

Additional Resources
• For more information, visit www.control4.com.
Control4 EA-5 Home Automstion System Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.


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