ZigBee Enables Control4 to Deliver Home Automation to Broad Market
Control4, a rapidly growing leader in aordable and easy-to-use home control and entertainment systems, recognized that better and more aordable wire- less standards, combined with an Internet Protocol (IP) based system architec- ture, would allow existing everyday homes to become candidates for home automation. The goal was to develop products that could be retrotted into the 99 percent of U.S. households that are not both high-end and new construction.
"ZigBee technology made it possible to execute our business plan. Anyone who knows control systems knows they are only as good as the under- lying network. Our prod- ucts work in any home without new wires."
Aordable home automation systems have been conned to tech-savvy do-it-yourselfers while the most reliable systems were limited to expensive custom installations in new or extensively remodeled homes. The dichotomy prevented wide adoption.
Eric Smith Chief Technology Ocer Control4
Using ZigBee® technology, Control4 addressed the broad market in home automation by creating products that balance aordability and reliability while oering personalization rather than customization. Control4 started shipping the rst IP-controlled system in April 2005.
These are the rst home control products built on the ZigBee mesh network- ing standard. ZigBee provides the wireless network for communication between devices in the home while Control4 products use the network to communicate between the devices.
Retrot reliable home automation systems into existing homes for average consumers: no new wires, aordable and compatible devices that can be installed incrementally, oer reliability and low energy use in an easily installed system.
Control4 products provide automatic discovery of IP-based control devices as well as auto creation of programming and user-interface for integration of new interoperable products.
Control4 uses ZigBee wireless networking technology because it is reliable, aordable and easy to retrot into existing homes. The open standard allows easy communication between electronics from other vendors.