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SUCCESS STORY

ZigBee Enables Control4 to Deliver Home Automation to Broad Market

About Control4

Control4, a rapidly growing leader in aordable and easy-to-use home control and entertainment systems, recognized that better and more aordable 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 retrotted into the 99 percent of U.S. households that are not both high-end and new construction.

Market Challenge

"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."

Aordable home automation systems have been conned 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 Ocer Control4

Control4

Using ZigBee® technology, Control4 addressed the broad market in home automation by creating products that balance aordability and reliability while oering 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.

BUSINESS GOALS

Retrot reliable home automation systems into existing homes for average consumers: no new wires, aordable and compatible devices that can be installed incrementally, oer 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.

TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION

Control4 uses ZigBee wireless networking technology because it is reliable, aordable and easy to retrot into existing homes. The open standard allows easy communication between electronics from other vendors.

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