On Controls System Features Cloud-based Programming
New control system from On Controls stores programming in the cloud, making it easy for installers to modify system remotely.
The cloud was everywhere at CEDIA Expo 2011. You can stream from it, back up content on it, synchronize content with it, monitor customers systems with it and sometimes program a customer’s system remotely through it.
So goes it with On Controls Cloud Stored System. Now before you groan and say, “It’s just another cloud offering for control,” read on.
“Simply put, our value proposition is to take away the programming and service headaches that dealers have with installing, managing and updating end user’s mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc),” said Glenn Murdzia, national sales manager for On Controls. “We have spent quite a lot of time with custom installers and listening to their needs.”
Sure there are plenty of control systems and controllers that offer integration with the iPhone, iPad, and/or Android tablets. Many companies offer web-based little black boxes for network control of IR & RS-232 devices as well as contact closures. On Control is no different, it has Wi-Fi and wired versions that allow for control of a multitude of home devices and subsystems over a network.
Where On Controls is radically different has to do with where the programming is stored. Conventional solutions require a microprocessor on site whereas On Control stores the system software programming in the cloud, making it easy for the custom installer to modify programming remotely. Programming is securely stored with a separate username and password for each household.
Programming can be done remotely without having to make an actual visit. Once modifications are made, the dealer calls the customer and asks them to hit one button on their iPhone/iPad/Android device to synchronize the application running on the device with the new programming stored in the cloud.
If a household gets a new mobile device, the homeowner can download the application, purchase a license from their installing dealer, and be up and running without the dealer having to make a trip out. A site license handles up to five devices and retails for $500. Additional mobile device licenses can be purchased for $100.
The easy to customize user interface is provided to authorized dealers for free. Dealers can choose from graphics templates or create their own. An online dealer community is available via the dealer portal to share drivers, graphics and give feedback on drivers that others have created. On Controls user interface is currently available for iOS devices, and DROID device control interface.
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