CommandFusion to Intro $450 Home Automation Controller at ISE 2014
Networked Solo controller from Command Fusion features serial, IR, contact control with expansion ports, plus iOS and Android apps.
CommandFusion is launching at ISE 2014 a networked home-automation controller with a range of I/Os and a price point that rivals similar products from Control4, RTI and URC, among other mid-market providers.
The new Solo will retail for about $450 USD with “industry leading dealer margins,” according to CF co-founder Jarrod Bell.
CF, which started life as a software provider, had one of the first iOS interfaces for such brands as Crestron, AMX and Global Cache, way back in 2008. Last year, it added Android apps to the mix.
The company later added hardware to its home-control offerings in rack-mount and DIN-rail form factors.
The flagship MOD4 features four card slots for integrators to mix and match communications modules in virtually any configuration.
The new Solo packs the most popular I/Os into one box for integrating a decent array of subsystems. Besides an Ethernet port for network connectivity and IP-based control, the product includes:
- 2 x RS232 ports
- 6 x IR or 1-way RS232 ports
- 4 x Dry contact inputs
- On board IR Blaster (8 LEDs, including four on front, two on each side)
- On board IR Learner
- 1 x communication expansion slot (Wi-Fi and future expansion)
- 1 x control port expansion slot
- Onboard real time clock with battery backup
- USB connection for PC communication and control (also used to power the device)
Upon launch, a number of control expansion cards will be available for adding RS-232 ports, IR ports, relays or other control points.
“The ability to expand on the Solo’s functionality through the two expansion ports is an amazing feature,” says CF CTO Siong Low. “It means the customers can customize the system to suit their requirements, and they aren’t paying for what they don’t need.”
CF suggests the ports might be used for such formats as Bluetooth, ZigBee or Z-Wave.
CommandFusion has a well-established rules engine and a suite of drivers for popular subsystems.
CommandFusion Solo with multiple I/Os and expansion ports
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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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