Control4 Announces Euro Store, 50 SDDP Cameras, LifeSize Integration
At ISE 2014, Control4 launches e-commerce site in Europe, adds multiple SDDP partners in security/surveillance, deploys Wireless Music Bridge in hotels.
Julie Jacobson · February 4, 2014
Two years ago Control4 launched an online store in the U.S., where dealers could order and track not just the vendor’s own products, but those of its partners in home automation, audio, video, lighting controls, energy management, motorized window coverings and more.
Now Control4 is opening up an e-commerce site in Europe, where dealers there will be able to enjoy the same one-stop shopping as their American counterparts.
Demonstrated at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2014 in Amsterdam this week, the site will be open for online ordering from dealers in the U.K. Elsewhere around Europe, distributors will be able to purchase products from the site for their dealers.
The European store will not carry the scores of partner products that Control4 sells online in the U.S., with the exception of Card Access, Yale and Nyce.
Also at ISE, Control4 announced that roughly 50 cameras from nine manufacturers will be SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol)-enabled for easy enrollment into a Control4 ecosystem. The push into security includes the recent release of a integration driver for Paradox security panels—a model that is popular in South Africa and other non-European countries, says Jane Scotland, principal of Extra Vegetables, which sells the driver created by Cinegration.
Paul Williams, VP Security & Communications for Control4, discusses Control4’s latest security and integration initiatives in the video below.
Control4 had other news to share at ISE. Its controllers now are compatible with LifeSize videoconferencing/telepresence systems, adding to Polycom and Tandberg for boardroom applications.
Finally, Control4 has shored up its hospitality offerings by creating a special version of its Wireless Music Bridge that can be controlled through a TV interface in a hotel. Through a simple wizard, guests can pair their Bluetooth devices via a unique ID to play audio through the room’s speaker(s).
Exhibiting at Stand 10-N114, Control4 is sharing space once again at ISE with several of its partners, including:
Autonomic Controls (media servers and multiroom A/V)
Extra Vegetables (drivers, apps and other Control4 software)
Fusion Research (media servers)
Ihiji (network management and remote monitoring)
Leaf (multiroom audio)
VoicePod (voice control)
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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