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Listen Up! Josh.ai Is Not Just Voice Control; Changes Its Pricing Structure

Josh.ai alters pricing structure for its whole-house control system to permit 25% down with 5-year monthly software license fee. Plug-and-play system is not just add-on voice control.

Dealers can now buy Josh.ai for clients by paying 25 percent down with a monthly software license fee for five years.

Jason Knott · January 17, 2017

Josh.ai is not just an add-on voice component like Amazon Alexa, it is a full control system that goes toe-to-toe with all the other whole-house control systems on the market,” emphatically says Nader Dajani, head of business development at the company.

Well, the message is finally being ‘heard.’

The Denver-based company has unveiled a new pricing structure for its control system. Dealers can buy the system outright under the Ruby plan, or they can pay 25 percent down with a monthly software licensing fee for a five-year, full-service upgraded warranty plan. (Dealer pricing is in the five-figures.)

The plug-and-play control system requires no wiring and no IP addresses, according to Dajani. “There are no specific technical network requirements other than you don’t want to run it over a cheap router.” That is not a problem since mostly high-end integrators are installing Josh.ai and replacing the home network.

According to Dajani, the voice control portion of Josh.ai has several advantages over Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Siri, including:

  • It does not require a “wake” word like “Alexa” or “Hey Google.”
  • It can string together multiple complex commands. A homeowner can ask Josh to “turn on the lights and dim them to 50 percent, lower the shades and my play my surf rock radio station” all in one command.
  • It is designed for large, high-end homes. Josh.ai was not designed as a single-room solution. According to Dajani, it was one of the first to market with dynamic voice control, which is probably why the product was mistakenly pigeonholed as purely a voice control system.

Robert Costanza, president of RVC Systems Inc. in San Jose, Calif., is a fan.

“My experience with Josh.ai has been fantastic, from installing/programming to tech support. The team at Josh.ai flew out to meet me in person. They delivered the unit and gave me training on the product. I was then able to install the unit in the client’s home, program it, test and have it all working in under 30 minutes. I’ve never installed and programmed a system on the control/integration side so easily,” he notes.

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how easy it is to install or setup a product if it’s not reliable and easy for the client to use. Josh.ai nails both. After giving the client a walkthrough of the smartphone app, the client was controlling the system as if he had been using it for years. I also showed the client how to log into the system through his computer to make programming changes and before I knew it, he had already created additional scenes, schedules and zones,” he explains.

Even though the system has voice control, it also works with Amazon Echo/Alexa and Google Home. Constanza says the system simply “sits on the network and ties everything together into a nice smartphone interface that’s easy to use while also giving you the additional ability of voice control,” he adds.

The company will be offering a course entitled “Integrating Voice Control for the Whole Home” at the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) trade show in Amsterdam in February.



  About the Author

Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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Comments

Posted by Julie Jacobson on January 17, 2017

Adroit1 - I don’t see anything about them dropping their price 25%, just offering a finance option, basically. Dealer cost is in the low 5 figures. It’s an expensive system.

Posted by Adroit1 on January 17, 2017

I have tried to get firm pricing to make a decision as to whether or not Josh A I is a good value, but, without becoming a dealer, I could not get pricing. Now there is a article that says they are reducing their pricing by 25%. The question is from what to what. The product seems great, but I have to wonder about a company that won’t reveal even a MSRP approximation. Until the consumer price range is shown, I won’t have anything to do with them.

Posted by Adroit1 on January 17, 2017

I have tried to get firm pricing to make a decision as to whether or not Josh A I is a good value, but, without becoming a dealer, I could not get pricing. Now there is a article that says they are reducing their pricing by 25%. The question is from what to what. The product seems great, but I have to wonder about a company that won’t reveal even a MSRP approximation. Until the consumer price range is shown, I won’t have anything to do with them.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on January 17, 2017

Adroit1 - I don’t see anything about them dropping their price 25%, just offering a finance option, basically. Dealer cost is in the low 5 figures. It’s an expensive system.