The End of vNet: Owner to Discontinue, Launch new Home Automation Co.
Automated Control Technology Partners will be the parent company for a number of brands, including 3vNet, which will be discontinued Dec. 31, 2013.
Mike Anderson, the custom electronics veteran who purchased Colorado vNet from Russound in 2012 and renamed the company 3vNet, has formed Automated Control Technology Partners, Inc. (ACTP), a new company that will serve as the parent company for a number of brands, including 3vNet.
Anderson, who will serve as CEO and president, says ACTP will launch a home automation brand in May 2013 and discontinue 3vNet sales Dec. 31, 2013.
“The home automation industry has seen a number of great innovations over the years,” says Anderson. “While those solutions have served the needs of custom installers and their customers, the time has come for a necessary paradigm shift in the approach to control. ACTP’s mission is to revitalize the industry by taking an ‘outside-in’ approach to home automation by focusing on the user experience as the single most important driving factor behind product development.”
Anderson says shutting down 3vNet at the end of 2013 will give dealers enough time to wrap up existing projects and will ease the transition to the new product line. Anderson says ACTP has sufficient 3vNet inventory and will continue to service the needs of 3vNet customers, including honoring all existing 3vNet warranties.
“ACTP is committed to the advancement of building automation and in order to move forward, it is vital that we begin to focus our efforts on the next generation of products,” says Anderson. “That forward-thinking philosophy has led us to the decision to wind down the 3vNet brand. However, we do not want anyone to be caught by surprise and feel a responsibility to the dealers, so we are supporting and shipping products until the end of the year. The technology behind 3vNet has had an impressive impact over the years, but now is the time to undertake an entirely new direction in our approach to automation.”
“We will work relentlessly to continue supporting all 3vNet customers during this process and those customers can be assured that they will receive superior customer support as long as necessary,” Anderson added.
THE vNET SAGA
Colorado vNet Packs 70-Watt Amp in Elegant Touchscreen for Multiroom Audio (9/10/06)
Colorado vNet Adds Security, Climate, Camera Control to Lighting & Audio System (8/25/07)
Colorado vNet Gets up to $705,000 to Stay in Loveland, Colo. (2/08/08)
Colorado vNet Retrenches, Despite ‘Record Orders’ (11/03/08)
Colorado vNet Secures Funding, Plans Expansion (5/26/09)
Who Would Buy Colorado vNet? (9/26/09)
Russound to Acquire Colorado vNet (10/05/09)
Colorado vNet Closes Again, Probably for Good (12/29/10)
Colorado vNet Here to Stay (2/18/11)
Russound Sells Colorado vNet (4/25/12)
Colorado vNet Renamed 3vNet (6/18/12)
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