Customization is king at Control4, and the company proved it once again at CEDIA Expo 2018 with the announcement of two key new features to its home control platform. While the integrator is free to tap into the new customization features, Control4 designed them primarily for use by end-users. It’s another step toward minimizing an integrator's need to make house calls for simple system adjustments and empowering customers with easy programming tools.
One way dealers can encourage their Control4 customers to become more involved in the setup of their systems is through music.
Control4’s latest OS version, which it showcased at the CEDIA Expo, expands the company’s comprehensive lineup of music streaming services including Napster, SiriusXM, Spotify, Tidal and others, to now also include Amazon Music and Deezer HiFi.
These, as well as another other music services, can be added to a customer’s music library through a new feature called “Add Music.” Integrators can do this for their customers, but adding music is so easy homeowners can do it themselves directly from a Control4 touchscreen or the mobile app.
The ability to add music streaming services on the fly is just one way homeowners can personalize their smart home experience. The new Control4 OS also lets users create and edit their own smart home scenes through the system’s “When, Then” feature.
Again, it puts the homeowner in charge and lets integrators focus on bigger, more complex programming challenges. With the new OS, customers can create and edit voice scenes for Amazon Alexa, create custom buttons and programming for Control4’s new Intercom Anywhere, and modify schedules for lighting scenes.
“We’re empowering homeowners to fine-tune their Control4 experience in ways that matter most to them—how they listen to music, design lighting scenes, initiate voice control, and secure their homes,” says Martin Plaehn, Control4 chairman and chief executive officer.