Van Nuys, CA — U.S. distributor, AVAD LLC, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Exceptional Innovation LLC, the Westerville, Ohio-based manufacturer of Life-ware software that merges home-automation and digital entertainment into a single interface for homeowners.
As an AVAD Integration Partner, Life-ware gains access to AVAD’s network of more than 10,000 certified dealers, significantly expanding its reach within the custom installation market.
AVAD’s Integration Partner program creates repeatable and scalable solutions among its roster of best brands in custom home electronics, including Aprilaire, Escient, Lutron, Marantz, NetStreams, Niles Audio, Phillips, Panasonic web cameras, Polk, Pronto, RTI, Sirius, Universal Remote Control, and now Life-ware. Each brand’s respective engineering department works together to provide a feature set with seamless interoperability.
With Life-ware, AVAD dealers can offer their customers a complete home automation solution that is simple and efficient to install, without requiring a full-time programmer on staff to make all the components work together. Also, Life-ware’s ease-of-use for the homeowner contributes to greater customer satisfaction and fewer call backs, leading to more repeat business and referrals for AVAD dealers.
“Our dealers are looking for simple, yet sophisticated, solutions for whole-home integrated systems,” said Wally Whinna, executive vice president of marketing for AVAD. “That’s what makes Life-ware a great fit with AVAD’s product offering. Life|ware brings together home automation and digital entertainment with a simple touch of a button.”
Life-ware and AVAD will team together to provide in-field support, local dealer training at AVAD’s 37 US branches, and after-sale customer support to ensure dealers have all the information and tools they need to maximize their profitability with each Life|ware installation. Every AVAD branch will also feature a Life-ware Experience Center where dealers can bring their clients to interact directly with a fully-integrated Life-ware home automation system.
“We have recognized the need for dealers to get more pieces of their solution from one resource. Our hardware neutral approach and AVAD’s brand selection gives a dealer the best of both worlds,” said Steve Cashman, chief strategy officer of Exceptional Innovation. “Our programs with AVAD offer the most comprehensive approach for dealers in the integrated systems category.”