BlackWire Introduces New Control4 Apps

BlackWire Designs , a Control4 Solution Provider, has announced the availability of a suite of new applications designed to give Control4 dealers more powerful tools to target high-end residential and light commercial opportunities. Available now in the Control4 4Store, these new apps – Video Conferencing, Quick C
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BlackWire Designs, a Control4 Solution Provider, has announced the availability of a suite of new applications designed to give Control4 dealers more powerful tools to target high-end residential and light commercial opportunities.

Available now in the Control4 4Store, these new apps – Video Conferencing, Quick Control and Video Wall – offer improved control and increase the potential of a Control4 system.

The Video Conference app currently enables enhanced control of Polycom and Lifesize conferencing systems, and development is underway for additional brands. Designed for simple configuration within a standard Control4 system, the app allows customers to control camera movements right from a Control4 touch screen. Users can join conference calls, and dial a contact by simply selecting a name from the interface or by dialing the number from the keypad. The app pulls entries from the unit’s contact book ensuring easy migrations from systems that are already in place. The app also automatically disables and hides features that aren’t available on certain models, making it easy for customers to navigate the system.

The Quick Control app consolidates the Control4 interface into single-page operations, providing a way for businesses to enjoy complete control of AV devices. The Lite version offers AV control while the Full Edition version also supports simple control of lighting, lighting scenes, blinds and thermostats.

The Video Wall app provides basic control of three, five or seven TVs from a Control4 touch screen as well as control of satellite or cable boxes. The app allows end users to select channels by their icon and easily swap the displayed programs between the TVs.

"These BlackWire apps are a great example of hitting the bull’s eye when it comes to delivering customized control to our customers,” said Jim Arnold, senior vice president of Control4 sales. “But it’s also proving that our 4Store platform isn’t just a way to satisfy our customers. Apps are increasingly becoming a valuable tool to support the success of our dealer channel by opening up myriad new sales opportunities. The possibilities are endless.”

Control4 Dealers can download the apps from the 4Store and apply them to the system, simplifying integration and configuration. The four Video Wall apps range from free to $199. Video Conference starts at $299 and Audio Conference starts at $399, and some also require purchase of a driver.

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