Clare Controls is adding a new Linux-based controller and wireless Z-Wave support to its ClareHome line of home-automation system to reach more aggressive price points and expand the selection of controllable home systems.
The products will be shown at the CEDIA EXPO.
The addition of Z-Wave support enables Clare’s systems to control such Z-Wave-enabled products as Schlage door locks and Z-Wave thermostats/humidistats.
The new Linux based ClareHome controller is said to the same operating software and functionality and control from Apple iDevices on an aggressively priced Linux platform, but the company said it will continue to offer its Apple Mac mini-based controller for customers who want an Apple/Mac solution and require more IP cameras or iDevices.
The developments allows installers “to compete more aggressively for the jobs they bid without sacrificing performance,” the company said.
“Both of these announcements are aimed squarely at giving our dealers products that will allow them to compete effectively in broader markets,” said CEO/founder Brett Price.
Initial Linux-controller shipments start in September. Z-Wave support will be available in the fourth quarter.
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