Clare Controls is now shipping the next generation of its ClareHome automation system to its authorized dealers.
“I think the new version is great—it’s just a huge step forward,” said Keith Clausen of Pinnacle Home Technologies, a key participant in ClareHome v2’s Beta trials. “When I made suggestions, Clare was very attentive, and very receptive to the feedback I was providing. As a guy from an IT background, I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to work with a company that’s really listening to what’s going on in the field, and works with us to respond quickly with fixes and enhancements that make us more efficient.”
ClareHome v2 further leverages Clare’s cloud-based project management capability, with improvements to the Fusion Configuration Tool that make projects of all sizes and complexities even easier to configure.
Version 2 provides native support for the Clare Controls App, Clare’s “People Over Places” user interface. Empowered by the App, ClareHome users create and modify personalized control spaces without their integrators’ assistance.
Updates to the cloud-based Fusion Configuration Tool’s driver library include a number of new two-way IP-based integrations, mainly to support entertainment functionality.
The v2 release also introduces support for Clare’s new Linux-based controller, giving dealers a cost-effective addition to the original Mac mini controller. The new controller pairs with Clare’s iMR, an integrated multi-room audio solution that offers studio-quality sound performance for four or six zones while fitting into a standard structured wiring panel. Featuring D-Class amplification and CobraNet technology, Clare’s iMR busses beyond six zones via simple Ethernet connectivity.
ClareHome v2 includes the genesis of Z-Wave support, opening an expanding universe of services to projects integrated under ClareHome. Water valves and Schlage door locks are available immediately, with thermostats/humidistats and more to follow.