During its dealer event at CEDIA, Control4 introduced a series of new capabilities with its new release of Control4 4Sight service. The company unveiled a new homeowner customization functionality called “When >> Then Automation” and a new audio/video Intercom App that enables homeowners to receive door station intercom calls on their mobile devices, at home or away. Part of the Control4 OS 2.10 software release, new native streaming music services from iHeartRadio and Spotify are also available today on Control4 systems.
When >> Then enables a homeowner to tweak and fine-tune their Control4 automation without having to engage their dealer to make simple adjustments. The ability for homeowners to “edit” and “add” to the automation within their home has been a top request by both Control4 customers and dealers. When >> Then, now included with the Control4 4Sight service, is an intuitive, easy-to-use web interface, enabling customers to make adjustments to the automation settings in their homes directly, personalizing their Control4 system at any time after the installation.
“Combined with the skills and stability of a professional installation by trained and certified Control4 Dealers, we’re enabling a perfect blend of professional expertise with a homeowner’s ability to establish and change their automation preferences,” Control4 CEO Martin Plaehn said. “As homeowners live with and adjust their personalized Control4 home to match the way they live, we believe they will expand their smart home with additional devices and integrated systems, which is great repeat business for our network of expert Control4 Dealers.”
For the first time, Control4 provides homeowners with the direct ability to create smart home actions when a button is pressed, when motion is detected, when a condition occurs, when it’s a specific time, or when a door is opened or closed. For example, with When >> Then, homeowners can change the schedule for the porch light, change which music plays when a living room keypad button is pressed, or send a push notification when the garage door is opened.
With Control4’s When >> Then personalization, the user selects a When (on a schedule, with a touch of a button, or after an event) and selects a Then action to take place (turn on a light, start a playlist, or send a push notification). Homeowners who subscribe to the 4Sight service and have OS 2.10 installed will have immediate access to the When >> Then on customer.control4.com. Check out a video of When >> Then here.
Also available now with the 4Sight service is the new Control4 Intercom App for iOS and Android devices. Homeowners can now receive Control4 Door Station and audio/video intercom calls directly on their mobile devices, providing them visibility and access to their front gate or front door from anywhere in the world. Unique to Control4, while on a call in the Intercom App, with a single tap, homeowners can activate their Control4 automation such as turn on lights, open the gate, or unlock the front door without leaving the app; a perfect blend of peace of mind and home control.
Control4 offers a complete intercom system with a high-end door station, dedicated touch screens, and doorbell cameras built for durability and premium audio/video quality. Whether in the home or away, homeowners can now receive incoming audio/video intercom calls on their mobile device or call from their mobile phone to Control4 Touchscreens installed throughout out the home for the most complete connected home intercom solution.
The Control4 Intercom App is now available for early access to Control4 Dealers through the company’s beta program.
Focusing on providing homeowners improved smart home experiences, the newly enhanced 4Sight service via the Control4 OS 2.10 release includes:
* When >> Then Automation
o After a dealer completes the initial install, homeowners can use When >> Then Automation to fine-tune their smart home.
* Intercom App for iOS and Android
o Get audio/video calls from your door station to a mobile phone and to touchscreens in the house, ensuring that no matter where you are, you’re always connected and can see who’s at the door.
Control4 also has added iHeartRadio and Spotify to the company’s native streaming service roster that already included Deezer, Napster, Pandora, TIDAL, and TuneIn. Control4’s native implementation enables customers to select a favorite playlist, album, or station within the Control4 App and stream it throughout their home using their EA Series controller without any additional media players. As always, homeowners can begin streaming music from all available services for which they have accounts through their Control4 Touchscreen, handheld system remote, voice control, programmable keypad, and Control4 mobile app.
The Control4 OS 2.10 is available now for new and existing Control4 systems. The 4Sight annual subscription service is $100 U.S. MSRP.