Control4

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Control4
Public
Traded as
Industry Home Automation
Founded 2003
Founders Eric Smith, Will West, Mark Morgan
Headquarters Draper, Utah (Salt Lake City mailing address)
Key people
Martin Plaehn, CEO; Mark Novakovich, CFO
Number of employees
530
Website control4.com

Control4 develops smart home automation systems to control lighting, entertainment, security, energy, and other connected devices.[1] The company's 2013 initial public offering was considered to be the 'first pure-play home automation IPO ever.'[2] Control4 is based in Draper, Utah with offices in York, England; Shanghai, China; Bangalore, India and San Jose, CA.[3]

History[edit]

Founded in 2003 by Eric Smith, Will West and Mark Morgan, Control4 debuted at the CEDIA 2004 home technology trade show and released its first products later that year.[4] The company received funding from Foundation Capital, Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, Signal Peak Ventures, Frazier Technology Ventures, and Cisco Systems[5] prior to its August 2, 2013 IPO.[2][5] Current CEO Martin Plaehn joined Control4 in September 2011.[6]

Products and services[edit]

Control4’s home automation systems have been likened to an operating system for the home.[7][8] The company develops a branded line of products and services to control home lighting, multi-room audio, and HVAC systems that utilize communication protocols such as ZigBee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Z-Wave.[9] Control4 also supports more than 8,000 devices[10] from third-party manufacturers, including the Nest smart home thermostat, [11] CoolMasterNet for seamless integration with VRF & Split HVACs,[12] Sonos music system,[13] and products from Sony[14] and Sub-Zero.[15] For example, with Control4, a homeowner could control “the ventilation in his garage, the music streaming to speakers in multiple rooms of his home, every light, the TV, the thermostat, even the Blu-Ray player in the guest house” from an iOS device.[16]

In 2012, Control4 released its Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), which makes products embedded with the code automatically discoverable on a Control4 network.[9] The company licenses the protocol, which is similar to Universal Plug and Play,[17] to other vendors for their products (such as Sony Bravia TVs).[14]

As of January 2015, over 100 developers supported SDDP in more than 500 devices, including Panasonic, Dish Network, Bose, TiVo, Epson, Harman Kardon, Denon, Pioneer, Sony, Sharp, and Yamaha.[9][18]

As of February 2015, Control4 was selling its products through a network of 2,676 North American and 787 international authorized dealers in 88 countries.[19][20] In 2016 the following dealers were honored with 2016 Dealer of the Year Awards[21]:

  • EMEA – Audiotek SARL
  • Spain – Arbona piza
  • France – Futur In Media
  • Portugal – Deritec
  • GCC – Mega Tech
  • Italy – Tesis
  • London – Aonyx
  • Sweden – Hages Radio TV
  • Switzerland – Olvision Sagl
  • Ireland – Cloney Audio
  • Benelux – B&G Audio Video Solutions BV

Additionally, Control4 partners with national homebuilders, including Toll Brothers, to provide optional home automation packages to homebuyers.[22]

Proprietary products[edit]

  • Audio/Video - a line of audio and video distribution products for controlling entertainment throughout a home using a centralized source.[23]
  • Lighting - wireless, programmable lighting control systems, controlled by switches, dimmers, keypads and remote devices.[24]
  • HVAC - smart thermostats, compatible with most HVAC systems worldwide and remotely controllable.[25]
  • Touch screens - touch screens, handheld and stationary, that operate as dedicated interfaces for Control4 systems.[26]
  • Remote controls - Remote controls that enable control of an entire smart home system.[27]
  • Controllers - main device connecting and controlling the entire system.[28]
  • Sensors/Relays - motion and light sensors to automatically initiate actions within the system, like turning on the lights when you enter a room.[29]
  • Cameras - security cameras for video intercoms, or “door stations.”[30]
  • Networking - following the acquisition of Pakedge in March '16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Control4 Experience". Control4.com. Control4. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Jacobson, Julie (5 August 2013). "Control4 Up 25% on First Day of IPO; How Did They Get There?". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "About Control4". Control4.com. Control4. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Jacobson, Julie (1 June 2014). "Introducing Control4: Automation Vets Plan ‘Unrivaled’ Product Launch". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Fehrenbacher, Katie (1 July 2013). "Connected home startup Control4 files for an IPO for up to $60M". GigaOM. GigaOM. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Control4 Names Martin Plaehn President & Chief Executive Officer". Control4.com. Control4. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  7. ^ LaMonica, Martin (15 February 2011). "Cisco ties knot with Control4 for smart home". CNET. CNET. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Jacobson, Julie (8 May 2008). "Control4 Aims to Be ‘OS’ of the Automated Home". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c Jacobson, Julie (17 January 2014). "Control4 CEO on Home Automation Standards, DIY, Pro Install". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Control4 Uses Embedded SDDP Technology to Provide Smart Home Solution for Panasonic’s New 4K Ultra HD Series TVs". Control4.com. Control4. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Jacobson, Julie (8 February 2011). "Control4 Loves Europe: New Drivers, London Tube App, KNX". CEPrp. CEPrp. Retrieved 8 Feb 2011. 
  12. ^ Burns, Matt (9 September 2014). "Nest Finally Works With Control4, Crestron, RTI And URC Home Automation Systems". TechCrunch. TechCrunch. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Jacobson, Julie (25 January 2010). "Integration at Last: Sonos Wireless Audio and Control4 Automation". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Trout, Christoper (21 January 2011). "Control4, Sub-Zero get in on the home automation game". Engadget. Engadget. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  15. ^ O'Brien, Kelly (16 March 2015). "Can Comprehensive ‘Smart Home’ Systems Go Mainstream?". Boston.com. Boston.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  16. ^ https://lilin.zendesk.com/entries/58683848-SDDP-Simple-Device-Discovery-Protocol
  17. ^ Jacobson, Julie (6 January 2015). "Panasonic’s New 4K Ultra HD TVs Get Control4 SDDP for Integration". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  18. ^ Knott, Jason (6 February 2015). "Control4 Reports Higher Revenues, But Below Expectations". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  19. ^ Palenchar, Joseph (29 May 2014). "Control4 Sees Connected-Product Growth Boosting Its Sales Potential". Twice. Twice. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Control4 Names Top International Dealers and Distributors for 2016". www.control4.com. Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  21. ^ Knott, Jason (4 February 2014). "Toll Brothers Adds Control4 as Home Amenity Option". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "Control4 Branches Out with New A/V Switches, Amplifiers". CE Pro. CEPro. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  23. ^ Burger, Dennis (7 May 2013). "Control4 Vastly Expands and Updates Its Wireless Lighting Control Lineup". Technology Tell. Technology Tell. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  24. ^ Jacobson, Julie (12 February 2015). "Control4 Intros Much Smarter Thermostat, Way Better Interface at ISE 2015". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "Control4 Introduces New Whole-Home HD Video Intercom, Smart Climate Control, and New High-Performance Touchscreens". Hidden Wires. Hidden Wires. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  26. ^ Palenchar, Joseph (10 February 2015). "Control4 Adds Products, Upgrades OS And App". Twice. Twice. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  27. ^ "System Overview". Contrl4.com. Control4. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  28. ^ Knott, Jason. "Control4 Launches Wireless Lighting Control Line". CEPro (7 May 2013). CEPro. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  29. ^ Jacobson, Julie (10 February 2015). "Control4 Builds Better Video Intercom, Sexier Touchscreens, Next-gen Remote". CEPro. CEPro. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  1. Official website
  2. Wilkinson, Darryl (February 2006). "Control4 Media Controller System". Home Theater Magazine.
  3. Sciacca, John (February/March 2006). "Control4 Whole-House Music Server/Automation System". Sound & Vision Magazine.