Control4 today released the CA-1 Automation Controller for smart home customers interested in lighting, temperature control, and security. At $350, it is designed to install for discrete wall, closet, and shelving installations aimed at homebuilders, MDU developers, and hoteliers.
The CA-1 Automation Controller includes Ethernet, WiFi, Zigbee, and serial communication, leveraging the large Control4 database of thousands of third-party devices to ensure easy integration and interoperability. Using the optional Z-Wave module, sold separately at $70 U.S. MSRP, enables the CA-1 to be compatible with a selected set of Z-Wave control devices including door, window, water, flood, and temperature sensors, electrical outlets, and dimmer outlet modules. The CA-1 also features Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) so it can be installed virtually anywhere with a single network cable.
“The emerging range of smart locks, thermostats, lights, and cameras available today have certainly raised consumer awareness for the promise of the smart connected home,” said Martin Plaehn, Chairman and CEO, Control4. “Homeowners as well as home builders and building developers are looking for more than a just collection of independent, smart devices. Our new CA-1 and industry-leading Control4 OS deliver that needed capability and customer experience – orchestrating all of the smart devices in a home.”
“Demand for home automation is growing and home buyers expect smart experiences in the houses we are building,” said Vincent Grabowski, Vice President of Construction from Saddle-Tree Homes in Colorado Springs. “But if we just add individual smart devices here and there, the homeowner experience quickly becomes disjointed or incomplete. Control4 and its new CA-1 provides a far more comprehensive solution and cohesive connected home experience – and at a price-point that fits all of our homes.”
“The CA-1 utilizes the industry-proven Control4 platform and broad device ecosystem so our dealers can immediately succeed with the skills, resources, and expertise that they already have,” added Plaehn. “This is not a dialed-down version of the Control4 OS nor a compromise; this is a new category of automation controller designed to meet the connected home demands of home builders, building developers, and their buyers.”
Expanding the Control4 controller lineup, the CA-1 complements the entertainment-focused EA Series controller line, used in projects of all sizes and complexity. Using the CA-1, home builders and homeowners can now start with smart lighting, safety, and security via Control4.
Price and Availability
The new Control4 CA-1 comes is available globally today (February 6, 2018) for $350 in white with a two-year warranty.