Dealers Chase Down Apple Automation Systems For OZ
One US Company that has been approached by Australian distributors is ClareHome automation systems which are owned by Clare Controls.
Their system which competes with Push Controls and Savant is described as a “high end” Mac automation that operates via the cloud with dealers earning a monthly fee after integrating the original system.
The system integrates Mac Mini functions with cloud-based apps for remotely managing a home’s lights, thermostats, security system, A/V, cameras and entertainment systems.
Drivers for the system can be downloaded by consumers after paying for them via an online app store.
The Clare drivers which are called AppModules have been written for most AV systems including Crestron, Atlona, Nuvo, Vantage, Lutron and Control 4. In addition, over 3,000 IR devices are supported, according to the company.
Clare uses various IP-enabled adapters from Global Cache to bridge IR, I/O and RS-232 devices to the network.
Clare claims that consumer can configure email and SMS alerts, schedules and other events via an intuitive interface similar to what Control 4 offers.
“It is not a mass-market product,” says PR representative Scott Moody of Marketing Matters. “They are going after higher-end dealers.”
Because it is cloud-based, the system will require a monthly fee that is set by the dealer. Through the Clare servers, dealers can access their clients’ systems remotely for system management, troubleshooting and other functions.
The system will debut at CEDIA Expo 2011.