December 2, 2014 – Residential Systems Magazine
It’s been a long haul for the custom integration business as it slowly rebounds from a major recession and the collapse of the U.S. real estate market. But, in what most would consider a bounce back year for the custom electronics installation business, manufacturers are more encouraged about their product development efforts and are actually happy to discuss their product success stories again. RS felt that this month was a great time to check in with our friends supplying products and technologies to the trade, and let them puff their chests a little bit about their 2014 top sellers. Forgive them if they’re prone to hyperbole. Usually, magazine editors detest the overuse of adjectives. This month, we’re letting the hype flag fly high in the hopes that the momentum from late 2014 will continue on into the New Year.
For Clare Controls, Steve Roberts noted the industry’s “very positive reception” to his company’s extended line of CLIQ controllers. “We introduced the original member of the family, the CLIQ.host, as the next logical step in our ongoing mission to optimize integrators’ efficiency,” he said. “It incorporates a broad range of common interface elements into a single unit, lowering overall system cost, simplifying project configuration, and reducing the field tech’s time-to-install. An expansion module, the CLIQ.connect, was simultaneously released to accommodate easy upward scalability with near-zero configuration, via the integral ClareBus.”
Roberts said that until recently, integrators have been forced to “sit on the sidelines and watch helplessly” as telcos, cable companies, and DIY startups made well-publicized (but technologically reductive) overtures to the huge–and very eager to automate–mainstream market. With Clare’s new CLIQ controllers, however, these dealers can compete more effectively and profitably for business in mainstream homes, with full-featured automation solutions capable of delivering all of the standard applications (lighting, video surveillance, access control, security integration, etc.), plus services like multi-zone audio and distributed video entertainment – staples of the custom automation industry – that the managed systems cannot touch.
Read the entire Residential Systems article here.