Next wave of cloud-based home automation system further streamlines project configuration and deployment
SARASOTA, Fla. February 6, 2013 – Clare Controls, a provider of easily configured, deployed and maintained home automation systems, is now shipping the next generation of its acclaimed ClareHome automation system to its authorized dealers.
“I think the new version is great…it’s just a huge step forward,” said Keith Clausen of Pinnacle Home Technologies, a key participant in ClareHome v2’s Beta trials. “When I made suggestions, Clare was very attentive, and very receptive to the feedback I was providing. As a guy from an IT background,” he added, “I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to work with a company that’s really listening to what’s going on in the field, and works with us to respond quickly with fixes and enhancements that make us more efficient.”
ClareHome v2 further leverages Clare’s still-unique cloud-based project management capability, with improvements to the Fusion Configuration Tool that make projects of all sizes and complexities even easier to configure. Additionally:
- Version 2 provides native support for the Clare Controls App, Clare’s “People Over Places” user interface. Empowered by the App, ClareHome users create and modify personalized control spaces without their integrators’ assistance.
- Updates to the cloud-based Fusion Configuration Tool’s driver library include a number of new two-way IP-based integrations, mainly to support entertainment functionality.
- The v2 release introduces support for Clare’s new Linux-based controller, giving dealers a cost-effective addition to the original highly-scalable Mac mini controller. The new controller pairs perfectly with Clare’s iMR, an integrated multi-room audio solution that offers studio-quality sound performance for four or six zones while fitting nicely into a standard structured wiring panel. Featuring D-Class amplification and CobraNet technology, Clare’s iMR busses beyond six zones via simple Ethernet connectivity.
- ClareHome v2 includes the genesis of Z-Wave support, opening a rapidly-expanding universe of services to projects integrated under ClareHome. Water valves and Schlage door locks are available immediately, with thermostats/humidistats and more to follow.
ClareHome v2 furthers Clare’s mission to optimize dealer efficiency while giving users as much control as possible over their own interfaces. The iMR and the Linux-based controller are cornerstones of the ClareHome Builder’s Program, in which Clare’s dealers leverage targeted support and volume discounts to capitalize on the growing demand for home automation in the mainstream market by partnering with local builders.
For more information on Clare Controls and ClareHome v2, visit www.clarecontrols.com.
About Clare Controls
Clare Controls is a provider of solutions that streamline the integration, maintenance and monitoring of sophisticated home automation systems. Clare products are deployed locally in customer sites and administered remotely via cloud-based technologies that maximize dealer efficiency while providing unprecedented customer control. For more information, visit http://dealer.clarecontrols.com.
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