Control4 and Cisco Sign Strategic Agreement

Posted by at 1:59 pm on February 15, 2011

Control4 has announced that it has signed a strategic agreement with Cisco to deliver network-enabled automation platforms for connected smart communities and home energy deployments around the world. Cisco is leading an investment in Control4, and the collaboration between the two companies includes the integration of Control4 technology into Cisco’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP) and the introduction of Cisco-branded Control4 products. Additionally Control4 will become a key member of Cisco’s ecosystem in delivering specialized applications to meet the needs of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities and utility customers and deliver on the vision of Smart+Connected Communities and Cisco’s Home Energy Management Solution.

Smart+Connected Communities projects will provide tenants of these communities the ability to automate and control lighting, temperature, entertainment, communication, security and energy use. Cisco is enabling an end-to-end, highly-secure Smart Grid communications infrastructure that will help utilities, businesses and consumers better manage and reduce energy consumption. The Cisco Home Energy Management Solution empowers consumers to effectively conserve and mange household energy consumption.

Cisco will integrate the award-winning Control4 EMS 100 as an element of its comprehensive offering to global utility customers in the growing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) space. The Cisco-branded solution builds on Cisco’s sustainability platform to utilize the network to increase energy efficiency, create new tools for ‘energy-aware’ city management, and enable customers to make decisions on energy that can help reduce costs, increase reliability, and benefit the environment.

The Control4 EMS 100 is a bundled solution comprised of an EC-100 energy controller, a 4.7″ touch-screen with full color interface that provides feedback on electricity consumption and costs, Control4 ADVANTAGE software, and a WT-100 ZigBee wireless thermostat. The EMS 100 solution provides customers of utilities with information about their energy use and the ability to react to demand response event signals during peak load periods. The Control4 EMS 100 platform has been selected by NV Energy, AEP, OG&E, and other leading utilities to connect consumers to the smart grid.

For more information on Control4, see www.control4.com.

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