Control4 Showcases Energy Management System at Autovation

September 24, 2009

Control4 demoed the Control4 Energy Management System (EMS) 100 at Autovation 2009. The EMS 100 combines the functionality of a home area network controller with demand response support, with a wireless thermostat and energy management software to provide utilities a cost effective, flexible, home area network solution for their smart grid deployments.   Leveraging award winning Control4® Home Automation product technology, the EMS 100 is the only home energy management solution that delivers customer usage data via the smart meter and a standard’s based, secure platform that can control virtually every device in the home.

“Our products support today’s regulatory requirements to proactively engage the residential consumer by delivering data via the smart grid to facilitate energy efficiency.  But the ability to control devices in the home, particularly during peak load and demand response events, is the key component to energy management that only Control4 provides, ” said Will West, Control4’s CEO. “By providing an easy-to-use, engaging consumer experience that’s coupled with automated device control, utilities can help their customers play a far more active role in managing energy use, which will contribute to generation and distribution efficiencies.”

The system aggregates energy usage data from various loads and presents the information in an intuitive display so that customers can make changes in their home to reduce energy usage or set up their in-home device to automatically do it for them. The EMS 100 serves as a valuable communications tool, providing utilities an efficient means to alert customers of demand response events and send signals directly to devices in the home during peak times.

The EMS 100 solution features the following:

  • The Control4® Energy Controller EC-100 5-inch color touch screen display – The EC-100 delivers usage data and energy costs for the home and the ability for the customer to take such actions as powering down lights or adjusting shades to reduce energy use.
  • The WT-100 Thermostat – A simple, elegant, ZigBee-based programmable wireless thermostat that connects directly to the EC-100 for total control of heating and cooling throughout the home.  Programming the WT-100 thermostat is managed through the EC-100 display.
  • Control4® Network Management Software – Control4® Network Management Software enables the monitoring, optimization and reporting of all deployed energy controllers.  The network management tools provide cost effective Tier 1 technical support and remote diagnostic capabilities.
  • Control4® ECO Software – Control4® Energy Consumption Optimizer (ECO) Software collects, analyzes and compresses energy use and behavior data on the EC-100, then communicates with the utility’s load management software to treat demand response events as a dispatchable resource.  
  • Control4® platform – The standards-based, secure Control4® software platform is based on industry standards of embedded Linux and Adobe Flash Lite.  The platform is secured through ZigBee SE, SSL, and OpenSSH technology.  The platform is extensible, allowing third parties to develop new applications, providing enhanced functionality to the system over time. For example, utilities can develop their own applications such as the monitoring of gas and water or a home’s carbon dioxide output.
  • Control4 Automation & Control — Using ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Ethernet standards, Control4’s solutions give homeowners the ability to control and automate their thermostats, lights, spa or pool, sprinklers and more, to manage power usage with one easy to use interface.
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Control4 Receives $17.3 MM to Fund SmartGrid Initiatives

July 8, 2009

This morning, Control4, a leading provider of affordable, IP-based home control and entertainment systems, announced that the company had received $17.3 million in new funding to accelerate the company’s efforts in the AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) category. As more and more homeowners and utility companies recognize the importance of real-time monitoring and management of energy usage, the support of new and existing investors is a proof-point to the group’s commitment to the AMI category.

This $17.3 million in funding comes from our investors, Best Buy Capital, Foundation Capital, Frazier Technology Ventures, Mercato Partners, Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, University Venture Fund and vSpring Capital.
 
As you may know, AMI is an advanced metering system that enables Smart Grid technology initiatives. AMI-enabled electric meters will allow utility companies to monitor electricity delivery to each customer, giving them the ability to power and control high-tech residential devices.
 
Control4, with their AMI efforts, is striving to bring easy and affordable solutions to the home that translate to real value for consumers. Control4 will integrate its products with ZigBee, a wireless standard for energy efficiency, to let customers manage power usage. This solution will allow homeowners to be in control of their energy usage as they are able to program their thermostat, lights, spa or pool, sprinklers and other connected devices. The in-home system can provide alerts so the user can remotely make changes. The end result: Homeowners save on their utility bills.  
 
For complete funding details, please click here.