Control4 enhances its hospitality platform with wireless music streaming and energy management solutions
Salt Lake City, UT - June 24, 2014 at 8:00am MT - At Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) 2014, being held next week in Los Angeles, Control4 (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leader in residential and commercial automation systems, will showcase the latest update to its powerful hotel automation solution, which adds simple, seamless, and secure wireless music streaming capabilities for hotel guests and improved energy intelligence solutions for hotel owners.
Control4® Hospitality OS 2.5.3 adds support for the company's award-winning Wireless Music Bridge, which allows guests to stream music from their smartphones, tablets, or other portable devices via Bluetooth. Wireless Music Bridge gives listeners access to their private music libraries as well as streaming music from services like Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio. This seamless solution does not require a physical dock and preserves the full browsing and app capabilities of the mobile device. Guests just walk in the door, pull out their phone or tablet, and fire up their favorite playlist; the Control4 Wireless Music Bridge allows nearly every smart device to bridge music, podcasts, news, sports and audio books into the hotel room's audio system.
To ensure privacy and security for hotel guests, the system dynamically creates a unique access code upon check-in, which is only valid for the duration of their stay.
In addition, the new software update adds support for Telkonet's EcoCentral energy management software including EcoInsight and EcoWave thermostats. "We're very happy to add Control4 to our growing alliance of partners and are thrilled to see Control4 effectively integrating our energy management technology," said Jason Tienor, President and CEO of Telkonet.
"Together with Control4, we are looking forward to pairing smart energy consumption with simple one-touch comfort solutions to deliver the ultimate in efficiency and convenience."
Control4 is also introducing a new streamlined version of its thermostat control for hospitality, which allows guests to enter a single temperature set point instead of separate set points for heating and cooling, making it even easier to control room temperature.
"Today's smartphone-savvy travelers are becoming increasingly accustomed to using their digital devices to enhance their travel experience-from checking in at the airport to renting a car or hailing a taxi. They expect the same level of experience when they arrive at the hotel," said Jim Arnold, Senior Vice President of Sales for Control4. "Hoteliers are increasingly finding that Control4 is the perfect automation solution for enhancing the customer experience and increasing brand loyalty. With this latest update to the Control4 Hospitality Solution, the bond between the guest, their mobile device, and the room itself grows even stronger."
During HITEC, Control4 will be showing their entire portfolio of hospitality solutions including wireless and panelized lighting control solutions, remote control charging stations, and TuneIn Radio for hotels, which delivers direct access to more than 70,000 traditional and internet-only radio stations streaming from around the world. Additional features this year include a Simple Control API for concierge solution providers and third-party in-room technology solution providers.
"For hotel owners and managers, the Control4 Hospitality Solution delivers a better guest experience, increased productivity and efficiency, and a competitive advantage," said Arnold. "With the additional features and functionality we are now providing, the value for hotel owners and guests alike continues to increase."
The Control4 Hospitality Solution can currently be found in more than 11,000 hotel rooms in 10 countries worldwide.
For more information, contact your local Control4 dealer or visit www.control4.com.
Control4 [NASDAQ: CTRL] is a leading provider of automation systems for homes and businesses, offering personalized control of lighting, music, video, lighting, temperature security, communications and similar functionalities into a unified home automation solution that enhances the daily lives of its customers. Control4 unlocks the potential of connected devices, making entertainment systems easier to use, homes more comfortable and energy efficient, and families more secure. More than 75% of Control4's consumers have integrated two or more functionalities with Control4's solution, which is available through more than 2,800 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 80 countries. By delivering insightfully simple control solutions that enhance the lives of individuals and families, Control4 is the automation platform of choice for consumers, major consumer electronics companies, hotels, and businesses around the world.