Eric Smith

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

Dealerscope editor-in-chief Jeff O'Heir talks to Control4 cofounder and CTO Eric Smith about the new InfinityEdge controller, and other new products at CEDIA Expo.

Control4 last week announced the dates for its fifth annual In Control Tour. Sponsored by Card Access, Inc. and Hughes Satellite, the tour will visit 13 cities, between May and August.

For the custom electronics and home automation suppliers at this year’s International Builders’ Show (IBS), the soft housing market and the lag in recovery that is expected to occur well after the federal government’s economic stimulus package takes effect are all the more reason for them to have a presence on the floor here, in Orlando’s sprawling Orange County Convention Center. “This is our first IBS, and the reason we came,” explained Paradigm’s marketing manager, Mark Aling, “is to help set up home builder-installer contacts. Lots of home builders don’t know who to trust on the CI side. When you give that key

“We’ve been telling dealers that the elder market is something they can tackle. A few thousand dollars for an automation control in the home, something as simple as motion sensors so that if it’s 10 am and no activity has been sensed in the home, a care giver will be sent an e-mail notification...that can keep an older person living in their home independently for another year. It’s much cheaper than assisted living facilities. I think this is a very big marketing opportunity.” -Eric Smith, CTO Control 4, a home automation company

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