At Savant’s recent 14th annual Integrator Summit in Vegas during the International Builders’ Show (IBS), its CEO and founder, Robert Madonna (shown in photo), shared highlights of a 2020 product roadmap as well as new strategic partnerships. The event also included over 25 live product demos and breakout education sessions, while providing attendees time at IBS to learn about the latest in residential building technology.
On the heels of hundreds of Savant 2019 product intros and 400-plus partner product intros, the 2020 conference, according to Savant, focused on continued innovation across all categories, including emerging categories such as lighting, energy automation and wireless high-resolution digital audio, plus enhanced partnerships across the smart home marketplace. Additions to Savant’s Partners in Excellence Program include an enhanced relationship with NETGEAR, Kohler’s Robern brand of premium vanities featuring tunable LED lighting, and full integration with Ring’s new X Line.
Ring Founder and Chief Inventor Jamie Siminoff was on hand. He highlighted Savant’s partnership integration with Ring, together with the newly unveiled Ring X Line. Savant plans to deliver the Ring Video Doorbell experience within its smart home ecosystem, and Savant says that integrators can expect to see Ring features such as a live view of Ring video, notifications and two-way audio later in 2020. Along with this product integration, Savant will offer the newly announced Ring X Line of hardware for sale through the Savant Store. To be available in March, it will have features designed specifically for the CI channel, says Savant. Initially, the Ring X Line will consist of seven devices across the entry and camera categories.
It was also announced that Savant has enhanced an existing partnership with network products and services provider NETGEAR to offer the full suite of the company’s networking solutions to technology integrators. This exclusive arrangement will enable integrators to offer networking capabilities along with exclusive, co-engineered solutions for the CI market, according to Savant, that are optimized for the Savant smart home ecosystem, streamlining design, installation and service processes. Through this partnership, integrators will gain access to 24/7 system design and support services, increasing job site efficiency, Savant says.
Other Conference Highlights
– At the 2020 Summit, Savant also showcased an expansion of the AVB and WiSA-enabled Smart Audio product family, including a new three-channel amplifier with onboard Savant control capability and an industrial design, the new high-performance free-standing bookshelf speaker designed by Cary Christie featuring capacitive touch controls on the top surface, and an AVB to WiSA Bridge, creating additional connectivity options for integrators. These new audio products are slated for delivery later in 2020, says the company.
– Also announced there was that Racepoint Energy has acquired the technology and team of NOON Home, including residential lighting control innovations. This acquisition will enable Racepoint Energy and sister-company Savant to deliver what Savant says are comprehensive and intuitive lighting and intelligent control solutions. NOON offers a complete lighting control platform that can be discovered, configured and controlled with a single app experience. This acquisition will expand both Racepoint Energy and Savant’s lighting control offerings, including the addition of NOON’s unique keypad style to the Savant keypad lineup.
– West Coast Experience Center at Vegas Modern 001 – In partnership with Blue Heron, a Southern Nevada-based luxury design/build firm specializing in custom homes and boutique communities, Savant announced a new West Coast Experience Center, coming soon to the Las Vegas Valley. Products featured in Blue Heron’s newest show home, Vegas Modern 001, include an end-to-end lighting solution featuring control and fixtures, Savant’s user interface, Savant IP audio and speakers, Savant IP Video and Video Tiling, and advanced energy automation including solar, micro grid and flexible load management technology. The new West Coast Savant Experience Center is slated to open in Summer 2020.