Commercial AV control and automation solutions company SAVI Controls has added Eric Smith to its board of directors and as a technical advisor. Smith was a co-founder of Control4 and its former CTO.

As SAVI pioneers innovations for commercial AV control systems, Smith brings his technical knowledge to the company, and will provide guidance to support SAVI in improving the commercial installation experience, according to the announcement. Smith co-founded Control4 in 2003 and served as the company’s chief technology officer for nearly a dozen years. During his tenure at Control4, he was instrumental in introducing a new paradigm to the business of home control, says the announcement.

Eric Smith

“We are thrilled to add Eric to SAVI’s Board of Directors. His legacy in creating groundbreaking platforms and products that were responsible for reinventing residential home automation aligns with our vision to disrupt the commercial AV automation market,” said John Dorsey, SAVI CEO. “Eric’s knack for thinking outside the box, along with his unique ability to incubate novel ideas, will contribute greatly to SAVI’s momentum in the market.”

“SAVI’s vision to radically simplify every facet of the commercial AV automation experience for dealers and their customers – is backed thus far by stellar technology and product innovation.  I’m excited to work with the R&D team to accelerate development to deliver more SAVI-powered products to enable dealers to design impressive and immersive AV experiences for their customers,” said Smith.

Prior to Control4, Smith co-founded STSN, a provider of broadband services for business travelers, before which he co-founded PHAST Corp. He later served as the CTO for SilverVue, a healthcare software provider that aims to improve patient experiences and enable them to make well-informed decisions regarding post-acute care.

In August, SAVI released its next-generation commercial automation and control system, SAVI 3, which streamlines installation, programming, and expense with simple programming tools, intuitive end-user software to manage the system onsite, an easy-to-use user interface, and a whole new line of hardware. SAVI 3 will be available to certified dealers this quarter.