SAVI Controls, designer and manufacturer of commercial AV control and automation solutions, announced Eric Smith, co-founder and former CTO of Control4, joined its Board of Directors and as a technical advisor to SAVI.
“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 in a statement.
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, Smith was instrumental in introducing a new paradigm to the business of home control and in doing so, redefined the term “smart home.” In his new role as technology advisor and board member for SAVI, he will provide guidance and expertise as the company sets a path to transform commercial AV automation and control and radically improve the install experience.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Prior to Control4, Smith co-founded STSN, a provider of broadband services for business travelers, before which he co-founded PHAST Corporation. 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.
SAVI aims to dramatically reduce the time and cost associated with setup and programming to bring the fun back to commercial AV. 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. Certified dealers may sign up for a 2-day, in-depth virtual training session on the SAVI dealer website. Those interested in becoming a SAVI dealer may find more information at https://www.savicontrols.com/become-a-dealer/.