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Control4 gives dealers the power

New Pakedge PDUs feature surge protection and intelligent power management for all critical home automation, A/V and networking equipment

 Salt Lake City, UT – APRIL 18, 2017 9 A.M. EDT – Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announced the new Pakedge PowerPak family of power control devices. Enabling Control4 and Pakedge dealers to remotely remediate problems and avoid costly onsite service visits, PowerPak PDUs provide centralized power control and management with surge protection for all equipment in a connected home. BakPak-enabled, dealers can monitor and manage PowerPak PDUs for their entire customer base in a single interface.
New features of the PowerPak line include thresholds for current and voltage draw, and self-healing for non-responsive devices. The Pakedge PowerPak PDUs have built-in UL1449 surge protection to safeguard connected equipment against power spikes. The new PDUs also leverage SafeStart boot sequencing to power on devices such as modems, routers, and switches in the appropriate order – ensuring proper reset and optimal functionality. The PowerPak family of power control devices consists of 9 outlets for the US and North America, and 8 with IEC plugs for international markets.
Power monitoring and control is the first-line of defense in bringing a system or device back online. Devices powered with a PowerPak PDU can be managed in a group or individually with port-level control and monitoring. Using BakPak, technicians can now define voltage and current thresholds for connected devices, receiving alerts if a device exceeds these thresholds and may be experiencing issues.
“On average, there are over 40 connected devices in a Control4 smart home. The high-impact combination of BakPak and our new PowerPak line gives our dealers powerful tools to monitor and manage virtually all the gear in their customers’ homes — stepping in to remediate issues before they even become apparent to the homeowner,” said Paul Williams, VP, Product Management, Control4. “Having the ability to remotely troubleshoot issues will save our dealers time and money.”
PowerPak outlets are individually controllable through telnet or web browser, and can also be pre-programmed. An all-new Control4 driver enables automated and programmed outlet control within a Control4 project, allowing dealers to add intelligent power control to any device not connected to the network. Locally, PowerPak PDUs self-heal devices that have become non-responsive to network pings by cycling power to a troubled device.
Available and shipping today, PowerPak PDUs join an existing line of power distribution units with models from 2 outlets up to 20. The new PowerPak 9 and PowerPak 8i have an MSRP of $600 US and are available now to all Control4 and Pakedge dealers.
For more information on Control4 visit www.control4.com.
 About Control4
Control4 [NASDAQ: CTRL] is a leading global provider of automation and networking systems for homes and businesses, offering personalized control of lighting, music, video, comfort, security, communications, and more into a unified smart home system that enhances the daily lives of its consumers. Control4 unlocks the potential of connected devices, making networks more robust, entertainment systems easier to use, homes more comfortable and energy efficient, and families more secure. Today, every home and business needs automation horsepower and a high-performance network to manage the increasing number of connected devices. The Control4 platform interoperates with more than 10,000 third-party consumer electronics products, ensuring an ever-expanding ecosystem of devices will work together. Control4 is now available in 90 countries. Leveraging a distribution channel that includes over 5,500 custom integrators, retailers, and distributors authorized to sell the full-line of Control4 products, Pakedge branded networking solutions and Triad Speakers, Control4 is delivering intelligent solutions for consumers, major consumer electronics companies, hotels, and businesses around the world. 

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