Savant releases V8.0 of its control systems software

posted on Sunday, 8th May 2016 by Geny Caloisi

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Home automation manufacturer Savant has released its Pro software version 8.0. The new release includes firmware updates, new licensing plans, Sonos integration, native streaming media from Autonomic, a new Pro Remote, and vast improvements to the user interface.

Caroline Britt, MD of Savant Europe, the exclusive UK and European distributor and a trading division of RGB Communication, says, “We are launching some innovative new features with 8.0, which are designed to further enhance the quality and luxury our customers expect when they engage with their home control system. This is a big step forward that will bring vast benefits to both integrators and end users’’.

The Savant 8.0 software includes an enhanced user interface for the Savant app. Amongst other changes, Savant has ‘flattened’ out the interface so users can “see everything in the house from the home screen,” explained Tim McInerney, director of product marketing for Savant. This has made the app even more intuitive, resulting in a simplified user experience.

Savant feels it is important to integrate with other high quality manufacturers in order to create the most flexible system possible. Sonos is the latest manufacturer to be named as a Savant elite partner. Elite partners collaborate together with Savant to ensure that the products become mutually beneficial to installer and end users. As a result, Savant 8.0 now fully integrates with the popular range of wireless audio products. 

Savant _Pro _App _Home (1)

Savant teamed up with Sonos to optimise the integration. McInerney points out, “Sonos has given us access to their engineering team and vice versa. We share our software with them. It’s more of a two-way-communication type of partnership. If we’re having issues, we have help.”

The Savant Smart Host with 8.0 will also double as an Autonomic media player, one of the most popular media-management services among home-technology integrators. Users can now tap into music from all of Autonomic’s streaming media partners including Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, Slacker, Napster, Tunein and iTunes.

The new Savant 4K Video Input Module will also now be available and it supports HDCP 2.2. It also provides audio down-mixing as well as video down-converting for 1080p displays. Additionally, Savant partnered with PureLink, maker of high-performance commercial-grade video switchers, to offer new video switchers for the residential market. They come in two versions, 4x4 and 8x8, and include SmartHost Premium licenses.

Savant _Remote _Scenes

And to complete it all is Savant’s new remote, which is receiving industry wide praise, having already won the Residential Systems 2016 ISE Best of Show Award. It works with the devices that users already own to deliver a one of a kind entertainment and automation experience. ‘‘The new Savant remote represents the very latest innovation from Savant, bringing together everything the end user needs in home control into one easy to use interface. The Savant remote is the only remote that end users will need,” concluded Britt.

The Savant Pro 8 App is available for download at the following links:

Click Here (Apple)

Click Here (Android)

Geny Caloisi

Geny Caloisi is an accomplished technology journalist who has worked in a variety of AV industry publications. 

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