Savant Intros $999 ‘Big Boy Automation’ Package
New smart-home Gateway includes handheld remote, little black box, full Savant home automation.
September 25, 2013 by Julie Jacobson

Today, if you want Savant home automation system, the price of entry is about $4,000. But the maker of Apple-friendly home controls is rolling out a “system” at CEDIA Expo 2013 that starts at $999 for a controller and slick handheld remote.

The key is a new $500 Gateway nicknamed Big Boy Automation—as in, not a wimpy little box that a mass-market home control newcomer such as Comcast sells you. The Linux box, expected to ship in Q1 2014, features the full Savant software and does not require a Mac Mini on the network (although one can be added to enhance the system).

The Gateway is packaged with Savant’s new $499 Wi-Fi universal remote, the SUR-0500.

A kit that includes one Wi-Fi dimmer/keypad one Wi-Fi thermostat and user license (both iOS and Android) will retail for $1,499.

A security-centric package is on the way.

Savant’s Jim Carroll says that television commercials from home automation mass-marketers are driving consumers to specialty dealers.

Those custom electronics pros tell him, “We need to be relevant. … Here, I’ve got something for $1,000.”

The Gateway includes IR, two RS-232 ports and two GPIOs. It “can do everything a full-blown million-dollar Savant system can do,” Carroll says, but a full “luxury license” will be required … and of course a lot more I/Os.

Savant recently launched a line of Wi-Fi dimmers and is adding to the Internet of Things category with $99 Wi-Fi plug-in modules and smart power supplies.

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Julie Jacobson - Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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