While April 1 may be a bit of an unusual date to make a big product announcement, Savant isn’t fooling around with its new Smart Host home automation system.
Savant home automation has a reputation for being one of the systems of choice for high-end custom home automation—in other words, it’s an cheap, off-the-shelf smart home system. The new Smart Host product allows people to get a Savant system into their homes for a lot less money. The main hub itself costs only $999 to the end user. That’s a lot less than previous Savant solutions, but, the company says, the new Smart Host, with its quad-core processor, can be the brains for a 12 room savant home automation system.
Because of its entry-level price, the Smart Host, while powerful enough for a whole house, is also a good starter system for a family that only wants automation one or two rooms to start.
Savant home automation can control and integrate just about anything–lighting, heating/AC, window shades, audio/video systems, security, etc.
The Savant Smart Host runs the same software as previous Savant controllers, which means it can do all the things that Savant is known for. Connections on the compact Smart Host are respectable. There are 6 IR inputs, 2 RS-232, 1 relay, 1 GPIO, 1 Ethernet and 1 optical audio input. Additional inputs can be added with external bridges including a forthcoming Z-Wave bridge. The Z-Wave bridge will make Savant compatible with a host of Z-Wave smart home products already on the market.
Along with the new Smart Host, Savant announced a newly redesigned Metropolitan line of lighting control products including dimmers, switches, keypads, and fan controllers that can offer dimming and volume control.
While Savant is now available for a fraction of what it once cost, it’s still a professionally installed home automation system. The Savant app itself does offer the homeowner a bit of customization control, but overall the system calls for a pro to do all the installation and programing.