Enhanced Savant Certified Programme Announced
In our two most-recent blogs we’ve looked at how Savant have introduced new features to their Savant Pro system for use by homeowners; Savant IP Video Tiling and Savant Pro Personalisation. Here we look at an initiative for third-party product manufacturers that will help in selecting the right equipment to ensure compatibility with a Savant Pro solution—it’s called ‘Savant Certified’.
When Cyberhomes are designing the perfect control and automation solution for your home, we’ll discuss in detail with you the requirements of you and your family; and demonstrate the different platforms that we offer. The choice of which control system we recommend to use is based on a number of criteria, but high priority are your preference for the user interface and the available compatibility with the equipment that needs to be integrated into the system. There’s nothing worse than recommending a solution only to find that the required drivers (also known as profiles) aren’t available for a required piece of kit—we can often write our own drivers but that can create delays and additional costs.
To avoid this potential pitfall, Savant has announced an enhancement to its ‘Partners in Excellence Programme’ to provide integrators like Cyberhomes, and our clients, with a comprehensive selection of connected devices to create a seamless smart home ecosystem. There are now three levels of the programme to which a manufacturer can participate:
- Savant Recommended
- Savant Certified
- Savant Supported
Over the last ten years, Savant has built profiles for in excess of 10,000 different pieces of equipment from a huge range of third-party manufacturers; and continues to develop profiles for new products as they are launched. These legacy products/manufacturers will be classified as Savant Supported partners.
To achieve the next level of partnership, manufacturers will need to test all aspects of Savant-built drivers to ensure flawless integration between its products and the Savant smart home platform. Certified partners will receive a test kit from Savant to ensure a thorough and efficient quality control process. Products that have undergone this comprehensive testing will be classed as Savant Certified.
The highest level of partnership is Savant Recommended. Driver/profile testing will be performed by both Savant’s engineering team and the participating partner to achieve unparalleled performance, compatibility and reliability. System integrators, like Cyberhomes, will be able to buy these products from Savant at the same time as ordering the main Savant Pro system components—no need to raise multiple orders with third-party manufacturers and distributors; saving time and reducing costs. Savant Recommend products will include speakers, network infrastructure, CCTV cameras, locks/access control, and more.
“As the control and automation landscape has continued to evolve, integration with 3rd party devices has increased in magnitude and complexity,“ said George Katsiris, VP, Product Evangelist at Savant. “Part of the emphasis with our Partners in Excellence Program is to direct integrators toward the highest quality solutions. Our objective is to select and highlight the best industry partners that are committed to providing end-users with the most reliable smart home experience.“