Cloud Driver

05/31/2018
by Shelby S

WHAT IS THE CLOUD DRIVER?

We’re so glad you asked! The Cloud Driver is DriverCentral’s driver management software, making the process of installing drivers as easy as possible for dealers.  This driver streamlines the Control4 driver installation process and allows dealers to manage Control4 projects and drivers in one user interface.

All you need to do is download the Cloud Driver and link it with a project token to experience the benefit of simple project and driver management!

The Cloud Driver offers several benefits to dealers such as a simple software update process, license tracking and adjustments, and email notifications. By centralizing software updates, licensing, and notifications, dealers reduce the traffic on their networks and speed up driver installation and update time.

We have outlined each of these incredible benefits below to help you better understand how the Cloud Driver can help you!

1. Software Updates

Dealers know all too well that software needs to be updated… constantly. The frustration begins when dealers have to spend hours checking each driver for every project to determine if an update is required.

When you have 100 clients, even if each home has just a few drivers… that time adds up! The Cloud Driver aims to make software updates much simpler, reducing the time dealers have to spend updating driver software.

Instead of logging into Composer, manually accessing each project, and searching for possible updates for each installed driver, the Cloud Driver allows dealers to easily see what version every driver purchased from the marketplace is running in real time in the Project Portal. If a driver needs to be updated, dealers can simply click the Force Update button, notifying the Cloud Driver to update that driver.

Dealers also have the option to automatically update drivers by adjusting their preferences, eliminating the need to check for driver updates and push them when an update is available.

 

2. Licenses

Keeping track of licenses is a huge pain for dealers! When drivers are purchased from other online marketplaces, they are collected into a single list which requires dealers to label each driver to keep track of which project each driver has been assigned to. Once licenses are labeled, they have to be copied from the marketplace and pasted into Composer for each driver and every project. What a headache!

GOOD NEWS! With the Cloud Driver, DriverCentral automatically pushes driver licenses to Composer when a driver is assigned to a project in the Project Portal. NO MORE COPYING AND PASTING LICENSES! Licensed drivers are located in the dealers’ Project Portal, where drivers can easily be assigned to various projects using a dropdown menu.

DriverCentral can also import existing licenses into the Project Portal to make managing and controlling these licensed drivers even easier. The Cloud Driver handles the licenses for all drivers purchased on DriverCentral to verify that the driver installed in a project has been purchased and monitor for updates. This allows dealers to see all their projects and each of the drivers installed in every project from the Project Portal and monitor updates from the singular system.

 

3. Email Notifications

Email notifications give dealers peace of mind – you no longer need to worry that a driver isn’t functioning properly or that a driver’s trial license has expired.

If a Control4 system connected to a Cloud Driver fails to check in within 24 hours, the dealer is notified automatically, giving the dealer a heads up that there is an issue before your customer experiences a problem. Imagine being able to fix the problem before your customer even realizes there is one!

Also, DriverCentral will automatically send the dealer an email when a driver license has 24 hours left of a trial. This ensures that dealers have the opportunity to purchase drivers running on a trial licenses before the license expires.

 

 
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Driver Auto Updates

03/27/2018
by Shelby S

How much time do you spend maintaining and updating your clients’ software? If you are like most Control4 dealers, the answer is a lot. Updates for software are continuously being released as developers discover a need to programming adjustments and better user experiences. While these updates give customers a better system and enhance the user experience, each update requires additional time and attention from the dealer.


Imagine if you could push updates to your client’s system automatically or simply log into a single interface and access each of your clients’ systems. With DriverCentral, updating your client’s system takes a fraction of the time manually updating a system requires. The process is streamlined to save you time, energy, and ultimately, money.


Dealers can enable automatic driver updates via the Control4 interface by accessing the System Design tab in Composer and clicking ‘Auto Update All On.’ This will automatically push any updates for installed drivers to your customers’ systems without needing to manually check for the update on each individual system. The graphic below shows where this feature is located within Composer.



In some cases, automatically updating drivers isn’t the best option. For example, if you know a customer is going to have a big holiday party over the weekend, sending updates to their system on Friday may not be a great idea. While some updates are small and do not fundamentally alter a system, others are more comprehensive and take a bit of time to get used to. If your clients require more consideration prior to system updates or if you as a dealer prefer to have more control over the updates going to your customers’ homes, the DriverCentral Driver Update interface is perfect for you!


Dealers have all experienced the frustration of needing to log in to each individual system, search for drivers that have updates available, then choose to update each driver individually. This requires extensive knowledge of each of your clients’ systems and knowing what versions of various drivers each system is currently running. Most importantly, this process requires a significant amount of time, typically 15-30 minutes per client. If you have 50 clients that need to be checked monthly, updates alone could take 12.5-25 hours a month.


If you have purchased your Control4 drivers on DriverCentral, updating 50 clients’ homes can take as little as 5 minutes. All clients are listed on a single interface, showing available updates as notifications. Dealers can then click into a particular client’s system, see a list of updates available for that system, and enable updates individually. Once an update is sent to the client’s home, it is included in the next hourly system reboot and automatically integrated into the system. The graphic below shows the update option in the DriverCentral portal. The blue bar indicates that an update has been activated. When the button by an available update is grey, it has not yet been activated.

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At DriverCentral, our goal is to make the process of purchasing, installing, and updating drivers as simple and user-friendly as possible. Log in to your dealer portal and experience just how easy it is to view and install driver updates for your clients!

CALLING ALL DEVELOPERS!

02/27/2018
by Shelby S

Have you developed a driver for Control4, Elan, URC, RTI, or Q-SYS? Do you have the skills to develop drivers, but have always wondered how you would sell them?

DriverCentral is your answer! DriverCentral is the central hub of distribution for developers to sell their drivers directly to dealers without the headache of marketing, invoices, or service support. The DriverCentral platform is made by developers, for developers. With over 3,300 registered dealers, DriverCentral is the best way to show your software to dealers. Our platform pays you instantly – no lag between a purchase and when you get paid.

We have created an always-improving dashboard giving you access to information on sales, downloads, trials and more, making DriverCentral the top-of-the-line resource for developers to easily sell their drivers and monitor driver sales. (Note: We do not take or store analytics from customers projects)

We handle all licensing, transactions, tech support, auto updates, and sales reports so you can focus on what you do best: developing.

Most of all, we want to bring the community together and have a resource for dealers to find the software that they need.

Join us and discover why DriverCentral is the best developer platform on the market.

 

How Driver Central Is Improving Its IoT Software Database

02/16/2018
by DriverCentral Team

Check Out the Latest Platform Updates on Our Website

When it comes to custom IoT software, one of the most significant selling points is diversification. It’s about the endless possibilities you have when making custom changes to your systems.

For this reason, DriverCentral places a big priority on continually updating our database to offer new customization options to dealers. In the past, this has primarily meant expanding our existing ELAN, URC and Control4 driver options.

Now we’re taking that a step further by incorporating two new platforms to the mix: RTI and Q-SYS.

As custom technology experts, we also know how valuable the user experience is. That is why we’ve upgraded our payment options to integrate Stripe.

SEE MORE: Must Have Value-Add Drivers for 2018

Incorporating New Driver Platforms

The most exciting announcement this month is the addition of both RTI and Q-SYS software to our offerings. For dealers who are not familiar with these platforms and are looking for new technology solutions for their systems, we've included a quick overview of both below: 

  • RTI: Founded in 1992, RTI is a leader in the smart control industry through its award-winning handheld and in-wall controllers and apps available for IOS, Android and PC. RTI’s Integration Designer software makes it easy for dealers to customize their projects. They also offer ongoing education and a Partner Program dedicated to integrating RTI products with other systems and devices.
  • Q-SYS: Using a platform based on IEE networking standards, Intel Processing and Linux operating systems, the Q-SYS platform is ideal for IoT software-based feature upgrades. Q-SYS can help with all type of audio, video and automation features including VoIP integration and third-party control.

Stripe Payment Gateway

To make payment processing go as smoothly as possible, we have added another option to process your payment during checkout.

By adding Stripe, which is built specifically for platforms like ours, we can eliminate the issues some of our users were experiencing with PayPal. You can expect stripe to be fully operational for all developers within one week.

If you have any questions about our new RTI and Q-SYS drivers or about our new Stripe payment gateway, you can contact one of our Support Representatives through our support page.

ISE Expo 2018

02/05/2018
by DriverCentral Team
Chowmain will be launching several drivers and modules at ISE Expo in Amsterdam this week. If you are there, pop by and check out the latest integration technology.

Chowmain's Kaleidescape Module for URC Total Control 2.0 will be launched at ISE Expo on the URCbooth (1-N15). This module provides two-way ip control including programmable events which you can create the perfect cinema experience at home with. It also provides browsing, searching, and playback of movies via any URC interface with cover art and meta data.

Also at ISE Expo, Chowmain's brand new two-way IFTTT Maker and Oppo Bluray drivers for ELAN core 8.2 on the ELAN booth (1-N50). Add Google Home, Geofencing and more to ELAN now.

Integrated Systems Europe is the world´s largest AV systems integration show. The annual four-day event, takes place at the RAI Amsterdam – The Netherlands, from 6-9 February.

Must-Have Value-Add Drivers - 1/2018

01/24/2018
by DriverCentral Team

Offer Your Clients Unique Features Ideal for Project Up-Sells


When you’re designing a smart technology system, it’s all about creating a custom experience for clients. In that sense, it's crucial to integrate personalized features that will add value to your project while enhancing their day-to-day lifestyle.  
For some clients, eco-conscious features are a priority while for others the only focus is convenience. You need to be able to add value to your projects by adapting to these unique needs.
The problem is that the home integration software we work with often isn’t quite as malleable as we’d like it to be.
A cost-effective way to approach this problem is through value-add drivers that make it easy to add features to an existing or newly built system. Below we highlight some of our favorites—both for their practicality and uniqueness—but you can find plenty more on the 
Driver Central website.

Homemation Easy Occupancy Driver – Make your occupancy programming quicker and easier. No need to even venture to the programming section in composer. Select your sensor(s), select your light(s), set the timeout and your done! It is also an experience button so the customer can easily enable and disable the timer from any Navigator.

Advanced Announcements Driver - Gives you futuristic dynamically generated voice announcements over your Control4 system without any additional hardware.  Imagine waking up to the your home telling you the weather or being notified about your next appointment from the speaker's in your home.

Keypad Enhancer - this new driver adds key features to Control4 keypads, such as control of up to three sets of lights with dimming, LED blinking and advanced color control as well as keypad disable (lock-out).

 Garage Agent - Simple and powerful garage door integration using any garage door (more powerful than standard installation)

Site Updates - 12/2017

12/22/2017
by DriverCentral Team
Our developers have been hard at work to make DriverCentral even better. We have done a visual overhaul of the whole site, as well as made our knowledgebase live at help.drivercentral.io. We aim to make your experience as user friendly as possible. As always we are constantly trying to improve the site. If you see something that you don't like, please let us know and we will be happy to take any features into consideration.