Control4 announces acquisition of NEEO at ISE 2019
Control4 has acquired Switzerland-based smart home remote company NEEO to enhance it remotes, touch panels, keypads and other smart home devices.
NEEO introduced its remote control in 2016 and was well-received by the industry as a simple out-of-box solution that works with thousands of devices.
Raphael Oberholzer, NEEO’s founder and head of the product team will now be working with the Control4 engineering group in Salt Lake City on the development of the next-generation of Control4 remote controls, touch panels, keypads, and other devices. He will lead the development of Control4’s interaction devices and will report to Control4 senior vice president, products and services, Charlie Kindel.
Charlie Kindel (R) and Raphael Oberholzer (L)
“Raphael built a world-class customer-centric product team with proven strengths in industrial design, product development, and user experience. We’re keen to add NEEO’s unique expertise and award-winning Swiss design ethic to enhance our plans for reimagining the way homeowners interact with their Control4 systems,” said Martin Plaehn, chairman and chief executive officer, Control4. “The NEEO acquisition is a talent and technology investment that will yield beautifully-designed and deeply integrated products in the future. We’re excited to welcome the NEEO team to the Control4 family,” he added.
“From the start, it was obvious that both our companies are passionate for customer-centric design,” said Raphael Oberholzer, NEEO founder. “By joining the Control4 team, we can execute our shared vision to accelerate the creation of beautiful products consumers want in their smart home.”
Having previously sold its remote to homeowners online, NEEO is discontinuing its direct-to-consumer distribution due to the acquisition. Control4 is now supporting existing NEEO customers and plans to provide and upgrade path to make it simple for users to access Control4’s broad range of smart home solutions.