Back in July of 2016, our friends at Commercial Integrator wrote a very exciting article about how the idea of SAVI was born and brought to fruition.
Control4 had long been looking for a big way to transition from a smart-home company to one that could also provide that type of solution in commercial applications too. Meanwhile, SAVI Controls was quietly building its reputation as a go-to provider of commercial control software solutions, but had been falling short on worldwide name recognition, something Control4 had among residential integrators but not on the commercial side. The companies decided the best way for them to achieve their goals was to work together, and make sure the coming-out party was an eye-popping undertaking. Enter the new Topgolf facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, a combination driving range/restaurant/bar, with new locations opening across the country. SAVI Controls built its new commercial control system, dubbed SAVI Server 2.5, on the Control4 API and unveiled the results at the Salt Lake City Topgolf in May. SAVI Server 2.5 is a web-based software platform in a 1U rackmount form factor that controls audio, video, lighting, and automation in commercial spaces. SAVI and Control4 have had a relationship since the first version of the offering was released in the fall of 2011. SAVI “was born out of the desire to move from residential to commercial,” says president John Dorsey, and Topgolf came along at the right time to make that happen.