Bond Bridge, from technology company Olibra, enables users to command their RF remote controlled-equipped motorized window shades, ceiling fans, and fireplaces via the Bond Home App (smartphone/tablet) or a whole-house control system. Since coming to market in 2018, the company has been hard at work responding to strong demand and expanding opportunities for their Bond Bridge platform.
Now closing in on 1,000 integrators worldwide, Bond Bridge’s combination of reliability, flexibility and cost-effectiveness is hitting the mark.
Introduced in 2018, aimed at the DIY market, and then discovered by integrators, Bond Bridge ($99 MSRP) learns the commands of the appliance’s RF-remote control. This empowers the user to control appliance devices via the Bond Home App. Plus, voice activated control is attainable with the addition of Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or SmartThings Apps.
Bond Bridge requires no installation or wiring, and a single Bond Bridge can control as many as 30 connected appliances in a 2,500 square foot home and from anywhere in the world.
In 2020, Olibra introduced the Bond Bridge Pro (MSRP $379) to the CEDIA channel at the Virtual Expo and Tech Bites competition. Developed expressly with the home technology professional in mind, Bond Bridge Pro brings power provisions from PoE and robust IP connectivity for easy integration with Control4, Crestron, Elan, RTI, Homebridge, and Hubitat. A step-up in capability and range, Bond Bridge Pro controls up to 50 appliances in a 3,500-square-foot home, bringing simplified, unified control to larger projects and covering the entire home.
Olibra CEO Zohar Shinar credits his company’s growth with their ability to help provide custom integrators with reliable and simple solution. “Integrator’s care most about reliability, simplicity, and value as evidenced by the hundreds of integrators now working with Bond Bridge Pro,” he said. “It installs easily and opens the door to consolidated control of traditionally RF-controlled devices. On top of this we expanded tech support to 12-hours a day, 7-days a week.”
Olibra has conducted a survey that affirms end-user’s preferences and needs in Smart motorized shades. This research is important for home technology professionals to understand the new and retrofit sales opportunities that Bond Bridge creates. Access the survey here: https://bit.ly/3BspihN