Since coming to market in 2018, technology company Olibra has been hard at work responding to strong demand and expanding opportunities for their Bond Bridge platform. Bond Bridge enables users to command their RF remote controlled-equipped motorized window shades, ceiling fans, and fireplaces instead via the Bond Home App (smartphone/tablet) or a whole-house control system. 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 the appliance(s) 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 thirty 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 fifty appliances in a 3,500 square foot home, bringing simplified, unified control to larger projects and covering the entire home.
Exposure for Bond Bridge Pro continued with the March 2021 CE Pro Podcast #47: Bridging Gaps to Broaden Today’s Smart Home Possibilities, where CE Pro Magazine editor Arlen Schweiger interviewed Olibra CEO Zohar Shinar. “After talking to multiple dealers, we realized they loved the idea of going into a job and connecting a lot of appliances without doing any wiring and without any workarounds – just use the [Bond Bridge Pro] hub. No need for line of sight, just learn the controls of those appliances,” told Shinar.
Adding to this, in 2021 CE Pro Magazine recognized Bond Bridge Pro with their IoT/Connected Product award (Control Interface category) which honored IoT-related products serving residential and commercial markets. Entries were judged on several key elements: innovation / technological advancement, ability to integrate with other products, value, end-user, and integrator benefits.
“From thermostats to surveillance cameras, to appliances, to whole-house control systems and everything in between, the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming ubiquitous in the home. And the Bond Bridge Pro is playing a role in that expansion,” says Jason Knott, editor-in-chief of CE Pro.
“Shinar details what is fueling Olibra’s growth: “Integrators care most about reliability, simplicity, and value as evidenced by the hundreds of integrators now working with Bond Bridge Pro. 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-users 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:[%20] https://bit.ly/3BspihN
“It is clear to us that Olibra has created a worthwhile new platform that delivers efficient functionality, reliability, and real value to integrators everywhere. With all this and other near-term initiatives such as 2022 Tech Summits, major partnerships, and new products, Bond Bridge will become a household name in the channel in a short time,” says Muto Communications Bond Bridge Account Director Richard Frank.