RTI Announce New Driver for Jandy Pro Series AquaLink RS Pool and Spa Systems


Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), a leading provider of automation and smart control solutions for residential and commercial environments, have in the past few days announced the availability of a new two-way driver for Jandy Pro Series AquaLink RS Pool and Spa automation systems.

The new driver, developed by RTI themselves, allows homeowners or integrators to quickly and easily incorporate iAquaLink-connected pool equipment into RTI control and automation systems without any additional equipment or serial adapters.

That allows users to control their gardens and pool areas through the same RTI control interfaces they use to control all other devices and features around the home. RTI’s vice president of global sales, Mike Everett, explained more:

‘The Jandy two-way driver makes an exciting addition to our library, allowing our dealers to integrate AquaLink pool automation into the RTI ecosystem and further unify the control experience across the home…For AquaLink owners, complete control over all aspects of their pools and spas is just a touch away on an RTI interface, whether they’re poolside at home or halfway around the world.’

Connected pool and spa equipment which can be brought under the umbrella of an RTI control system thanks to the new driver includes pumps, cleaners, colour lights, heaters, jets and plenty more besides.

With the new driver, therefore, all of those items can now be controlled via Jandy’s iAquaLink app or from RTI’s control interface options, including handheld controllers, in-wall keypads, and the RTiPanel app.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for RTI home automation solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Denon Introduce New AV Receivers

Denon, a world leading provider of top class audio solutions, have this week announced the availability of two new AV receivers. Named the Denon AVR-X3500H and the Denon AVR-X4500H, the two new AV receivers were first announced last month but their availability has now been publicised via Denon’s official blog.

According to the company’s announcement, both new receivers feature the very latest in audio decoding, voice control and streaming technology, whilst each also delivering their own individual features.

The Denon AVR-X4500H is a premium 9.2-channel receiver, delivering outstanding audio quality through nine 200W channels of amplification, made crystal-clear by Advanced AL32 Multichannel processing, according to Denon. The AVR-X3500H, meanwhile, is slated as a ‘fantastically versatile’ 7.2-channel AV receiver, which pumps out 180W per channel.

The cutting edge technology packed into each new AV receiver, what’s more, includes support for three-dimensional sound formats Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X and Auro-3D, Advanced Video Processing with analogue-to-HDMI conversion and built in HEOS and Amazon Alexa support.

Support for the aforementioned 3D sound formats allows for incredible home theatre immersion and the Advanced Video processing ensures the best possible picture, no matter what the source. HEOS and Amazon Alexa support, meanwhile, allow users to utilise their AV receiver as part of a multi-room setup and to control it through spoken commands, rather than using an app or remote.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Denon audio solutions please call us today on 0800 195 4825.


Crestron Win Prestigious 2018 Microsoft Global IoT Partner of the Year Award

Crestron Wins 2018 Microsoft Global IoT Partner of the Year Award

Crestron, a world leading provider of home automation, smart control and enterprise solutions, yesterday announced that they had been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Global IoT Partner of the Year Award for 2018.

The annual Microsoft Partner of the Year awards celebrate top Microsoft partners who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

In 2018 the awards took place in Las Vegas and Crestron were recognised for providing outstanding solutions in IoT in the form of Crestron XiO Cloud. The Crestron XiO Cloud is a revolutionary IoT-based provisioning and management solution built on the Microsoft Azure platform.

XiO Cloud has revolutionised the use of Crestron’s popular open UC, room scheduling, AV, and content sharing solutions at the world’s leading companies. Crestron vice president of unified communications strategies, Ted Colton, spoke of the company’s pride at receiving the Partner of the Year Award:

‘Crestron is honoured to be recognised by Microsoft for developing game-changing connected technologies that help propel digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies worldwide.’

The IoT category of Microsoft’s awards was judged by a number of IoT stakeholders and leaders from Microsoft Common Data Service, One Commercial Partner, Windows and Azure. The winners were determined by commitment to customers, the solution’s impact on the market, and exemplary use of Microsoft technologies.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Crestron automation, control or enterprise solutions please call us today on 0800 195 4825.


Denon Launch World’s First 13.2 Channel AV Amplifier


Denon, a world leading producer of top class audio solutions, has in the past few days announced the launch of their new AVC-X8500H AV Amplifier. According to the company, the AVC-X8500H is the world’s first 13.2 channel AV amplifier and also packs in a whole host of further features.

The new AVC-X8500H AV amplifier supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. Dolby Atmos helps to power an immersive, multi-dimensional listening experience and means that the new amplifier can be twinned with six other speakers to produce a 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 surround sound speaker system.

DTS:X coding helps to deliver a lifelike, three-dimensional audio experience, by placing sound where it naturally occurs in space. It also comes with DTS Neural:X; a format that provides improved height realism and gives movies, games and music a lifelike authenticity unmatched by traditional 5.1 surround sound.

Auro-3D, meanwhile, provides an immersive surround sound experience in addition to traditional channels supporting up to a 13.1 or 13.2 configuration and will be enabled via a future firmware update.

On top of support for those three object-based audio formats, the AVC-X8500H also supports the latest in picture quality to provide a truly remarkable auditory and visual experience. It is Dolby Vision compatible and supports 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 colour resolution, HDR and BT.2020.

Wireless listening is also possible thanks to the amplifier’s ability to stream music via Bluetooth and Wi Fi. Built in HEOS technology, what’s more, means that you can enjoy your favourite tracks in any room of your home wirelessly.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Denon audio solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Sonos Announce New AirPlay 2 Support

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Sonos, the world’s leading provider of multi room audio solutions, yesterday announced that a range of their products can now support Apple’s AirPlay 2 audio streaming technology. It the Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbase and second generation Sonos Play:5 speakers which now boast the support.

Thanks to the new support, AirPlay 2 can now instantly send sound from any AirPlay-compatible iOS app to those devices. That means that there’s another easy way to use Sonos to listen to services like Apple Music, Spotify, Audible, and dozens of others.

On top of that, enabling AirPlay 2 on Sonos also unlocks the possibility of using Siri to control Apple Music. Using an iPhone or iPad, Sonos users can now ask Siri to play whatever they wish and to play it wherever in the home they want to hear it.

The new link up of AirPlay 2 and Sonos devices isn’t all about listening to music either. Apple’s audio streaming tech allows users to watch videos on apps like YouTube, Netflix, and many others and pipe the sound throughout their home on Sonos.

Sonos users who have devices other than the four types listed earlier can also benefit from this new support, as long as they also have at least one of those devices. Grouping other Sonos devices to an AirPlay 2 compatible speaker allows them to use AirPlay across their entire home sound system.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Sonos whole home audio solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Extron Introduce New Larger Room Scheduling Panel

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Extron Electronics, a world leading provider of automation, audio visual and enterprise solutions, have in the past few days announced the introduction of a new 10” touchscreen panel to their already extensive range of Extron Room Scheduling systems.

Named the Extron TLS 1025M TouchLink Scheduling Panel, the newest addition to the Extron range connects directly to a variety of popular calendar services, and requires no additional scheduling software or external processors.

Amongst a multitude of exciting and useful features, the TLS 1025M boasts a vibrant 1280 x 800 capacitive edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass touchscreen that is especially designed to be scratch and smudge-resistant even with constant use.

To give a greater range of installation options, the TLS 1025M also boasts Power over Ethernet (PoE) connectivity, which allows it to receive power and communication over a single Ethernet cable. The integration friendly room scheduling panel also includes two bright red and green LEDs in order to make it easy to see if a room is occupied or available, even from down the hall.

Casey Hall, Extron’s vice president of global sales and marketing, summarised the benefits of the new TLS 1025M and explained just what it offers to users:

‘The new TLS 1025M has a brilliant, high resolution edge-to-edge touchscreen and is the largest of our TouchLink Scheduling panels…The room analytics functions give customers vital, at-a-glance data to help them schedule rooms and view meeting trends across their organization [sic].’

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Extron enterprise solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.