Sonos Confirm IFTTT Support

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Sonos, a world leading manufacturer and innovator in the field of wireless speakers and audio solutions, have recently announced If This Then That (IFTTT) integration for their smart speakers and other devices.

The announcement is one of a string of major innovations and commercial decisions from Sonos this past calendar year, and is designed to pave the way for owners of IoT products to enjoy more communication between them.

The idea behind IFTTT is that those owners of IoT products can program their connected devices to react a certain way when something specific happens. With the new Sonos IFTTT integration, then, they would be able to set a Sonos speaker to play their favourite track or radio station once their Ring-enabled door unlocks to signal the fact that they’ve arrived home.

Thanks to the new integration confirmed by Sonos, users will soon be able to manage playback control, pause/resume/next/previous, and volume controls including up, down, mute and unmute on Sonos products.

What’s more, IFTTT can additionally be used for beginning a pre-defined Sonos song, ‘favourite,’ album and playlist for extra playback options in the home. Whatever particular configurations and IFTTT events homeowners desire can be programmed online or via the accompanying app and relevant commands will be sent to Sonos devices.

The release of IFTTT support is currently just a beta version, but Sonos were quick to point out its potential:

‘IFTTT has integrated hundreds of different smart home products, websites and content providers and with today’s beta launch, you can trigger your favourite songs and sounds on Sonos from millions of different IFTTT events.’

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


Monitor Audio Exhibit Pair of New Products at CEDIA 2018

Monitor Audio, a world leading manufacturer and provider of speakers and other audio solutions, have recently exhibited two of their newest product lines at the major CEDIA 2018 trade show in San Diego, California.

Alongside a range of their existing solutions and systems, Monitor Audio used the CEDIA 2018 show to demonstrate their brand-new CLG-W10 garden subwoofer and their equally novel V240-LV architectural loudspeakers.

Monitor Audio’s CLG-W10 Subwoofer is a new addition to the company’s Climate Garden System of outdoor loudspeakers that have been designed to take Monitor Audio’s award-winning hi-fi audio into the garden. The subwoofer is weather resistant and can be buried into the ground or mounted onto a surface to offer greater flexibility.

The CLG-W10 features a bespoke Inverted Cone Driver that utilises a rigid dome diaphragm to deliver powerful, punchy bass. The inverted dome ensures any water that enters the mesh vents will drain away and, thanks to its ceramic coating, the C-CAM is impervious to moisture and tough environmental conditions.

Monitor Audio’s new V240-LV speakers, meanwhile, art of Monitor Audio’s Vecta interior/exterior range of architectural loudspeakers. They are designed to be simply installed in places where other speaker choices would prove impractical.

At CEDIA 2018, Monitor Audio displayed the V240s in a new cluster configuration, which was made possible by the innovative LV version of the speakers. That special configuration delivers near 360º audio, using a specially developed V-CLUSTER bracket.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Monitor Audio speakers or other audio solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Extron Introduce New ShareLink Pro 1000 Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway

Extron Introduces Its Most Intelligent Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway Yet

In the past week Extron, a world leading manufacturer and provider of audio visual solutions, have announced the introduction of their new ShareLink Pro 1000 Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway.

Described by the company as its most intelligent wireless and wired collaboration gateway yet, the ShareLink Pro 1000 enables anyone to present content from their computers, tablets, or smartphones onto a display for easy collaboration.

The new ShareLink Pro 1000 supports simultaneous display of up to four devices including an HDMI-connected device, and dynamically updates the display layout as new content is shared or removed. That HDMI input allows the new gateway to support wired connections from any connected source.

In order to facilitate both open and restrictive environments, the new collaboration gateway has various different collaboration and moderator modes. When used with Extron GVE – GlobalViewer Enterprise software, what’s more, multiple units can be managed across an enterprise or campus.

Speaking in light of the introduction of the ShareLink Pro 1000, Extron’s vice president of global sales and marketing, Casey Hall, explained the motivations behind creating the new collaboration gateway:

‘The growing popularity of collaborative environments has led to the need for greater flexibility in how users share content…ShareLink Pro 1000 was created so that users can collaborate using most any device, and simultaneously share wired and wireless content on the same screen at the same time, creating even more collaborative environments.’

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


Control 4 Introduce Comprehensive KNX Solution for Smart Homes Around the World

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Control 4, a leading global provider of control and automation solutions for smart homes worldwide, have recently introduced a new Control4 KNX solution.

The solution includes KNX support within the Control4 OS and a new KNX product line to deliver superior experiences within smart homes in the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Germany and Singapore. KNX has become a popular standard for lighting and HVAC control and according to Control 4, their new release embraces and deeply integrates KNX into the Control4 ecosystem.

Control 4’s new KNX line incorporates over 100 new products, including lighting, HVAC, blinds and rollers, keypads, frames, and bus management products.

According to the company’s announcement, that means that the new Control4 KNX solution provides homeowners with the full breadth of the Control4 experience, including intuitive ways to control and interact with a home through a mobile app, touch screens, handheld remote, and voice control.

Alongside the brand new KNX product line, Control 4 have also introduced a new KNX Network driver, supported in the latest Control4 OS release, which natively connects to existing KNX devices within the home without requiring third-party integration. That enables interoperability with the entire Control4 ecosystem, including support for Amazon Alexa voice control, where available, and over 12,000 other connected products.

Speaking about the company’s new releases, Control 4 CEO Martin Plaehn explained what their new KNX solution can deliver to smart home owners around the world:

‘By offering and deeply integrating KNX products with Control4, we are introducing many more customers to the power of Control4 audio/video entertainment, smart lighting, comfort and peace of mind, along with flexible personalization via When>>Then.’

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Control 4 smart home solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Lutron Add new Finish Options to Their Palladiom Shading System

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Lutron Electronics, a world leader in smart lighting and shading as well as home automation solutions, have recently announced the addition of two new finish options to what has proved to be a popular Palladiom Shading System.

Introduced at CEDIA 2017, the Palladiom Shading System was designed by Lutron to be a finely crafted exposed bracket system designed for the world’s most exclusive residences. Since its launch, the system has proven popular with interior designers and homeowners alike, and the company have now added two new bracket finishes.

Those new options are described by the company as ‘lustrous finishes’ and will round out a range which already includes Satin Nickel, Black Anodized, Clear Anodized and Pure White finishes. According to Lutron, the finishes will meet the needs of any homeowner ‘looking to accentuate a style that evokes a deep-rooted legacy of culture and taste’.

As well as the two new bracket finishes, Lutron have also released a decorative cover for the Palladiom Shading System. That cover is designed to slide over the bracket to mask visible fabric edges on the roll, and to more prominently display the beautiful shade hardware. In addition, Lutron has announced an extended bracket to support 3.5-inch rollup diameters, essentially expanding the selection of fabrics that can cover a 12’ tall window.

Talking about the newly available bracket finish options, Lutron’s vice president, Ed Blair, explained how they will enhance the whole Palladiom System:

‘With its highly crafted exposed hardware and whisper-quiet motors, the elegant Palladiom Shading System is the pinnacle of Lutron’s industry-leading window treatments…These new additions reinforce Palladiom’s reputation as the go-to choice for designer shading solutions.’

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


Control 4 Deliver High Resolution Audio and Homeowner Personalisation Improvements

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Control 4, a world renowned smart control and home automation company, have recently announced the release of their latest Control4 OS, version 2.10.4, which is set to deliver improvements in the areas of high resolution audio and homeowner personalisation.

Those improvements are delivered via the expansion of music streaming and hands-on personalisation choices for homeowners with new native streaming services and When >> Then features.

Control 4’s already extensive range of supported music streaming services has been supplemented via this latest update by both Amazon Music and Deezer HiFi. What’s more, a new ‘add music’ capability allows Control 4 homeowners to add one or more music services directly from a mobile device or Control4 Touch Screen.

Away from audio streaming, Control 4 OS 2.10.4 also introduces new When >> Then enhancements. Control4 When >> Then capability empowers homeowners to adjust certain functionality of their smart home systems independently.

The New When >> Then enhancements include the ability to create and edit voice scenes for Amazon Alexa, create custom buttons and programming for Control4’s recently introduced Intercom Anywhere, and modify schedules for lighting scenes.

Speaking in light of the company’s new OS release, Control 4 CEO Martin Plaehn explained the thinking behind the new, expanded When >> Then capability:

‘Homeowners depend on the expertise of our Dealers to design and install reliable, experientially-rich smart homes, but homeowners also want the flexibility to personalize [sic] and change scenes and automated events on their own… We’re empowering homeowners to fine-tune their Control4 experience in ways that matter most to them.’

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Control 4 home automation solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.