RTI’s ZW-9 Z-Wave Interface Module Now Available in Europe

Smart control and home automation specialists, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), have today announced that their new ZW-9 Z-Wave Interface Module is now being shipped to and will be widely available in Europe.

An innovative interface module, the ZW-9 enables simple, cost-effective monitoring and control of Z-Wave-enabled systems and devices via an RTI control system, according to today’s announcement from RTI themselves.

Quoted as a part of the announcement, RTI’s vice president of global sales Mike Everett spoke of the company’s excitement at being able to offer the ZW-9 interface module to a wider pool of customers:

‘The arrival of our ZW-9 has been highly anticipated by integrators across Europe… Now our dealers in the region can provide their customers with a unified control and monitoring experience for a full range of Z-Wave-enabled products such as lights, door locks, shades, and thermostats from the convenience of an RTI device.’

The ZW-9 interface module provides the communication link between RTI systems and lighting, door locks, thermostats, and other Z-Wave-enabled devices by utilising the Z-Wave wireless protocol. Eliminating the need for a different app for each device, the ZW-9 — combined with an RTI XP processor — provides users with unified control and monitoring over all devices directly on their RTI user interface.

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


Control4 Announce New Triad Speakers Line of In-Ceiling Speakers

Control4’s Triad Designer Series In-Ceiling Speakers Deliver Big Sound from ‘Tiny’ Grill

Global leaders in home automation and smart control solutions, Control4, have announced a new Triad Speakers range of high performance in-ceiling speakers, named the Designer Series. Available in both full range and subwoofer models, the Designer Series is slated as delivering sound from a tiny four-inch, flush-mount speaker grill, pairing audio quality with a nod toward interior design.

Control4 explained as part of their announcement that the Designer Series is aimed at solving the common issues associated with traditional in-ceiling speakers and supposed ‘invisible’ speaker options. According to the company, the former often prove to be unsightly and the latter lack high and low frequency response, but the same is not true of the Designer Series:

‘The Triad Designer Series speakers are uniquely engineered to hide neatly in a ceiling while projecting full, rich sound from an unobtrusive, tiny four-inch flush-mounted grill, all while retaining simple serviceability.’

Alongside those benefits, Control4 have also pointed to the Designer Series’ suitability for multi-room audio setups. The DS4-FR full-range speaker includes two woofers and an Ultra Broad Dispersion (UBD) tweeter that disperses sound through a 150-degree field. The DS4-SUB, meanwhile, is able to provide extra bass to rooms where it is required through its three woofers and Control4 claim that the DS4-FR provides plenty of low-end capacity.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Control4 automation solutions or for multi-room audio systems please call us today on 0800 195 4825.


RTI and Russound Announce New Integration

Leading home automation and smart control manufacturers, RTI, and renowned multi room audio solution producers, Russound, have in the past week announced a new integration to allow their systems and devices to work more closely together.

That integration comes in the form of new two way RTI drivers which the companies have announced are now available. The drivers give integrators and end users the power to add complete control and metadata support for the RTI control system, as well as adding a number of interesting features for the KX2, KX3, and iPad/iPad mini platforms on RTI.

Those features include giving control of zones across multiple controllers, allowing for audio adjustments (such as bass, treble and loudness), and giving access to and allowing management of favourite tracks, albums and artists. Pre-built templates for the RTI KX2 and KX3 keypads, and iPad/iPad Mini are also provided by Russound along with the drivers.

The newly announced RTI drivers are compatible with Russound’s MCA-66, MCA-88 and MCA-88X products as well as their XSource, XZone4 and XZone70V devices. Speaking about the integration, Russound CEO Charlie Porritt explained how it fits with his company’s overall philosophy:

‘We’re staying true to our commitment to make Russound electronics compatible with the biggest names on the block… RTI is one of those control companies, and we’re proud to tell our customers that our top products work in harmony with RTI’s industry-leading controls.’

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


Extron Introduce Four New eBUS Button Panels

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Audio visual solution specialists, Extron Electronics, have in this past week announced the availability of four new eBUS Button Panels. An addition to the company’s already broad selection of eBUS products, the new eBUS Button Panels are named the EBP 50, EBP 103 D, EBP 104 EU, and the EBP 104 MK.

Each of the quartet of new products boast dual-colour, backlit buttons which can be field labelled, and are customisable and integration-friendly AV system control interfaces that work with any IPCP Pro control processor, at least according to Extron’s announcement.

Any single one of the new eBUS Button Panels can be used as the AV control interface for a smaller system or multiple button panels and touch panels may be combined when a more elaborate control system is required. The EBP 104 EU is also Flex55-compatible for worldwide use, and eBUS accessories including distribution hubs, power supplies, and mounting products are available to streamline integration of the new Button Panels into all manner of systems and setups.

Able to complement the décor of any presentation environment, the new eBUS Button Panels have been launched in response to the needs of end users, according to Extron’s vice president of sales and marketing Casey Hall:

‘We are very pleased to add these new button panels to our growing eBUS family… Customers asked for more hard-button eBUS panels with labels that can be quickly changed in the field, without engraving or special ordering. We now proudly offer 32 eBUS button panels for a very broad range of applications, and are busy developing even more.’

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


Savant Acquire Artison to Expand Whole Home Audio & Home Cinema Offerings

Savant Acquires Artison for Whole-House Audio and Home Theater

Leading home automation specialists, Savant, have this week announced their acquisition of the high performance whole home audio and home cinema solution manufacturer Artison. The move is aimed at enabling Savant to drastically expand the breadth of such home cinema and audio solutions they can offer to their customers and incorporate into their control systems.

Artison offer a range of loudspeakers with customisable grilles including soundbars, subwoofers and surround-sound systems for home cinema setups. Thanks to the newly announced acquisition, Savant will now be able to provide these products and will also have control of the number of patents in advanced speaker technologies which the company also hold.

Savant’s ownership of Artison, too, will also allow the home automation specialists to offer integrators audio over IP solutions via Artison products (and patents). As such, Savant CEO Robert Madonna was understandably excited about the announcement:

‘With Savant and Artison working cohesively together, we will unveil exciting new products engineered specifically for the luxury home and commercial markets…As the demand for premium home entertainment solutions continues to climb, we will now have the capacity to offer best-in-class audio solutions as part of the Savant connected home experience.’

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Savant home automation or smart control solutions please call us today on 0800 195 4825.


Crestron Named Official AV, Lighting and DigitalMedia Partner of the Pro Football Hall of Fame & Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village

Crestron, world leading providers of automation and smart control solutions for residential and commercial spaces, has this past week been named as the official AV, lighting and DigitalMedia distribution partner of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio.

The deal marks a 15 year agreement between Crestron and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which celebrates the greats of the game of American Football, and has been described as an endeavour to create the first ever sports and entertainment ‘Smart City’.

A nearly $800 million mixed use development, the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is aimed at being opening in 2020 to coincide with the centennial of the National Football League. Amongst the village’s impressive features will be a major stadium, a four star hotel and a whole host of other facilities. As per this most recent announcement, Crestron will be providing the audio visual, lighting and control solutions for all of those spaces.

Unsurprisingly Crestron were delighted to announce the new link up with the Hall of Fame and their CEO, Randy Klein, spoke in glowing terms about the partnership:

‘It’s a great day for Crestron…The Pro Football Hall of Fame is an organisation that epitomises excellence, high values and character – the exact same principles we guide our business by every day. We’re proud and honoured [sic] to be their partner, and look forward to our relationship for many years to come.’

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