URC Announce New Total Control 2.0 Driver for Samsung Devices

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Universal Remote Control (URC) Limited, a globally renowned manufacturer of smart control and automation solutions for residential and commercial settings, have this past week announced the completion of a new driver for their Total Control 2.0 home automation system.

The new driver provides IP control of select 2017 Samsung TVs and 2018 4K UHD TVs. Those select devices from the South Korean tech giants will start with the company’s NU8 Series and will also include the entire QLED series and The Frame TV.

As well as those products and lines, the new Total Control 2.0 driver will also support Samsung’s UBD-M9700 UHD Blu-ray player. In the case of all of those compatible IP controlled devices, the driver simplifies their integration into URC control and automation systems.

Speaking in light of the announcement of the new Total Control 2.0 driver, URC’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Doug Cole, explained his company’s delight at working more closely with an organisation like Samsung:

‘Samsung 4K UHD displays and UHD Blu-ray players lead in popularity and performance, and Total Control 2.0 offers premium, next-generation user interfaces which can be customized [sic] with images of a customer’s home, family and interests…We are pleased to be partnered with a technology leader and innovator such as Samsung Consumer Electronics in bringing advanced control solutions for consumers.’

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


Crestron Showcasing Unified Communications and Room Scheduling Solutions

Crestron to Showcase Unified Communications and Room Scheduling Solutions for Every Space at Enterprise Connect

Crestron, a world leader in enterprise technology as well as home automation, are currently showcasing their unified communications and room scheduling solutions at the Enterprise Connect trade show in Orlando, Florida.

Described by Crestron as solving ‘the conferencing, presentation, collaboration and room scheduling challenges that face IT decision-makers’, all of the solutions being demonstrated support and integrate with key products and platforms from IT giants Microsoft.

That, according to the company, allows the solutions to provide a consistent user experience, enterprise-grade network security, simple cloud-based provisioning and management, the ability to leverage existing infrastructure, and a unified scheduling platform.

The platforms and solutions showcased will benefit from live demonstrations. Those will include a display of how Crestron can enable you to run Microsoft Teams in huddle spaces, conference rooms, and open spaces, and solutions can combine with the likes of Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 to offer smarter room scheduling.

Crestron’s XiO Cloud zero-touch Cloud provisioning platform and the company’s Mercury open UC solution will also be on show. Speaking about Crestron’s demonstration at the Enterprise Connect show, Sam George – the director of Microsoft Azure IoT at Microsoft – explained the benefit offered by integration of Crestron solutions with his own company’s products:

‘Microsoft is committed to supporting partners that are addressing the evolving needs of the modern workplace. Crestron’s use of Microsoft Azure services like Azure IoT Hub ensures not only the performance businesses need, but also offers global scale and support for Crestron Mercury devices.’

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


Monitor Audio Launch New Vecta All-Weather Speakers

As one of a number of recent product launches Monitor Audio, a world leading manufacturer of audio solutions, have announced the availability of their new Vecta V240 all-weather wall speakers. Available from March 2018 onwards, the Vecta speakers are described by the company as combining ‘architectural aesthetics, high quality professional audio performance and weather resistance’.

Somewhat different to most of Monitor Audio’s high quality speaker ranges, the Vecta V240 speakers are oval in shape and are specially designed to be wall mounted on the exterior wall of an owner’s home.

In order to easily accommodate that style of installation, the speakers use cleverly designed brackets and a single point automatic connection system. That means they can be simply dropped into place within their V-mount bracket – either horizontally or vertically – with the use of just a single screw. The speaker, too, can blend seamlessly under eaves or in vertical corners and comes in a choice of UV resistant white or black finishes.

The driver technology and materials within the Vecta speakers, meanwhile, do borrow from other speakers within the Monitor Audio range. Ceiling or wall reflections are minimised by a dual four inch C-CAM metal cone which meets a curved baffle to control sound dispersal.

A centrally mounted 25mm Gold C-CAM tweeter, meanwhile, is horn loaded to also optimise dispersion at the crossover point. As one would expect from an exterior speaker, the Vecta also boasts an IP55 protection rating.

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


Monitor Audio Launch Studio Speakers and Matching Stands

Monitor Audio, a world leading manufacturer of all manner of speakers and other audio solutions, have in the past few weeks announced the launch of their new Studio Speakers and matching stands.

Described by the company as ‘an elegant and powerful loudspeaker that will grace any setting’, the new pair of Studio Speakers borrow significantly from Monitor Audio’s flagship Platinum II Series of speakers for their technology. Beneath a honeycomb tweeter, dual 10cm drivers within the Studio Speakers boast the same magnetic design and materials as the Platinum II Series.

In order to deliver detailed and accurate audio performance, the Studio Speakers also utilise dual 4” RDT drivers and an MPD (Micro Pleated Diaphragm) high frequency transducer. That helps the speakers to not only deliver clear and natural sound but also to twin that with deep bass and plenty of mid-range detail.

The Studio Speakers, too, feature rear-mounted HiVe II dual slot ports which work to ensure that the pressure inside the cabinet is symmetrically balanced and that there is no turbulence and air noise. Those cabinets are hand-crafted using rigid MDF and finished in a satin black, white or grey lacquer finish and can sit upon optional Studio Speaker stands which are also now available from Monitor Audio.

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


Lutron Expand Hi-Lume Premier Line with New 0.1% Architectural Downlight Driver

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Lutron Electronics, a globally renowned producer of lighting and shading solutions, have in the past week announced that they are expanding their Hi-Lume Premier Line of smart lighting devices. The expansion to the product line comes in the shape of a new 0.1% architectural downlight driver with EcoSystem digital control.

Described by Lutron as ‘a high‑performance solution for any space and any application’, the newly launched driver provides smooth, continuous dimming down to 0.1% of full output power, and transitions gracefully between off and on, with Soft-on, Fade-to-Black, according to the company’s announcement.

That means that the 0.1% driver offers best-in-class dimming per cubic inch on the market, and is ideal for projects that require downlights with a smaller aperture such as in the case of board rooms, conference rooms, theatres, restaurants, and architectural spaces.

In addition to small aperture downlights, the new architectural downlight driver from Lutron also works with smaller and lower-wattage linear & decorative luminaires. In whichever environment it is employed, too, the driver can deliver smooth, flicker-free dimming down to 0.1% for the most incandescent-like experience. What’s more, the driver is fully compatible with all Lutron EcoSystem controls including HomeWorks QS, Quantum, GrafikEye Energi Savr Node, and PowPak.

There’s no surprise, therefore, that Lutron’s product management director, Matt Ochs, is bullish about the potential of the company’s new driver:

‘Lutron designs with people in mind and understands that lighting performance impacts those occupying both residential and commercial spaces… Our expansion of the Hi-lume Premier family provides OEMs with a technology that’s easy to incorporate into their fixtures.’

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


Extron Now Shipping Sleek New Touchpanel

Sleek New 10" Touchpanel Now Shipping

Extron Electronics, a global leader in audio visual technology, announced at the beginning of this week that they are now shipping their new TLP Pro 1025T 10” Tabletop TouchLink Pro Touchpanel.

According to Extron, they have entirely redesigned the new sleek touchpanel inside and out with a new, high-performance quad-core processor, eight times more memory and an impressive touchscreen. That higher resolution 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen is built with scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, and a distinctive enclosure with a sleek, gracefully-sweeping back.

On top of those major features, the new TLP Pro 1025T also boasts the convenience of PoE – Power over Ethernet, which allows it to receive power and communication over a single Ethernet cable. All of that, according to Extron’s shipping announcement, makes the new touchpanel ideal for ‘any environment requiring a stylish, tabletop touchpanel with a fully-customizable [sic] interface’.

The internal improvements made to the redesigned touchpanel allow it to more quickly load background graphics and to more crisply flip pages. What’s more, the performance enhancements also provide ample memory and processing power to support exciting new features and capabilities in the future via firmware updates.

Casey Hall, Extron’s vice president of sales and marketing, succinctly explained the appeal of the new TLP Pro 1025T 10” Touchpanel:

‘We designed these new TLP Pro 1025T touchpanels with a number of significant enhancements in both performance and style…We boosted processing power, memory, and graphics, then wrapped it all in a sleek enclosure that simply looks stunning.’

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