Energy Management, Automation & Control Products, At A Glance
January 2, 2014

The Power Distribution Unit (PDU) from AMX permits intelligent monitoring and management of energy consumption for up to eight individually connected components and restricts power to any or all devices when not in use. It is one solution to the perennial problem of millions of dollars of squandered energy resources due to inefficient devices. The PDU eliminates wasteful standby power usage and allows remote power cycling for any device.

First Look
January 1, 2012

France-based Somfy Systems, supplier to 54 countries of motors and electronic control systems for the exterior and interior window covering markets, demo'ed for the media the U.S. version of its TaHomA home automation solution in advance of the system's imminent launch.

Could Motorized Shades Drive Home Automation?
March 1, 2011

Quick, which home technology gets you in the door with clients? Multiroom audio? Energy management? Universal remotes? Lighting control? How about motorized shades? Window coverings that rise and drop at the press of a button, and respond automatically to light and temperature sensors, will be the killer app for home control if Somfy has anything to do with it. A world leader in motorization for window coverings (and projection screens and lifts and more), Somfy has developed a whole-house control system that makes motorized shades a “core part, not an accessory,”

Somfy Launches TaHomA® Comprehensive Home Automation Solution
January 31, 2011

Somfy Systems, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of radio-controlled motors for interior and exterior window coverings, is pleased to announce the launch of TaHomA®, a home automation solution that enables consumers to easily and efficiently control their homes' "energy triangle."

Control and Automation Roundup
October 1, 2006

Remote Technologies Inc.’s (RTI) T2C Universal System Controller ($799 MSRP, available fourth quarter) is its latest wireless controller. It sports a high-resolution color touchscreen and 35 hard buttons. Bi-directional ZigBee technology provides RF control. Using RTI’s Windows-based TheaterTouch Designer software, installers can develop a control tool based on the T2C for any size of home theater. www.rticorp.com Somfy Systems’ Sonesse Motor Range automates roller shades, roman shades and wood blinds with ultra-quiet precision. Available with built in Radio Technology Somfy (RTS), its near-silent motors can be integrated with many home automation systems. Simplified plug-in wiring makes installation easier. www.somfysystems.com Crestron’s Isys

December Gear Guide
December 1, 2002

Pet-Friendly Motion Detectors by GE Interlogix GE Interlogix has announced a new advanced technology for motion detectors that helps prevent false alarms caused by pets. The AP Mirrored Optic PIR line features microprocessor-controlled "4-D" signal processing with gliding focus mirror optics. This technology analyzes size, speed, shape and an adaptive alarm threshold, providing maximum resistance to false alarms. The AP100PI ($12.95) is designed for applications in which household pets move around the protected area while the system is armed, and is immune to pets up to 44 pounds. Solid curtains of detection provide 33-foot coverage. The AP950PI ($24.95) features two sensors in one box.