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Legrand Takes Its Solutions to NY’s Tribeca

October 15, 2011 By Nancy Klosek
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Legrand’s Home Systems Division, parent of the Legrand, Vantage and Bticino brands, used the venue of a renovated 6,000-square-foot luxury duplex in New York City’s Tribeca district to show off its latest home control and automation systems and products.

Press members, and later, specifiers, interior designers, architects and area integrators were treated to demos of the company’s CEDIA-Expo-introduced solutions, which blended seamlessly at the 55 Warren Street residence with the architectural stylings of Leopoldo Rosati.

Showcased from Vantage was the InFusion software system, the living space’s automation backbone, anchored in this installation by the Model TPT1040 touchscreen – a fixed, customizable in-wall device. Its being a fixed device is “mission critical, because the homeowner will always know where it is” as opposed to iPads, iPods and other control devices that are carried around the home, said Andrew Wale, Vantage vice president of marketing. The system’s instantaneous response, simplicity and scalability were highlighted, along with the fact that the system can handle dimming for multiple and varied light sources including halogen and LED. “That flexibility plays well with the specification community,” Wale noted.  “But we’re also on a path to create homeowner experiences that are valuable to the owner,” he added. “The goals are simplicity in control screens and scalability so that the systems are ready for growth within their spaces and programmable through a single software tool.”

In another area of the residence, Dave Hanchette, vice president of marketing for the Legrand Home Systems Division, put the new airQast wireless music solution through its paces. Shipping beginning Dec. 15th, it is a $329 40-watts-per-channel Wi-Fi speaker system that, through a free iOS or Android app, works together with a PC, smartphone or tablet as its music source, can be expanded up to six zones and will be sold in retail channels as well, as part of the brand’s outbranch into the mainstream market. 

Also showcased was at the press event was the Italian-made Bticino Axolute line of wallplates, dimmers, and switches. “Switches are utilitarian,” said Bticino USA director Jon Null, “but we’ve made them a style and technology statement, which is a new idea here in the U.S.”  The wallplate range uses various exotic materials, natural woods and even Swarovski crystals, and there are models specified for use in yachts and aircraft “for floating and flying homes,” he said.

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