Energy Management Roundup
• AMX’s Modero X series edge-to-edge frameless panoramic widescreen touchpanels for commercial and residential applications feature an integrated HD camera in the tabletop models that enables video chatting and teleconferencing. Other features include Bluetooth and USB external phone connections, HD video streaming capability and support for NFC. A variety of touchpanel sizes are now available.
BitWise Controls has added new functionality to its software, allowing dealers instantly to add pre-configured two-way device modules for popular lighting control and HVAC systems such as Lutron and Aprilaire. These modules combine GUI elements and device programming, which can be added to new or existing projects in seconds.
• Clare Controls’ ClareHome App upends the counterproductive “go to room/perform task” requirement common among traditional touchscreen interfaces. Integrators spend no time configuring UI. Instead, users design reconfigurable personal Control Spaces on their “i” devices, with smart icons and dockable applets organized by personal choice of application and/or location.
• Control4 at CEDIA EXPO will offer integrators more ways to help their customers save energy without compromising comfort, convenience, ambiance or entertainment. The company will be demonstrating solutions for total control over every light in the house; adjusting the thermostat at the office, at home or on the go; programming shades to improve solar gain; or just enjoying unprecedented control over their entertainment.
• The Crestron GLS-EM-MCU GreenLight Power Meter logs overall electricity usage in real time, enabling homeowners to accurately measure all electricity coming into the dwelling. As part of a complete energy management system, real-time and historical energy consumption data are collected and displayed in easy-to-read color graphics using Fusion EM (Energy Management) software.
• Elan has made four major enhancements to its g! Entertainment and Control System, which features individual apps for every sub-system including high-consumption ones such as lighting and climate. They are: a g!Mobile app for Android devices; more than 30 new drivers; full door locks integration; and a new user interface architecture that allows for the easy addition of new features, user interface enhancements and integration with future platforms.
• Gefen’s new GAVA (Gefen A/V Automation) system controls all key A/V devices from any smartphone or tablet with the added capability to automate lighting, window shades and more. No apps, complicated setup or license fees are required. GAVA is intuitive, simple and practical.