In Their Own Words: Scott Kelly, RTI
On the mainstreaming of home automation:
We see the proliferation of mass market automation providers and the ubiquitous app solutions being offered by cable and utility companies as a positive trend; it creates a great deal of consumer excitement and interest in all things related to the control and automation industry. However, for the end user the number one concern is simplicity—they want a system that requires no training, setup or maintenance on their part. Mass market and app solutions are able to control a few aspects of a home, but basically replace the familiar coffee table full of remotes with a tidier smart device full of apps. The fundamental problem with these systems is that no two installations are alike, and a cookie-cutter approach simply doesn’t work when the equipment, environment and requirements of the end user change dramatically from installation to installation.
It takes the expertise of a professional integrator to take a variety of components from different manufacturers and successfully blend them all into one reliable system that is simple to use, and provide the necessary support should something go wrong. This is where the value of having a professional control system from RTI becomes evident. We offer a complete line of robust control processors and wired, wireless and software interfaces to meet the needs of every installation. Furthermore, integrators can also provide consumers with the “wow” factor they crave with tablet control via our award-winning RTiPanel App and even voice control through third-party integration. All RTI solutions are programmed using our Integration Designer software, which allows dealers to customize the system as much as they like without any software coding experience. We also offer a rapidly growing library of pre-written and tested two-way drivers for a wide spectrum of A/V, lighting, security, and HVAC products including Sonos wireless music players, Nest thermostats, Denon HEOS multi-room audio systems, and much more. This allows our dealers to efficiently program very robust control systems and create custom user interfaces tailored specifically to their clients’ needs.