iRoom Introduces the iTop – Universal iPad Tabletop Docking Station with Control Keypad
iRoom’s iTop looks to make using automation systems via ipad easier with an independently programmable keypad incorporated into the glass faceplate to give the end-user direct access to their most commonly used functions. It is suitable for Residential, Commercial and boardroom applications.
iRoom´s iTop includes an adjustable connector that charges any iPad with the Lightning port whether it’s an iPad Pro, iPad Air or any generation of iPad mini.
It also includes six backlit, customizable Quick Keys on the glass faceplate that can be assigned IP control commands to give users immediate access to audio, video and electronic devices through the home or corporate IP network. According to iRoom, this adds convenience to a control environment by providing immediate access to often used functions such as lights, blinds, source select or volume control without the hassle of unlocking the iPad screen, opening the control app and finding the right control.
The optional iO83 8-port high voltage power relay module allows for control of devices that don’t have an IP control interface, such as lights or blinds. iO83 connects to iTop via LAN or Wi-Fi. This makes iTop a complete stand-alone control device by using its open system architecture to control any IP addressable client while also being able to control electronic devices via the relay module. The Quick Keys can be programmed using iRoom’s iOS configuration app.
iTop also includes a PoE+ Injector. A single cat cable powers iTop and gives it control connectivity at the same time. In order to customize the Quick Keys, iRoom includes 130 pre-printed icons for all common control functions.
iTop can be integrated with all major third-party control systems such as Crestron, AMX, Savant, Control 4, RTI, Key Digital and more. iRoom provides free drivers that enable the iTop Quick Keys to trigger control functions or control macros that are already programmed with these third-party control systems.
“It’s of course very important that we can integrate with the major automation platforms, however we are very excited about iTop’s ability to create a control network of its own, which we feel opens up a whole new affordable route for smaller scale apartments, board and meeting rooms and home theaters. Basically it changes the product from a very nice iPad accessory, to an essential part of the control network,” CEO Marc Hofer stated.