Screen Innovations added two new accessories “designed to dramatically simplify the installation and operation of SI motorized shades and screens.” SI’s C4 Zigbee interface and Suite XVI 16-port data hub are two devices that allow systems integrators to expand and enhance their screen and shade installations without customized wiring or programming.
SI’s C4 Zigbee enables native control and feedback of SI’s 485-powered shades and screens via a Zigbee-enabled Control4 automation system. Any Zigbee 3.0-enabled or non-Zigbee SI shade or screen connected to the small, dongle-style interface joins a Control4 Zigbee mesh network without any programming or additional hardware. Discovery of shades and screens is within the Control4 composer software. The C4 Zigbee also costs significantly less than standard gateways traditionally required to bridge shades and screens with control systems.
When shade and screen installations call for more than a half-dozen keypads, integrators have historically been hard-pressed to find a single 485 data hub with enough ports. SI’s Suite XVI solves this issue with sixteen ports to accommodate 485 devices including keypads, wireless receivers, and additional data hubs. Ideally suited for large residential and commercial projects, or the expansion of existing networks, Suite XVI occupies a fraction of the space of multiple, smaller hubs and costs less. Made of heavy-duty, plenum-rated sheet metal, the hub can be mounted anywhere—inside a rack or panel or above the ceiling.
Both C4 Zigbee and Suite XVI are available and shipping.