Screen Innovations just introduced two new products enabled with Zigbee 3.0 technology, the latest iteration of the Zigbee wireless communications protocol: a mesh controller powered by PoE and a smart outlet. SI’s new Zigbee 3.0 devices enable the control of Zigbee 3.0 and RTS shades (Radio Technology Somfy) via the Somfy TaHoma app on any smartphone or tablet, as well as voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant and soon Josh.ai. Along with SI’s other Zigbee 3.0 devices, these new products can be pre-programmed by SI via the cloud.
Claiming to be the world’s first and only professional Zigbee 3.0 mesh controller powered by PoE, the Link Pro Z provides a way to integrate SI shades with other Zigbee 3.0 smart devices and systems. Able to be mounted to the ceiling for an inconspicuous installation with optional flush mounting kit, it controls up to 72 Zigbee 3.0 nodes and an unlimited number of SI shades that utilize the Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) control platform. Shades can be fully automated with advanced scene, grouping, and scheduling in both residential and commercial environments. For large projects, additional Link Pro Z units can be added via PoE.
The Zigbee 3.0 Smart Outlet functions as an edge router and control point. Any device such as a lamp or fan that plugs joins a Zigbee 3.0 communications platform, enabling it to be controlled and automated via voice, TaHoma app, and third-party control system. At the same time, the Smart Outlet strengthens a Zigbee 3.0 mesh network by efficiently routing signals to and from other Zigbee 3.0 nodes. Because signals are transmitted more efficiently, the Smart Outlet extends the battery life of Zigbee 3.0 shades and other equipment. Its tamper-resistant, duplex design allows one device to plug in for Zigbee 3.0 connectivity and another to only derive power. A built-in on/off button permits manual control of the Zigbee device and an LED can be turned on manually to allow the outlet to serve as a nightlight.
SI’s Zigbee 3.0 Link Pro Z Controller and Smart Outlet are here.