Intellithings Has RoomMe API

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Intellithings has expanded accessibility for RoomMe through integration with four major professional smart home brands at CEDIA Expo 2019. Intellithings created an open RoomMe API to invite developers and residential technology professionals to write customized applications for RoomMe. Chowmain software has developed the first four new drivers including Control4, ELAN, RTI, and URC, in addition […]

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URC Adds DMX Lighting Control for Up to 512 Channels and 255 Scenes

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Pushing further into ProAV control, URC has announced the integration of Total Control 2.0 with automated lighting systems using the DMX protocol. The new DMX module, available to all authorized Total Control dealers on URC’s dealer portal, allows for two-way control of DMX-based lighting systems from a URC Total Control user interface. Additionally, authorized URC […]

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The User Interface — It’s Not Business, It’s Personal

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If you’re a movie fan, you’re well aware of the ongoing conflict often portrayed between humans and machines in a dystopian future. Think “West World,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Terminator,” “I, Robot” and “The Matrix.” I can’t help but wonder if these movies are so popular because they reflect our own personal experiences of the […]

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Semtech Just Did a Mic-Drop on HDBaseT

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Semtech Corporation today announced its new AVX chipset series — basically, think HDBaseT or, we guess, what everyone wishes HDBaseT was — a consistent and standard “send” and “receive” platform where all the participants worked together. Semtech, with AVX, simultaneously transmits uncompressed-quality 4K-video, multi-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, USB and other control signals over CatX or […]

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Extron’s New TouchLink Pro Touch Panels Have a Built-In Control Processor

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Extron has launched a new line of TouchLink Pro control systems that combine a TouchLink Pro touchpanel with an integrated IP Link Pro control processor. This all‑in‑one approach streamlines system designs by consolidating essential control system components, freeing up space and easing integration. Multiple devices can be controlled directly from the Ethernet port and the […]

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Control4 Delivers All-New OS

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Control4 Corporation today announced Control4 Smart Home OS 3. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 is an IoT platform-based control system designed to unify hundreds of connected devices within the home, control them all from a single interface. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 is designed to simplify the use of many connected devices throughout the home […]

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Extron Debuts Ethernet to KNX Interface

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Extron has announced the availability of the KNX 100G KNX IP Interface. This compact IP KNX Interface provides control and monitoring of multiple building management disciplines with an Extron Pro Series control system. The KNX 100G provides bi-directional communication to control and receive feedback on the status of KNX devices. This enables control of lighting […]

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New Extron eBUS Button Panel Is AV Control in a Rack

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Extron just introduced the EBP 108 RAAP Rack Mount eBUS Button Panel. The EBP 108 RAAP is a fully-customizable AV system control interface designed for use with Extron eBUS-enabled control systems. This control panel connects to an IPCP Pro control processor to perform a wide variety of AV system functions such as power On/Off, input […]

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What Keeps an AV Professional Up at Night – Part the Second

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I’ve spoken about the things that keep an AV professional up at night — in part the growing rise of one-box, easily configurable solutions sharply reducing the need for highly skilled integration in simple spaces. That trend continues with both industry stalwarts like Crestron and smaller upstarts like Owl Labs selling single-device collaborative solutions. That’s […]

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New Luxor Controller Offers Total App-Based Configuration and Calendar-Based Programming

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In addition to including zoning, dimming and color into a single controller, Luxor can now create up to 40 distinct themes and includes calendar-based programming, timed sunrise and sunset offsets and dual 15V outputs. The new Luxor app provides total cloud-based remote system control as well as the ability to set schedules directly from a […]

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Two 1Gig Ethernet 4K Wall Plate Extenders from MuxLab Are AV-over-IP

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Two new brushed metal wall plate enclosures from MuxLab are IP-based extenders that support HDMI 2.0b formats and 4K@60Hz resolutions. The wall plates can be configured and controlled remotely from any tablet, laptop or phone when combined with MuxLab’s ProDigital Network Controller (model 500811) and the new MuxControl App for Android and iOS. MuxLab’s HDMI/VGA/USB […]

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Kramer Adds to Control Offering with BRAINware

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Kramer Electronics just launched Kramer BRAINware, a software-only control processor that the company claims simplifies control installations. By containing all of the control logic, design and attributes of the Kramer Control platform, Kramer BRAINware turns a Kramer KT-107 touch panel to a fully functional Kramer Control processor brain, without requiring additional physical processor hardware. Think […]

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Barco’s Overture Dilemma

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  Update: Just two days following the publication of this blog, Barco announced exactly what I suggested — they’ve integrated Overture into ClickShare! It will be shown at InfoComm. Click here to read more about the announcement. At least year’s ISE show in Amsterdam, Barco officially launched itself into a (potentially) competitive fight with the […]

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URC Debuts New MXHP-R700 Remote for MX HomePro

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URC today announced the launch of the MXHP-R700 handheld remote for MX HomePro. URC also expanded MX HomePro system control to eight zones and introduced a new Sonos certified two-way module.This new programmable Wi-Fi handheld remote boasts a 2″ LCD with custom onscreen menus. The R700’s ergonomic design, backlit keypad, intuitive layout and finger grooves make it ideal for entertainment […]

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Personal AV Tech Controls the Future of AV and Doesn’t Even Realize It

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Maybe I’m a skeptic. I don’t think I am but, maybe. Having lived in technology for nearly 30 years, it’s not often a new tech product debuts that I get excited about. The iPhone was a giant WOW. Wireless networking was an “its about time” kind of moment as I was one of those power-travelers […]

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Amazon VS. Google Part 1

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Is anyone really surprised that Amazon bought Ring Labs? It doesn’t seem like that big of a shock, or shocking at all for that matter. Since they released their original Echo product, initially to Prime members only, and then later to the masses in mid 2015, the smart assistant, Alexa enabled, speaker and personal assistant […]

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Hogar Controls Debuts Pro Solutions Line for Smart Homes and Buildings at ISE 2018

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Hogar Controls is launching their new Pro Solutions lineup of control and automation products for the residential and commercial markets at ISE 2018. At the core of Hogar Pro Solutions suite is the Home Controller (HC) Pro, a compact hub that uses Z-Wave Plus, Zigbee and Wi-Fi to connect and control smart home devices. This plug-in controller is small enough […]

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ELAN Launches 8.2 Software Update

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ELAN today introduced the 8.2 software update to the ELAN UI at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam in the Nortek Security & Control Stand 1-N50. The new ELAN Discovery feature simplifies set-up with the auto-discovery and auto-configuration of compatible devices on the network. Discovery scans the system’s IP networks – including wireless – to find all devices by IP and MAC addresses. Devices with the ELAN […]

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Kramer Debuts Kramer Network 2.0 at ISE

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Kramer Electronics Ltd. just announced Kramer Network 2.0 – an enterprise management platform for IT/AV professionals to configure and manage their entire Kramer product range, Dante devices and third-party devices from anywhere in the world. Kramer Network 2.0 has all the features and capabilities for managing any AV deployment. Configuration time is reduced due to automated device […]

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Extron Now in the Custom Control Market With Debut of Global Scripter Using Python

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According to CodeEval in 2016 (the last year data is available), the world’s most popular programming language is Python — with nearly 27 percent of the market. Java is number two with a 22 percent share and C++ is third with 10 percent. That’s not just AV control system programming — we mean all programming languages for […]

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What Keeps an AV Professional Awake at Night

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I still remember my first concerns about user engagement with the technology we provide. It was over a decade ago; we were fitting out four conference rooms per floor over about a dozen floors. Video teleconferencing in two, local presentation in the other. Pack up, head for the elevator, repeat. It was one of my […]

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GlobalViewer Enterprise 2.7 Now Available from Extron

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Extron has updated its GlobalViewer Enterprise software to GVE version 2.7. This software simplifies AV system resource management with control for hundreds of common AV tasks and a way to manage, monitor and control nearly any device over a standard network. It allows administrators to access usage data, create reports and control systems from any […]

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Barco Picks Global Cache as Hardware Partner for IP-Based Overture Control System

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One could argue that Global Caché might have just won the AV-lottery with a new partnership with Barco to supply Overture control software and Global Caché hardware to integrators. The new partnership provides what global cache calls seamless compatibility of Global Caché hardware from within Barco’s IP based Overture control software. Thus, Overture, is shipping now with Global Caché support and connectivity built-in. […]

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RTI’s T3x White Remote Control Ships

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RTI today announced the availability of its special edition T3x handheld system controller. The flagship remote control features a white finish. RTI’s T3x was shown in different finishes for the first time at ISE 2017. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the company let its dealers vote on their favorite finish color, which would be featured in the special edition of […]

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iMAGsystems and Global Caché Partner

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Global Caché, a manufacturer of IP, Wi-Fi and HTTP enabling connectivity products for control and automation and iMAGsystems, providers of Lightning, a video over IP product have formed an alliance providing built in integration for Global Caché hardware and Control Tower, Global Caché’s IR database in the cloud, with iMAGsystem’s Lightning. The alliance provides a […]

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Barco Debuts New Overture AV Control System Aimed at Meeting Rooms at InfoComm

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Barco will provide an opportunity for visitors at InfoComm to test drive the new Overture solution. The new version of Overture will be available to ship by Aug. 31, 2017. This new system is an attempt for Barco to take a position in the control system market — competing with Crestron, Extron, AMX, Utelogy, etc. Overture is an enterprise-wide AV control software solution. It controls […]

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Crestron Adds Amazon Alexa Integration to Commercial AV Control Systems

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Crestron announced today an expanded partnership with Amazon that brings the power of Alexa to the meeting space. The integration allows employees to start a meeting – from dialing in to the voice or video call to pulling up presentation materials on-screen – with one command. Meeting attendees can also ask Alexa to adjust the […]

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Aveo Systems Launches Mira Connect for Room Management and Control

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Aveo Systems has released a tabletop control appliance, Mira Connect, and a cloud management platform, Mira Portal. Mira Connect’s touch screen interface is designed as a UC (unified collaboration) interface for in-room VC and control including features like dialing calls, adjust audio settings, manage projectors and displays and control the room, without the cost and complexity of custom […]

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ZeeVee Adds DTVGameControl to its Lineup

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ZeeVee today announced a partnership with DTVGameControl, a floorplan-based AV control system. ZeeVee’s IP and RF based products can now be integrated with the DTVGameControl app allowing customers to easily control ZeeVee products and DirecTV receivers on an IP network. Suitable for sports bars and restaurants, ZeeVee’s products integrated with the DTVGameControl app create a channel/program guide to enable venue staff […]

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ClearOne Launches Mobile Dialer Apps for CONVERGE Pro 2 DSP Platform

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ClearOne is releasing mobile applications to dial and control its CONVERGE Pro 2 line of DSP mixers. Compatible with both Android and iOS mobile phones and tablets, the Apps come on the heels of the already-released software Dialer-Controller applications for Windows and MAC OS platforms. These new mobile applications extend choices of devices and interfaces for users, while also providing the […]

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