Control4 OS2.7

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OS2.7 Operating system – Normally we would not make much fuss about a software update, but this one brings a range of new features that we think greatly improves the Control4 user experience. We particularly like the new, dare we say sexy, heating control interface which makes heating control and scheduling very easy for everybody – saving money on heating has never been so simple!

Contact us if you would like us to upgrade your Control4 system to 2.7.

Control4 Touchscreen Temp

New Control4 Touchscreens

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Faster, Sleeker touchscreens – The new design in-wall Control4 touch screens are now available with twice the screen resolution, significantly faster operation and now with, swipe type, gesture control.

We also now have a new 10’’ size screen to complement the current 7” screen size, we expect to have the new design portable 7” touch screen available for installation by the end of June 2015.

All of the new touchscreens are available with a choice of White or Black finish.

Control4 Touchscren V4

RTI iPod Dock

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Introducing the new RTI iPod Dock, although a little late to the party the RTI iPod Dock is worth the wait, this is the best iPod docking solution that we have used so far.

Simple navigation and operation of your docked iPod can be either an on-screen TV GUI ( Graphical User Interface) or by using a compatible RTI 2 way touchscreen remote control or keypad.

The sliding tray means your iPod is always securely connected and safe. The RTI dock can either be rack mounted or placed on a tabletop. Once docked you can also sync your iPod with iTunes so you can keep it as a fixed music source for your system.

If you have an RTI system this is the iPod dock for you.


Lutron QS Dynamic Keypad

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Although control system touchscreen keypads, like from Crestron, Control4 and RTI, are a great way to control lights they can sometimes be off-putting to users not familiar with the system. This is why we haven’t advised using a touchscreen as the main lighting control when you enter a room, until now.

The new Lutron Homeworks QS Dynamic keypad is so simple and intuitive to use that it can be located anywhere that you require a bit more Lutron lighting control, without having to have several banks of hard buttons, like a traditional lighting keypad.

The Lutron Homeworks QS Dynamic keypad has been designed to provide simple control of all the features of The Lutron Homeworks QS system, however, it can also give you basic control of your audio system and other automated equipment.

Discrete, simple to use and non-threatening the new Lutron Homeworks QS Dynamic keypad passes the all important ‘visiting Mother in Law’ test.


Control4 now available from Powerplant Home Automation

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After 6 months of deliberation in the office, we’ve decided to jump on board with Control4.

There were a number of factors, namely support for control from Apple “i” devices, excellent built-in music streaming & browsing and the fantastic driver support from the UK based Extra Vegetables.

We are awaiting our demo equipment and are expecting to have installed very shortly. Please contact the office for a demonstration!

Philips Pronto no more

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Our favorite Pronto, big easy to use buttons!

Philips have just released the following statement regarding their Pronto remote control systems:

“In December 2009, Philips announced the intention to relocate some of its existing remote control activities in Leuven, Belgium to Asia. At the same time, the intention was communicated to investigate alternative strategic options for the Pronto business, as this activity no longer fits with the Philips strategy. Following thorough research, no suitable partner was found for the acquisition of these activities. As such, Philips confirms today that it will discontinue the Pronto product line and related activities.”

As well as the Philips Pronto, POWERPLANT also program and install remote control solutions from RTI,  Nevo , Logitech and Crestron, and we are confident that we will continue to be able to provide our customers with the very best control solutions for their systems.

Great value touch panels

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Two new touch panels have caught our eye thanks to the remarkably good value they offer. Both have features that have hitherto commanded a considerably greater asking price. The RTI RK3-V is a flush mount panel that has a high res 3.5 inch screen and can display pretty much anything you fancy but maybe not widescreen movies. Popular applications include weather feeds, jam cam traffic monitoring, CCTV for anywhere on your network – maybe a child’s room or the front door, the list goes on. At £995 this is the most competitively priced high resolution panel we’ve seen and it’s available in a number of finishes to match your décor.

Even more affordable is Universal’s KP-4000, this doesn’t offer the resolution of the RK3-V but at half the price it covers most requirements. You can scroll through your music collection and look at album artwork, check on RSS feeds for stocks and shares, weather etc, tune into radio stations and control lighting. We reckon this is a remarkably versatile panel for the money.