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Eaton Displays Custom And DIY Home Systems

1/05/2006 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Eaton Corp. plans to display an updated structured-wiring system and a distributed audio system based on the low-cost A-BUS technology.

The two systems will be displayed along with a wireless home-monitoring system that lets users monitor key home systems from a wireless LCD control panel. The system also sends text alerts to cellphones to alert users of problems when they're away.

Eaton's multiroom audio system uses A-BUS technology to sends audio signals, data and low-voltage power from a central stack of A/V equipment in one room over CAT-5 cable to amplified in-wall keypads throughout the house. The keypads in turn are connected to in-ceiling and in-wall speakers. Control signals are delivered from the keypad to the source via the same CAT-5 cable.

The A-BUS approach places the amplifiers closer to the speakers to yield better sound, and it plugs into existing Eaton structured-wiring systems, the company said

Eaton's version features four A-BUS ready inputs and two four-zone outputs for expandability.

The recently updated Cutler-Hammer Structured Wiring Solutions features updated designs for enclosures and distribution modules. It offers a voice, data, video, computer and entertainment networking system for residential applications.

Eaton's new Heartbeat home monitoring system uses wireless to let consumers monitor and receive updates on a broad range of household devices and systems through a Home Key LCD display, which offers an all-in-one glimpse at the status and condition of their homes.

The system routinely monitors for problems such as water leaks and flooding. It also provides updates on home appliances, the status of doors and windows, routine maintenance schedules and oversees comings and goings of family members. When users are outside the house, the system sends e-mails or text message alerts to cellphones when a problem is detected.

Home Heartbeat has three main components: a Base Station, a Home Key and a network of detection sensors. The Base Station is the heart of the system and wirelessly communicates with the Home Key and sensors. The Base Station interprets the alert and status messages from the sensors and relays the information to the Home Key.

The Home Key with its LCD display alerts users to a problem by vibration, beep or red flashing LCD display).

Sensors include water sensors, open/closed sensors, power sensors, and reminder and attention sensors, which can alert homeowners to a wide range of problems, including pipe leaks and flooding, open doors and windows, and appliances that are left on or are without power.

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