Leuven, Belgium --
Philips Pronto today launched a line of accessories, designed by Polar Bear
Solutions, intended to enhance the performance of the company's Pronto control
The new line
consists of two wall docking stations, a power sensor relay and a video sensor.
The wall docks (models PBS9600W and PBS9800W)
are flush-mount in-wall docks that allow the Pronto TSU9600 and TSU9800 control
panels to be stored in wall, extending the possible uses of the panels and
allowing the product to compete with other more expensive solutions, the
The PBS9600W allows for the removal of the
TSU9600 from the wall. A set of four buttons located at the base of the dock
can be used for critical services regardless of whether TSU9600 is charging in
the dock or has been left elsewhere in the room. These buttons allow for
integration into an existing lighting control solution, such as Lutron or
iLight systems. They can also be used to control a projector screen or automate
other home systems.
The PBS9800W flush-wall-mount kit comes in two
parts: the wall box and the main caddy and frame. The bezel can be removed to
gain access to the USB connector and power switch without removing the entire
unit from the wall.
The power sensor relay PBS1001S is a small
device that sits in line with the main supply to a component such as a DVD
player, flat-screen television or set-top box, and monitors the current energy
usage of the device. The unit provides physical feedback via an output contact
to indicate if the unit is on or in standby mode. When used with Pronto's
RFX9600 extenders sensor inputs, this information can be used within a control
system to manage the power status of devices or to be used to determine the
appropriate IR codes for control.
The PBS1001S also
has the ability to shut off main power to the equipment it is connected to,
allowing installers to create more energy-efficient installations, the company
said. The sensor can be used to shut off devices that are in standby mode,
helping to reduce both energy consumption and heat buildup within cabinets and
The video sensor (PBS1002S) works with the
Pronto extender RFX9600 and connects to an unused composite-video output from
an A/V component and monitors the signal produced from that device. The unit
provides physical feedback via an output contact to indicate if the signal is
present. This information can be used within a control system to manage the
power status of devices or to be used to determine the appropriate IR codes for
control inside conditional macros, the company said, and the output trigger
that indicates if the connected device is either on or in standby mode is an
isolated relay output, ensuring that a clean volt-free indicator is provided to
the attached control system.
All three accessories are now available
through authorized U.S. Philips Pronto distributors.