URC Adds Compatibility With Philips Hue, Honeywell, Hunter Douglas, CoolMasterNet, Tekmar

Total Control system also adds support for additional HVAC systems
URC’s controlling devices, including touchscreens and remotes, control additional other-brand smart-home products, including Philips Hue LED bulbs, and display feedback.

URC’s Total Control home-automation system is expanding its reach inside the home to control more brands of home systems, including Philips ZigBee-based Hue light bulbs, Honeywell thermostats, Hunter Douglas motorized shades and more HVAC systems.

URC added two-way software-control modules for these products to its Total Control whole-house control systems, which control entertainment systems, lighting, surveillance systems and the like. The two-way software modules enable feedback from the products to be displayed on URC’s controlling devices, such as remotes and touchscreens. The controlling devices can display such information as a room’s temperature, audio volume, lighting level, etc.

Total Control systems connect to CAT-5 wiring to control products sitting on the IP network but also feature IR control of AV systems, wireless 2.4GHz control, and wireless Z-Wave and ZigBee for wireless control of lighting, door locks, thermostats, shades and similar products.

With the latest upgrades, URC is adding control of the following other-brand products:

--Philips Hue ZigBee-based LED lights, whose hue, brightness, separation and on/off functions can be controlled by URC systems in groups and individual;.

--Honeywell Total Connect Comfort thermostats, providing control of almost all thermostat functions, including temperature, humidity, operating mode, fan mode and hold mode;

--CoolMasterNet’s bridge, which integrates Total Control with various HVAC systems so users can change thermostat modes, set points, fan modes and louver positions;

--Tekmar’s tN4 Gateway 482 to control thermostats and setpoint control devices connected to the gateway; and

--Hunter Douglas PowerView motorized-shade systems.

Recently URC also announced two-way integration with Bose SoundTouch wireless multiroom-audio products and with Klipsch’s Reference Premier HD Wireless home-theater speaker system, which is based on the WiSA wireless standard.

Total Control systems also control Sonos products, DirecTV set-top boxes and Autonomic music servers, among other products.


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