CEDIA Scoop: On Controls to Launch Home Automation Hardware, 2-Way Honeywell … – CEPro
On Controls, the pro-oriented business from the makers of iRule DIY home automation software, is showing up at CEDIA Expo 2015 with something new: hardware for its popular IP-based smart-home software. The products â€“ the result of On Controlsâ€™ new relationship with Kramer Electronicsâ€”feature IR and two-way RS-232/-485 control via three different boxes (below).
The units are built for commercial environmentsâ€”with threaded connectors and metal cases â€“ so theyâ€™re sure to endure households with rambunctious kids and tinkering adults.
Someone dusting the equipment cabinet wonâ€™t dislodge the gear.
â€œIt may be overkill, but if theyâ€™re built for commercial, theyâ€™ll work in the house,â€ Ben-Gal says. â€œThey were designed with both in mind, and theyâ€™re simple to deploy.â€
Earlier this year, On Controls announced a relationship with Kramer Electronics, maker of A/V switching gear for commercial applications. On Controls would provide the software for a new Kramer control system called K-Touch, and now On Controls benefits on the residential side from Kramerâ€™s hardware capabilities.
â€œThe beauty is weâ€™re the only ones selling these products in the residential channel,â€ says Ben-Gal. â€œThis is not something that will show up on Amazon.â€
In the past, On Controls (and its DIY counterpart iRule) has recommended IP conversion modules from Global Cache (â€œON-Linkâ€), which continues to be an â€œimportant partner,â€ says On Controls CEO and iRule founder Itai Ben-Gal.
And while the new On Controls hardware can go places that Global Cache canâ€™t, the latter has options for relay controls and sensing, which On Controls currently does not offer.
On the software side, On Controls already enables two-way integration with a large number of pro-oriented subsystems â€“ DirecTV, Autonomic, Lutron, Leviton/HAI, Sony, DSC security, Kaleidescape, NuVo and more â€“ but the company continues to add new partners.
Soon, On Controls will announce two-way integration with Honeywell, including alarm systems and thermostats.
â€œWe can do a lot of deep integration through our cloud servers,â€ Ben-Gal says.
CEDIA attendees also will get to see On Controlsâ€™ new Sev7n UI.
In general, when it comes to software, says Ben-Gal, â€œYouâ€™ll see more of everything.â€
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