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Control a Lifeware Automation System via Thermostat and Philips Remote

Philips' $199 SRM 7500 ZigBee remote and Exceptional Innovation's new Web Services for Devices (WSD)-enabled thermostat can be used to operate the Lifeware home control system.


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Philips SRM 7500 remote can be used to control devices and activate scenes programmed into the Lifeware Media Center-based home automation system.

Exceptional Innovation is giving users more ways to control the company's Lifeware home automation system. Last year, EI introduced an Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) interface for Lifeware. More recently, the company announced that an inexpensive audio keypad from NuVo could be used to operate the automation system.

At CEDIA, EI announced additional interfaces for its Media Center-based home control system.

First, NuVo competitor Russound has embedded Web Services for Devices (WSD) -- a protocol that is integral to Lifeware -- into its new E-series multiroom audio system.
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The technology enables Russound keypads to operate lights, appliances, scenes, and other Lifeware control functions, not to mention Russound's own whole-house audio system. (As an aside, with WSD inside, Russound's audio system should in theory be controllable via a Vista PC or other WSD-enabled system.)

Second, the brand new, incredibly elegant Philips SRM 7500 ZigBee-enabled remote can now interact with the Lifeware automation system. This incredible $199 two-way RF remote (also known as "Tino," and currently only available in Europe) can trigger any scene that Lifeware can trigger. Through the remote's LCD screen, for example, you can select the GOODNIGHT scene to turn off all of the home's electronics and leave the lights on dim in the hallway.

Finally, EI has created its own WSD-enabled thermostat that doubles as a home controller. It's all part of the company's mission to enable "every end point to be a controller," says Mike Seamons, vice president of marketing.

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The unit does double duty, just like the NuVo and Russound keypads and the Philips remote. It serves as a traditional communicating thermostat, but when you press the Lifeware logo on its face, options come up for operating lights and appliances, and triggering automation scenes through the Lifeware control system.




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Julie Jacobson, Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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