ESI Shows Integration with Motorized Shades, Some Unique Features

Hunter Douglas subsidiary Electronic Solutions Inc. gets serious about integrating motorized shades with home automation systems.

ESI shows third-party integration for motorized shades at CEDIA Expo 2012.

Electronic Solutions Inc. (ESI) is not a new player in the motorized-shade category, but the company, acquired by the giant Hunter Douglas in 2007, is relatively new to the CE pro channel.

At CEDIA Expo 2012, ESI showcased the integration of its window coverings and projector screens with third-party control systems, including Control4, Savant and the company’s own app via the iRules home automation platform.

Think all motors are the same? ESI has a couple of features that integrators will appreciate.

First, the rollers have a “Quick Connect” feature “so you can pre-terminate low-voltage wiring,” explains Kevin Mayer, marketing director for EIS. “We pre-connect the power, so you just plug it in.”

ESI power via pre-terminated “Quick Connect” plugs

Secondly the motors have an on-board contact “so you can have local control, not just an RF remote.”

ESI motorized rollers with local contacts

At CEDIA, Mayer showed how a shade can be controlled by a local switch, for example.

ESI makes motors with built-in Z-Wave and 802.15.4 (not the full ZigBee stack).

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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. Email Julie at [email protected]

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Control4 · ESI · iRule · Motorized Shade · Savant · All Topics
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