Innea Creates Virtual 3D Home Automation Demos
Innea software allows integrators to conduct control system demos in a virtual 3D home or boardroom with clients, architects and designers on iPhones/iPads.
It’s tough enough to sell A/V without a showroom, but what about control systems? How do you show automated lighting and shade control and slick user interfaces without a demo room?
That’s the message to integrators from Innea, a new software system that creates 3D virtual automated conference rooms, homes and apartments for dealers to use with clients and put on their company websites.
Using a smartphone or tablet, the software allows integrators to give a virtual control system demo for an apartment, theater or boardroom environment.
The software includes beautiful virtual rooms with interfaces that pop-up in the corner of the screen and allow the user to navigate room to room and virtually turn on and off lights, raise and lower shades, activate the home theater, and more.
The system, which was on display at the ISE in Amsterdam, is from Germany and is being sold exclusively in North America by Hollywood, Fla.-based OneFirefly.
Currently, there are more than 40 pop-up Crestron interfaces in the program. According to Ron Callis, CEO of OneFirefly, new interfaces from HAI, Lutron, AMX, Savant, Control4, RTI and others are on the way.
“The software is especially useful for architects and interior designers,” says Callis, “because it allows them to visually see how automation works and you can safely just hand them the iPhone or iPad and let them do the navigation. It’s super sexy.”
The software has two license options: a Basic version ($1990) that includes an iPhone app, and a Pro version ($2990) that includes an iPhone app and Crestron interfaces. An iPad app can be added to either version for $390.
Also, dealers can purchase Web Demo versions for living rooms, boardrooms or cinemas to embed into their own websites for $990. For an upgrade, the software can be customized to include an integrator’s own company logo, different colors to match his company brand image, and even a changed “virtual skyline” outside the windows of the 3D home, apartment or boardroom to reflect their own region of the country.
The software is not inexpensive, but it’s certainly less costly than building a showroom.
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]
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