CEDIA Find: Worthington Builds Complete ZigBee Ecosystem for HAI
After Control4 and Crestron, Home Automation Inc. is now third major U.S. vendor of ZigBee-based control system. Worthington makes it happen at CEDIA Expo.
Wouldn’t it be nice if a home automation “standard” were really a standard? For all the noise, not all ZigBee products work with other ZigBee products, and the same can be said of Z-Wave and others.
Worthington Distribution has worked some magic to create an integrated ZigBee ecosystem that the group will demonstrate at CEDIA Expo 2012. It features Home Automation Inc. (HAI) as the central controller, integrated with ZigBee-enabled products from Centralite, Kwikset and Somfy.
“While ZigBee radio technology has been around since 2003, it has typically been used in proprietary systems,” says Worthington CTO Tom Morgan.
For example, there is ZigBee for Control4 and ZigBee for Crestron.
Slowly but surely, manufacturers are starting to implement more universal versions of the technology, especially the ZigBee HA (Home Automation) Profile, but it can still take a third party like Worthington to tie them all together.
At CEDIA, you’ll see one of the most comprehensive ZigBee demos tying disparate manufacturers into a plug-and-play environment centered around HAI:
—HAI OmniPro II home automation controller with HAI ZigBee Interface Module (ZIM)
—HAI ZigBee 15-Amp Appliance module (with load current reading)
—Centralite Azela ZigBee HA dimmers, switches and plug-ins
—Kwikset ZigBee HA locks
—Somfy ZigBee HA shade controller
“Our dealers have asked about ZigBee HA Pro technology for several years,’ says Richie Scholl, VP of technical sales. “It is exciting to be able to offer them a complete solution.”
Arguably the most HAI-savvy distributor on the planet, Worthington often creates its own software and drivers to bring more features to the HAI ecosystem.
Last year, the distributor developed a solution to turn an NEC phone system into an HAI controller.
Also at the Worthington Booth (3400) at CEDIA Expo 2012:
- HAI Pro II and HiFi2 with iDock
- Russound MCA-C5 with the DMS 3.1, Bluetooth interface and iPad app
- Lutron Radio Ra2 and iPad app
- Luxul long range wireless access ports
- Leviton vizia rf+
- NEC’s DSX phone system integration with HAI
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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