Control & Automation

Exclusive: URC Total Control 2.0 is Complete Overhaul of Flagship Home Automation System

Launching before CEDIA 2017, URC’s Total Control 2.0 isn’t just a gorgeous new user interface, but a highly-efficient home-automation machine that’s faster, more reliable and more customizable than ever.

Exclusive: URC Total Control 2.0 is Complete Overhaul of Flagship Home Automation System
The "Room" view in Total Control 2.0 can be personalized with images of the user's own home, overlaid with shortcut buttons for one-button control from the main screen. The icons can display two different states, showcased here with the lightbulb graphics.

Julie Jacobson · July 17, 2017

FAQ URC Accelerator 2.0

WHAT IS ACCELERATOR 2.0?

Accelerator 2.0 is the new software that is used to configure and customize a URC Total Control system.

Total Control is URC’s flagship home automation and control system, capable of controlling entertainment, music, lighting, climate, security, surveillance and so much more. It offers control for a variety of protocols including IR, IP, Serial, 12v triggers and relays. All devices are network reliant and communicate via either hardline connection or Wi-Fi.

The system is designed to control up to 32 zones of residential or commercial installation including multi-zone audio streaming at an impressive 48k CD quality resolution. Accelerator 2.0 allows programmers to integrate with numerous third-party subsystems for seamless control of almost every aspect of a customer’s home or business.

With basic configuration of several pull-down menus and click-and-drags, Accelerator 2.0 automatically generates user interfaces and creates all basic activities, saving hours of tedious programming time compared to other home automation software suites.

What differentiates Accelerator 2.0 from the competition is its simplicity and linear design. It is easy enough for novices to quickly program small basic systems, but it is robust enough to offer the power and flexibility required for experienced programmers to fully automate and customize the user experience. With Accelerator 2.0, Total Control separates itself from the competition with its ability to start small as a single room system and expand at any time without removing previously installed devices.

WHAT MAKES ACCELERATOR 2.0 VALUABLE TO SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS?

The ease and speed of programming permits installers to spend more time focusing on customizing the system to fit the individual customer needs rather than spending time generating interfaces and building tedious activity macros. Accelerator 2.0 allows for off-site programming modifications after initial installation eliminating the need for a truck roll or for the customer to be onsite during system changes.    

Accelerator 2.0 offers many advanced features that every installer needs and their customers want. Although URC doesn’t charge for any of these features, it leaves discretion to the integrator to work recurring revenue into their sales model.

WHAT DIFFERENTIATES ACCELERATOR 2.0 FROM THE PREVIOUS SOFTWARE VERSION?

Accelerator 2.0 reflects the features and functions that URC programmers asked for. We listened to their requests and provided solutions, stability and efficiency. In conjunction with the new streamlined user interface, the software offers features that make end user system operation more intuitive.     

Accelerator 2.0 offers a new user-friendly and resourceful Rooms Menu, a customized Scenes Menu for each room with optional activity feedback, Geo-Fencing, Reactive Push Notifications, NFC Tags, a two-way Favorite Channels module, and unified lighting, locks, scenes and thermostat devices. Additionally, URC upgraded the Mobile App to include a third-party in-app launcher, making it even easier to switch between phone apps and mobile apps.


Main Story: URC Total Control 2.0 is Complete Overhaul of Flagship Home Automation System


 

Accelerator 2.0 includes an extensive library of room images, backgrounds and device icons used to customize the interfaces. Programmers seeking to customize the look and feel of interfaces can upload photos of customer rooms, custom background images, custom device and category icons, and even add dynamic color labels. 

With Accelerator 2.0, the Total Control family of interfaces offers an experience like no other. The line-up consists of the new 7” tabletop touchscreen controller, 7” in-wall touchscreen and a 5” in-wall touchscreen. All three devices offer a camera and speaker for use with its embedded intercom system, allowing interfaces to call each other via audio/video or use it as a surveillance camera. The interfaces also offer seamless integration with compatible door stations.

Control of the system from URC’s family of premium touchscreens, keypads, remotes and mobile apps isn’t the only way to for users to interact with their smart home. With the help of Amazon Alexa intelligent voice control or Google Assistant, users can automate the home with just a few voice commands when configured in the Accelerator 2.0 software.

It’s not just visual enhancements that were made to Accelerator 2.0. Engineers also restructured the mainframe for increased stability and reliability within base stations and interfaces. Compartmentalized two-way modules now run independently of each other, increasing the overall speed and stability of the system.

ACCELERATOR 2.0 OVERVIEW

Accelerator 2.0 is designed to provide extensive customization of user interfaces without increasing programming time. This was achieved by designing efficient pull-down menus and click-and-drags, plus automatic generation of user interfaces and sophisticated macros. 

 



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  About the Author

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 julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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Comments

Posted by TotalControlRemotes on July 23, 2017

Comparing this to another control system is moot because you can customize it and make it look however you want.  URC did a fantastic job in translating client and installer needs and delivering a very good interface that gives the client more control of certain elements.  It always impresses me how they stay in front of the market and offer the latest drivers and “hot” technology.  They also deliver all of this at very price points.  I think they did a great job with this in terms of design and features.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on July 19, 2017

What Darnitol said—these are just various examples of what the graphic elements might look like. It’s up to the customer/integrator. @Supremeav, yep, looks quite similar to Savant. In the case of SAvant (and others), I like the fact that customers themselves can personalize the UI. URC says it made the deliberate decision not to give this capability to customers. That’s their strategy (let the experts maintain the UI), but I personally would prefer the ability to change stuff around on my own.

Posted by Darnitol on July 19, 2017

It’s very easy to customize the color scheme (and in fact what’s shown is not the default). The different lighting icons you’re seeing are actually for very different functions and completely different aspects of the UI. The photos here take them somewhat out of context. Of course, everyone is going to have their own preferences for style and even brand, but I encourage you to take a look in person before you make up your mind.

Posted by weddellkw on July 18, 2017

Agree, that color scheme is not good.

Also, the lighting icon in the device selection page is different from the icon in the room selection page is different from the suddenly realistic light-bulb image in the final image…

Posted by supremeav on July 18, 2017

Looks like similar to Savant but not as sleek.

Posted by supremeav on July 18, 2017

Looks like similar to Savant but not as sleek.

Posted by weddellkw on July 18, 2017

Agree, that color scheme is not good.

Also, the lighting icon in the device selection page is different from the icon in the room selection page is different from the suddenly realistic light-bulb image in the final image…

Posted by Darnitol on July 19, 2017

It’s very easy to customize the color scheme (and in fact what’s shown is not the default). The different lighting icons you’re seeing are actually for very different functions and completely different aspects of the UI. The photos here take them somewhat out of context. Of course, everyone is going to have their own preferences for style and even brand, but I encourage you to take a look in person before you make up your mind.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on July 19, 2017

What Darnitol said—these are just various examples of what the graphic elements might look like. It’s up to the customer/integrator. @Supremeav, yep, looks quite similar to Savant. In the case of SAvant (and others), I like the fact that customers themselves can personalize the UI. URC says it made the deliberate decision not to give this capability to customers. That’s their strategy (let the experts maintain the UI), but I personally would prefer the ability to change stuff around on my own.

Posted by TotalControlRemotes on July 23, 2017

Comparing this to another control system is moot because you can customize it and make it look however you want.  URC did a fantastic job in translating client and installer needs and delivering a very good interface that gives the client more control of certain elements.  It always impresses me how they stay in front of the market and offer the latest drivers and “hot” technology.  They also deliver all of this at very price points.  I think they did a great job with this in terms of design and features.