Fibar Group Updates Fibaro Home Center Software
In addition to its improved support of Z-Wave products and user interface, Fibar Group's new 4.0 Fibaro software also offers a new diagnostic panel that communicates CPU and RAM usage on computers.
One of the hottest technologies expected to drive the custom installation market this year is home automation.
Doing its part to contribute to the category’s growth is the European home automation company Fibaro. At the recent CES Show in Las Vegas, the company announced its new Fibaro 4.0 software. Fibar Group, the parent company of Fibaro says its Fibaro 4.0 Home Center software now offers improved support and integration for a larger and more diverse range of Z-Wave and other home automation devices.
According to the company, the 4.0 software supports a variety of plugins, including solutions for safety, camera, climate/HVAC, home theater, A/V and other subsystems, and it includes provisions for TCP/IP, UPnP, IR and RS-232. Fibaro says these devices have their own user interfaces and can access all application programming interfaces available on the new Home Center software.
Other features include an improved drag-and-drop process that allows dealers to set scenes, assign devices to rooms and to change the activation order of devices. The automation manufacturer also points out the Home Center software includes the ability to allow users to see the history of temperature changes within rooms and on each devices, and its Diagnostic Panel provides information about Home Center’s working conditions such as CPU and RAM usage.
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In addition, Fibaro says that its sensors have improved functionality with extended tamper that provides information for motion detection, and its smoke sensors can now report information such as “smoke and gap to alarm level” to tablets and PCs.
Highlighting some of its plugin capabilities, Fibaro says the software’s multimedia plugins work with products from Sony, Sonos, LG, Denon, Onkyo, Philips, Pioneer and many others, and its climate/HVAC plugins work with products from Carrier, Nest, Netamo and WS Davis Vantage.
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