HAI Targets Europe with New Omni-Bus Scene Controller, KNX and DALI Gateways
At ISE 2013, HAI by Leviton will debut Omni-Bus DIN rail scene controller that operates standalone without HAI controller, and demonstrate KNX and DALI interfaces for European home automation.
Home Automation Inc. (HAI by Leviton) has shown its Omni-Bus DIN rail controllers in Europe before but this year at ISE 2013, the company will demonstrate for the first tie the new Omni-Bus Scene Controller for 110/220/240V markets.
The new product joins Omni-Bus line of DIN rail-mounted controllers launched in 2011. Unique to the Scene Controller is that dealers can configure lighting scenes and moods without the need for a full HAI control system. (Of course, for a richer feature set, you’ll want to tie in an HAI Omni controller.)
Here’s how HAI describes the product:
The Omni-Bus Scene Controller is an Omni-Bus control unit which enables lighting scenes or moods to be configured. Up to 32 different scenes can be defined, controlling up to a total of 256 Omni-Bus load control modules (dimmer, power switch, or relay module channel). Each scene can be triggered from up to 8 different Omni-Bus input device buttons (wall switch, wall mount remote, switch interface, or keyfob remote). When used in conjunction with a HAI Controller and Omni-Bus Interface Translator, scenes may also be triggered from the Controller or HAI Touchscreens.
Even without a central control system, integrators can configure the behavior of each individual scene or channel including:
- Occupancy mode
- Device startup
- Scene groups
- Scene Behavior
KNX and DALI Gateways
KNX and DALI interfaces are not entirely new for HAI, but the company will demonstrate a working KNX ecosystem for the first time at ISE 2013, featuring integration with lighting, thermostats and motorized window coverings.
The relatively new DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) provides on/off switching, dimming, DALI group control, DALI broadcast control, and DALI scene control for compatible devices.
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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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