RTI Celebrates 10 Years at ISE 2013 with Apex Home Control Platform
Introduced in the U.S. last year at CEDIA, RTI's new Apex platform makes its European debut at ISE 2013; RTI celebrates 10 years at the event, while Pro Control celebrates one year of shipping product.
Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) was a founding exhibitor of Integrated Systems Europe 10 years ago, and at ISE 2013, the company celebrated the feat with one of its biggest product launches ever—a brand new home control platform called Apex, multiple in-wall touchscreens,sleek new handheld remote controllers, HDBaseT matrix switch, multiroom audio, and a slew of new home automation drivers (see the complete lineup here).
We first saw the products in the U.S. at CEDIA Expo 2012, but Europe feasts its eyes on the stuff for the first time here in Amsterdam.
Apex is a brand new platform for RTI’s home-control ecosystem, with several advanced features seldom seen in other home control systems. For example, programming for the ecosystem is stored in the cloud, so multiple integrators can work on projects without having to worry if they’re working on the most current version.
Another unique feature: You can upgrade remote controls remotely over the Internet. That may seem pretty mundane, but in fact it’s a pretty major accomplishment. You could always upload new programs remotely to an RTI processor, but how do you update a wireless remote without a truck roll?
With Apex, when the programmer uploads new software, the system wakes up the remote with ZigBee and then streams the updates via WiFi.
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Most of the RTI handhelds also have a third radio besides WiFi and the 2.4 GHz ZigBee: 433 MHz.
“It’s nice to have a choice, especially here in Europe,” says Alexander Tempel of RTI distributor Vivateq. “Behind the scenes there’s a lot of concrete and metal construction.”
Meanwhile, RTI’s spin-off company Pro Control is celebrating one year of shipping product—a more affordable, simple-to-program version of RTI’s own rich controllers.
At ISE 2013, Pro Control launched the Pro.8, its version of RTI’s SURFiR, an inexpensive supplement to an app-controlled entertainment system.
Also this week, Pro Control went live with its iOS app.
Pro Control GM Mike Everett says, “We’re really whole now with the app and the Pro.8.”
The timing for RTI’s product launch couldn’t be better, as it looks like Logitech is canning its popular Harmony line of remotes.
“We’re happy to support more dealers who are looking for a solution,” says RTI VP sales and marketing Pete Baker says, noting that RTI picked up some good business after Philips dropped the Pronto.
Mike Everett with Pro Control’s new iOS app
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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 email@example.com
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