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RTI Shows Stunning T2x Control, Overhauls Control Platform

Celebrating 20 years in business, RTI debuts slick T2x controller, new HDMI switchers with HDBaseT, and new Apex control platform.


The stunning new T2x handheld remote control operates on RTI's new APEX control platform, providing strong support for remote programming and cloud services.
Julie Jacobson · September 8, 2012

We’ll have complete CEDIA Expo 2012 coverage of RTI, but for now enjoy a look at the stunning new T2x handheld remote control. Like the rest of RTI’s controllers, this one can operate not just the A/V gear but the home automation subsystems—lighting, energy management, security, the works.

At CEDIA, RTI also introduced a brand new control platform called APEX, representing “the most significant Integration Designer update ever, APEX offers a number of key enhancements to provide strong support for remote programming and cloud services,” says RTI’s Pete Baker.

An overview of all RTI product introductions follows Blog Mobster’s Richard Fregosa’s interview with Baker.

PRESS RELEASE
RTI Rocks CEDIA EXPO 2012 With More New Product Introductions Than Ever Before
Dealers are Introduced to a Record Number of New RTI Products Including the Dazzling T2x Controller, HDMI Video Matrixes, the APEX Control Platform, and Much More

Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) announced that it is set to make a big impact at CEDIA EXPO 2012 by introducing a record number of new products. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, RTI will be introducing new and enhanced solutions in nearly every product category, including new control processors, hand-held and in-wall controllers, audio and video distribution solutions, the new APEX control platform, and much more.

“This is a very exciting time for RTI. Not only are we celebrating our 20th anniversary, but we have experienced record sales growth this year of more than 30 percent. Building on this momentum, we will be introducing more new products than ever before at this year’s CEDIA EXPO,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “Some highlights at the show will include our amazing new T2x handheld remote, beautifully designed in-wall touchpanels, enhanced audio distribution solutions, two new HDMI video matrix switchers, and our stunning new APEX control platform. With these products and many, many more, our presence at this year’s show will cement our place as the world’s leading control system manufacturer.”

New additions to RTI’s offering of distributed audio solutions will include the AD-4x and AD-8x featuring source input trim and IP control via Ethernet ports. Powerful new control processors will include the newly accelerated, lightning fast XP-8s and the revolutionary new XP-4, which offers an HDMI video output and two inputs for supporting an OSD control interface. To complement the new processors, RTI will unveil a number of in-wall and hand-held control products, such as a countertop version of the KX7 touch panel, the RKM-1+ in-wall controller, and the game-changing T2x hand-held controller.

Representing a brand new concept in control, the T2x takes style to an unprecedented level with a thinner, sleeker, and more ergonomic design. For improved gesture support, the T2x features a flush-mount, edge-to-edge touch screen, while integrated grip sensors conveniently keep the remote turned on while it’s being held. A groundbreaking, built-in accelerometer enables control by hand movements, allowing for commands such as rewind and fast-forward with the flick of a wrist. Complementing its attractive design with unparalleled functionality, the T2x boasts Wi-Fi support and a dual RF platform for either one-way control via 433-MHz RF or bidirectional communication with RTI processors and supported third-party electronics through 2.4-GHz ZigBee.

CEDIA EXPO 2012 will also mark RTI’s expansion into video distribution with the introduction of two new HDMI video matrix switchers. Utilizing HDBaseT technology, the 4x4 VHD-4 and 8x8 VHD-8 extend HDMI, IR, and RS-232 signals up to 230 feet over a single Cat 5e/6 cable. The units include both HDMI and UTP outputs for each zone, offer very fast switching times of less than one second, and support HDMI and DVI inputs. The VHD-4 is HDMI 1.3-compliant and supports resolutions to 1080p, while the VHD-8 is compliant with HDMI 1.4 and adds support for 3D.

For integrators, perhaps RTI’s biggest unveiling at CEDIA EXPO will be the APEX control platform, the latest version of the company’s Integration Designer programming software. Representing the most significant Integration Designer update ever, APEX offers a number of key enhancements to provide strong support for remote programming and cloud services.

Visitors to RTI’s booth No. 1925 will be among the first to see the highly anticipated software in action, along with the company’s powerful new control-system lineup.

T2x Advanced Wireless Controller
•Flush mount, edge-to-edge touchscreen for improved gesture support
•Integrated grip sensors keep the remote turned on while it’s being held
•Accelerometer allows for control by hand movements
•Three wireless modes built-in (RF, Zigbee, and WiFi)
•Greatly improved power management and battery charging
•Can be remotely updated wirelessly from offsite
•Thinner, sleeker and more ergonomic

T2i Advanced Wireless Controller
•Flush mount, edge-to-edge touchscreen for improved gesture support
•Integrated grip sensors keep the remote turned on while it’s being held
•Dual wireless modes built-in (RF, Zigbee)
•Greatly improved power management and battery charging
•Thinner, sleeker and more ergonomic

T1-B+ Hard Button Wireless Controller
•Dual wireless modes built-in (RF, Zigbee)
•Updated key cap labels
•Lithium battery and docking station included
RP-4 Remote Control Processor
•Integrated 433 MHz receiver
•Four routable infrared ports
•Ethernet for downloading and RTiPanel support
•Two integrated relays
•Two sense inputs

XP-4 Advanced Control Processor
•HDMI output for on-screen TV control
•Integrated 2.4 GHz Zigbee transceiver
•Four routable MPIO ports
•Ethernet for downloading, IP control, and RTiPanel/Virtual Panel support
•Three integrated relays and sense inputs
•Two bi-directional RS-232 ports

XP-8s Advanced Control Processor
•Faster version of XP-8
•- Four times the RAM for additional driver support
•Includes 4GB SDHC memory card

CX7 Wired System Controller
•7” WVGA LCD with integrated multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
•Wired & wireless Ethernet
•Video & audio input
•Mount on table top or under cabinet
•Integrated speakers & microphone
•Proximity and light sensors

KX2 In-Wall System Controller
•2.8” QVGA LCD with integrated touchscreen
•Twelve assignable/ programmable hard buttons
•Integrated wired Ethernet with POE
•IR output drives up to 1000 feet of wire
•Proximity and light sensors

PCM-4 Port Control Module
•Four multi-purpose I/O ports made available to an XP series processor
•Use multiple PCM-4 modules for virtually unlimited control of devices
•Communicate with XP processor over Ethernet for easy expansion
•One 12VDC voltage trigger output
•Powered using power supply or POE

RCM-4 Relay Control Module
•Four individually addressable relays
•Relays capable of switching up to 28 VDC @ 5A
•Relays can be controlled with both IR and Ethernet
•Powered using power supply or POE
VHD-4 & VHD-8 HDMI Switchers
•4x4 & 8x8 HDMI Switchers
•IR, RS-232, & IP control options
•Optional baluns for HDMI over single UTP

AD-4x & AD-8x Distributed Audio Systems
•4x4 & 8x8 Distributed Audio Systems
•IR, RS-232, & IP control options
•Pre-outs on both AD-4x and AD-8x
•Source input trim



  About the Author

Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at jjacobson@ehpub.com

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