URC Adds Four Drivers to Total Control Home Automation; Sonos Coming Soon
Two-way control modules for Lutron Caseta, Aprilaire thermostats, DSC security systems and Fusion Ovation music streamers added to URC driver library. Sonos is coming "very soon."
URC now has nearly 75 two-way drivers for integrating its Total Control home automation system with third-party products. Most recently, the company added control modules (as URC calls them) for Lutron Caseta lighting and shade control, Aprilaire thermostats, DSC security systems and Fusion Ovation music streamers.
Using these modules, users can review two-way feedback from the products such as lighting levels (Lutron) and alarm zone status (DSC), now playing (Fusion) or living room temperature (Aprilaire), for example.
URC touts the fact that its drivers are developed by the third-party manufacturers themselves or by URC’s own engineers, “thereby giving URC greater control over quality and continuity of the drivers.”
URC lost a key driver, Sonos, when it relied on the third-party developer Extra Vegetables, which was acquired by Control4.
URC director of marketing Cat Toomey says a home-grown Sonos driver will be available “very soon.”
The new modules are free of charge and available now to URC dealers.
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