Integration of automated shades just got easier for dealers using third-party control companies on a project. Custom window treatments manufacturer Hunter Douglas has bolstered its commitment to the custom integrator channel with an expanded library of control drivers, the company announced.
Designed for fast, straightforward integration of PowerView Gen 3 Automation into popular home control systems, the new drivers maximize the possibilities for adding automated window treatments to a broad range of projects.
The increasing list of Hunter Douglas third-party drivers allows integrators to incorporate PowerView shades into new or existing Control4, Crestron Home, Crestron, Clare Controls, Elan, RTI, and URC systems. Drivers for Savant and Brilliant are also in development and set to be available soon, according to the company.
Each of the drivers enables individual shade and scene control with reliable performance and accurate two-way feedback. The drivers, coupled with the enhanced features and improved setup process of PowerView Gen 3, make quoting, specifying, and installing smart shading more versatile, appealing, and simple for professionals, Hunter Douglas notes.
Installer-Friendly Configuration for Custom Hunter Douglas Shade Automation
Integrators can quickly and easily set up and deploy systems at any scale, with little to no custom programming required. Scenes and automations can be created and configured in the PowerView App and synchronized with the third-party apps.
To enable deep control of customized shade automations, an integrator simply includes a Hunter Douglas Gateway in their project.
The Gateway serves as the communication bridge: It receives commands from a third-party driver, then transmits them to the shades to trigger automation via reliable, two-way Bluetooth Low Energy technology. The Gateway also serves as a range extender to synchronize window treatment performance throughout a home.
Once setup is complete, homeowners enjoy pre-programmed scenes or trigger automations using third-party control apps, remote controls, scene controllers, or Google and Alexa voice assistants, Hunter Douglas adds.
“As homeowners seek a cohesive smart home ecosystem, it’s essential that we support custom integrators by ensuring Hunter Douglas PowerView is compatible with the most in-demand home automation systems,” says Scott Stephenson, director of Product, Motorization at Hunter Douglas.
“We’re committed to helping our dealers offer their clients the largest range of smart shades on the market. PowerView Gen 3 is engineered to take the guesswork out of specifying smart shades and make it an easy decision to use Hunter Douglas on projects. These drivers align precisely with that goal and will lend tremendous possibilities for integrators to take advantage of the growing product line.”
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