ISE 2016: QMotion Adds FM Communications to Motorized Window Treatments

At ISE 2016, QMotion updated its line of motorized window coverings adding frequency modulation to improve battery life and increase remote control range.

Jordan O'Brien

QMotion is adding FM (frequency modulation) communications and two-way communications to its line of motorized window coverings at ISE 2016.

All of QMotion UK’s motorized window covering products will receive the new FM communications system, which promises less electronic interference, improved battery life and an increase in remote control range, including roller shades, honeycomb shades and motorized drapery rods.

In addition to the new window covering products, several QMotion controls and accessories are to be updated to support the FM communications system.

The Qsync device used for the QMotion App for iOS and Android will now support all of the FM window products and the QRelay, used to extend the range of the remote controls, will also be able to support the new communication systems. The new FM products will use QMotion’s multi-channel Universal Decora-style remote control, designed to fit in any off-the-shelf Decora wall plates and will have five channels plus an all function.

In addition, QMotion has announced that it will enroll in the ZigBee Alliance.

Through its active participation in the alliance the company plans to present new communication technologies to its interactive motorized window shading system in February. New options for control systems will include scenarios such as a single Cat 5 communication and power cable for single or dual hardwired switches alongside multiple power distribution panels, all providing two-way communication functionality.

Other new product launches include a standalone system with a router for battery-powered products and a gateway for integration into smart home automation systems. The two-way communication function will also provide feedback on the status of the shade and will greatly enhance the battery life of the shades.

QMotion can be found in hall 11 on stand E74 at ISE 2016 in Amsterdam.