RTI Launches Two-Way Communication Platform
Cutting-Edge Programming Software and Powerful Control Devices Enable Feedback from Electronic and Environmental Systems Throughout Residential and Commercial Applications
SHAKOPEE, MN - July 14, 2009 - Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) recently announced the release of its two-way communication platform, adding to its family of control solutions including new ZigBee®-enabled handheld remote controls and transceivers while enhancing the capabilities of existing in-wall touch screen controllers. Using advanced control processors and the latest version of the company's Integration Designer® programming software, RTI's professional-grade control solutions offer tight integration with third-party devices for intuitive control. Professional installers will be delighted with the ease and efficiency with which they can program their RTI handheld remotes or in-wall touch screen controllers and integrate them with A/V as well as lighting, thermostats, multi-room audio, media servers, security, and other electronic systems.
"In the past, two-way communication was reserved for very complex integration projects, but our new platform simplifies implementation, allowing integrators to provide their customers with a more sophisticated level of control and automation," said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. "Two-way communication between our control solutions and other manufacturers' devices provides more seamless integration and greatly enhances the intuitiveness of the user experience."
Designed with an open architecture, RTI's remote controls and in-wall touch screens interface seamlessly with a wide variety of integration products. The close relationship of RTI with other leading manufacturers of A/V equipment, fostered through the RTI Integration Partner Program, has enabled the company to supply drivers that simplify control configuration through straightforward drag-and-drop programming. The initial driver database release includes support for popular products such as Escient® media servers; Aprilaire® thermostats; Lutron® Homeworks®/ RadioRA® and Vantage™ lighting controls; iPort® iPod® docks; DSC® security devices; B&K® multi-zone audio solutions; and Yamaha®, Marantz®, Denon®, and Integra® receivers, among others. Additional drivers are in the works and will be released by RTI on a regular basis. Dealers can sign up for an RSS feed from the dealer area of RTI's website at www.rticorp.com to be notified of future driver releases.
RTI's two-way compatible controllers also feature an attractive new graphical user interface (GUI) specifically designed to support two-way communication and display real-time system information and metadata for the ultimate control experience. The GUI provides visual feedback on current song selection, security status, or environmental services, and Web-based templates provide end users with quick access to current and forecasted weather conditions directly on their controllers.
RTI's two-way communication platform includes several new additions to the existing family of control solutions, including new two-way-compatible ZigBee® versions of the T2-C, T3-V, and T4 handheld system controllers, which connect to compatible RTI processors using the ZM-24 ZigBee® transceiver module. Simple firmware updates add two-way functionality to several existing RTI devices, initially including the XP-8 system controller and the RK3 and K4 in-wall touch panels. RTI's XP-8 processor communicates via two-way RS-232 or IP over Ethernet. Combined with the infrared and relay control capabilities already available, the XP-8 can now control virtually any device in the system and receive feedback via the pre-built drivers. This metadata is transferred wirelessly from the XP-8 to the ZigBee® handheld controllers via the ZM-24 transceiver. The XP8 can control and receive feedback from the RK3 and K4 in-wall controllers directly via built-in Ethernet connections.
All RTI products are programmed via the proprietary Integration Designer® platform, a simple Windows®-based software package. The new 7.0 version offers new enhancements to help integrators easily take advantage of the new two-way functionality.
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), headquartered in Shakopee, Minnesota, is the leading manufacturer of innovative, sophisticated, yet user friendly control systems. RTI’s wide array of elegant hardware and software solutions are marketed exclusively through the custom installation channel.
RTI was founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market. This unwavering commitment was expanded and formalized in March 2007 with RTI’s C2C™ (Committed to Custom) initiative which includes expanded tech support hours, enhanced training through both its Advanced Control University (ACU) and in the field, and the C2C orientation will inform and shape every aspect of RTI’s continued evolution. C2C highlights RTI’s dedication to the custom installation market, making it the leader in creating wireless hardware and software control solutions that effectively address the challenges facing electronic systems installers and integrators.
RTI's belief in offering its products exclusively through custom dealers and trained professional integrators is a guiding passion, centered on the customization of any size home theater or other electronic system. The company’s design philosophy emphasizes an intuitive and enjoyable experience in using its award-winning products, from its universal system controllers, to signal storage and processing devices, and PC programming software.
For additional information on RTI and all its innovative products please visit www.rticorp.com.
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Wall Street Communications
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Company Contact:Pete Baker
Remote Technologies Inc.