Screen Innovations (SI) continues to expand its technology portfolio with the introduction of two new accessories designed to make installation and operation of their shade and screen products that much simpler.
Affordably priced and integration friendly, the new C4 Zigbee interface and Suite XVI 16-port data hub deliver enhanced functionalities to integration projects without the need for specialized tools on the integrator’s part. The company notes that end users then benefit directly from the faster deployment, as well as the greater monitoring and control of shades and screens across both residential and commercial spaces.
“At SI, our mission is to continually push the envelope in technological innovation—to give our dealers and end-users the smartest, easiest, and most beautiful screens and shades available,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson.
“Our new C4 Zigbee and Suite XVI are a direct reflection of this commitment, enabling seamless interoperability of SI shades and screens with Control4 automation systems and plug-and-play integration of as many as sixteen SI hardwired and wireless keypads for convenient control of multiple shades and screens.”
SI’s C4 Zigbee enables direct, native control and feedback of SI’s 485-powered shades and screens via a Zigbee-enabled Control4 automation system. Any Zigbee 3.0-enabled or non-Zigbee SI shade or screen connected to the small, discreet dongle-style interface instantly joins a Control4 Zigbee mesh network without any programming or additional hardware.
Full discovery of shades and screens is performed within the Control4 composer software. Systems integrators can fold SI shades and screens into a unified Control4 ecosystem in record time; end-users can control, automate, and monitor the status of shades and screens from the same touchscreens, remotes, and keypads used to manage other Control4-connected devices.
The C4 Zigbee also costs significantly less than standard gateways traditionally required to bridge shades and screens with control systems.
When shade and screen installations call for more than a half-dozen keypads, integrators have historically been hard-pressed to find a single 485 data hub with enough ports. SI’s Suite XVI solves this issue with sixteen ports to accommodate 485 devices including keypads, wireless receivers, and additional data hubs.
Ideally suited for large residential and commercial projects, or the expansion of existing networks, Suite XVI occupies a fraction of the space of multiple, smaller hubs and costs less. Made of heavy-duty, plenum-rated sheet metal, the hub can be mounted anywhere—inside a rack or panel or above the ceiling.
Both C4 Zigbee and Suite XVI are available and shipping. More information about these two products, as well as SI’s other accessory devices, can be found here.