Harrisburg, PA, September 4, 2008 - On-Q/Legrand, the leader in home systems, today announced that they will preview a product expected to revolutionize the home systems industry at this year's CEDIA. The newest addition to On-Q's Studio Collection, the Unity Home System, combines three popular stand-alone systems - multi-room audio, intercom, and camera - to produce one integrated home system that's easily controlled via an attractive user interface. Built on the plug-and-play functionality On-Q is known for, Unity is available at a surprisingly affordable price, and is the first system of its kind in the production home market.
Earlier this year On-Q/Legrand unveiled The Studio Collection, a group of products inspired by color and design trends from around the world. These products combine innovative functionality with elegant design to create home systems that bring enhanced value to the homeowner through increased convenience and attractive design. The Unity Home System is the newest component of the Studio Collection - a way to integrate all Studio products together to form the ultimate home system.
"Homebuyers in the production market currently have little to no choice in terms of integrated home technology," said Dan Tarkoff, vice president of product management and engineering at On-Q/Legrand. "Higher-end home automation and control systems are simply out of their price range. Unity is the first and only truly integrated home system designed for the production home market. And it includes an attractive user interface that's roughly 50 percent of the cost of most other user interfaces on the market. The innovative functionality, beautiful design, and unprecedented value of this system guarantee that it will change the way people think about home technology."
Unity is comprised of two key pieces - the Integration Module and an LCD Console. While the Integration Module houses the "brains" behind the system, the LCD is the primary part of Unity a homeowner would interact with. It includes an easy-to-use but powerful graphical user interface (GUI) which enables control of their home system - intercom, audio, and camera - at the touch of a button. The GUI is displayed on a high performance screen and operates similar to a cell phone or iPod, with simple, menu-driven navigation. In addition, Unity allows users to listen to digital music from a networked computer without any custom hardware, and enables the display of metadata like album artwork on the LCD screen.
The Integration Module includes convenient RJ45 connections for audio, intercom, and camera systems. It not only facilitates direct connection between these systems, but it also enhances the existing systems to deliver additional functionality. For example, when On-Q's Selective Call Intercom system is connected to the Integration Module, users are able to leave messages for family members in select rooms, or set up alarms and wake up calls throughout the house or in specific rooms. Unity also enables the intercom system to work with On-Q's camera system to perform automatic camera viewing via the LCD screen when the door button is pressed.
A typical Unity system would include four rooms of intercom, four zones of audio, and one camera. It would also include one LCD Console or TV Display Interface, both of which enable convenient system interaction via graphical user interfaces. This standard system can also be expanded to accommodate a system of up to 32 rooms of intercom, eight zones of audio, four cameras, and eight LCD Consoles or TV Display Interfaces.
Based on standard Cat 5 wiring, Unity is surprisingly easy to install. It features RJ45 connections and does not require complicated programming like higher-end home automation systems. Instead, it uses On-Q's plug-and-play functionality to enable easy, one-person installation and provide significant time and cost savings for the installer.
Unity is scheduled to be available in mid-year 2009.
By combining an innovative lifestyle-solutions approach to selling home technology with elegant, award-winning products, On-Q/Legrand is the only source you need to succeed in the home systems market. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., On-Q/Legrand manufactures home technology products which are sold and installed through a network of distributors, dealers and residential builders. Learn more about us on the web at www.onqlegrand.com.