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Legrand Brightens Unity System with Home Lighting Control, Expansion Capabilities, and New Internet Radio Functionality


Harrisburg, PA, September 23, 2010 – Legrand, the leader in home systems, is previewing a new version of the Unity Home System at this year’s CEDIA Expo. The updated version includes lighting and Internet Radio options, as well as mobile device control and interface expansion capabilities. Part of the Studio Collection, Unity combines popular stand-alone systems such as multi-room audio, intercom, and camera to produce one integrated home system. Built on the innovative functionality for which On-Q is known, Unity is the first system of its kind to give homebuyers an affordable home automation option previously reserved for the luxury market.

Initially released in November 2009 with audio, intercom, and camera functionality, Unity has recently incorporated new features to match consumers’ lifestyles, including event and weather applications as well as enhanced music sharing capabilities. Its new lighting feature enables homeowners to control the Legrand RF Lighting Control system using the intuitive LCD Console, a PC, or a web-enabled mobile device, giving homeowners real-time and timer-based control of their lighting devices. Also new in this release, Unity now provides homeowners with instant access to Internet Radio, which is available through the player function; this means that users can find and save their favorite stations based on genre or location, as well as pause, rewind, and fast forward to their favorite songs.

“The new lighting integration rounds out Unity’s comprehensive set of home control features,” said Dave Hanchette, vice president of marketing for the Home Systems Division of Legrand, North America. “This product is designed to make it easier and more convenient for homeowners to maintain a comfortable and efficient home. We understand that lighting plays an enormous role in home comfort, and now for those with Unity, setting the perfect mood throughout the home is as simple as the touch of a button.”

This updated version includes web applications, allowing users to control their home system from any location through use of an iPad, iPhone, or Droid, as well as a PC. It also enables users to set up custom door chimes for use with the video door unit. When a visitor rings the doorbell, homeowners can program their system to play a portion of an audio file saved on their network. This software enhancement also enables door messaging, allowing homeowners to welcome visitors with a recorded message in their own voice.

Unity Technical Details
Unity’s liquid crystal display (LCD) is the homeowner’s primary point of interaction. It includes an easy-to-use but powerful graphical user interface (GUI) which enables control of the home system – intercom, audio, camera, event settings, lighting control, and weather gauge – 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.

An integration module houses the “brains” behind the system, and includes convenient RJ45 connections for audio, intercom, and camera systems. It not only facilitates direct connections between these systems, it enhances 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. The initial Unity system was able to be expanded to accommodate a system of up to 32 rooms of intercom, eight zones of audio, four cameras, two LCD Consoles, and up to 16 TV Display Interfaces. However, with this new release of Unity, Legrand has now included enhanced expansion capability through use of an Expansion Module. Each module allows up to two additional discrete user interfaces, and each system can accommodate up to three Expansion Modules, resulting in up to eight interfaces per system.

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.

About The Home Systems Division of Legrand
The Home Systems Division of Legrand, formerly On-Q/Legrand, combines an innovative lifestyle-solutions approach to selling home technology with elegant, award-winning products. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., the Home Systems Division of Legrand manufactures On-Q 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