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Legrand Extends Function and Comfort to Customers With Unity Upgrades

Legrand Extends Function and Comfort to Customers With Unity Upgrades  

Affordable, Stylish Home Automation Product to Now Include Events, Weather, and Advanced Music Sharing Functionality to Match Consumer Lifestyles

Harrisburg, PA, May 4, 2010
– Legrand, the leader in home automation, announced today that the On-Q Unity Home System has been expanded to include event and weather applications as well as better music sharing capabilities. Unity combines three popular stand-alone systems – multi-room audio, intercom, and camera – to produce one integrated home system. Unity is built on the plug-and-play functionality for which On-Q is known, and is the first system of its kind to give home buyers an affordable home automation option previously reserved for the luxury market.

Unity is the newest component of 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 system integrates the components of the Studio Collection to form the ultimate home system. 

Initially released in November 2009 with audio, intercom, and camera functionality, Unity has now been expanded with features to match consumers’ lifestyles.  A new weather gauge upgrade enables users to gain better climate situational awareness in half hour increments without ever lifting their blinds – or obtain an instant understanding of their local five-day forecast. Unity’s music upgrade provides better integration with iTunes and Windows Media files.

The events upgrade is a timed, event-based wizard that executes functions, such as to invoke music scenes or send and play messages for users. The automation can be programmed in several modes including random (such as for music playlists), or by time-of-day for actions like sunset and sunrise, or for specific dates and hours. Recurring items can be established, ensuring users will never miss an important event.

For example, families with busy schedules can set event notifications regarding sports practices, birthdays, anniversaries, or work-related outings . Simple reminders can also be set for home sitters to feed family pets or remember garbage and recycling rotations. Or, those simply enjoying time at home can experience the full benefits of the system by coordinating Saturday morning music playlists with their morning alarm or coffee maker to kick-start their day.

“We live in a world where smart applications have given people new freedoms and mobility. The downside is that it’s difficult for people to unplug from work and social communities,” said Dave Hanchette, vice president of marketing for the Home Systems Division of Legrand, North America. “The Unity product is designed to help average homeowners worry less about separate home functions and to establish a genuine level of peace and comfort when they are home. It’s an affordable way to reclaim personal time that was previously spent programming and initiating individual home functions.” 

Unity Technical Details

Unity’s liquid crystal display (LCD) is the homeowner’s 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 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. This standard system can also 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.

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