Swann Communications released a suite of security solutions, including three new cameras: the Maxi Day/Night, Mega Flood and Super Night Owl. Designed to operate under extreme heat and freezing conditions, the Maxi is an infrared camera that provides a high-resolution image up to 420 TV lines. Powered by 24 LEDs, the camera can capture images in total darkness up to 70 feet. Accessories include additional stands and an aluminum hood for protection against the elements.
European-style wall-mounted ColorTouch screens by Square D/Clipsal monitor and control the home lighting network. They measure 5.11 inches by 3.81 inches and have familiar icons such as bar graphs, sliders, gauges and other indicators to set lighting conditions. Pre-set lighting scenes can activate automatically. Passive Infrared Detector Indoor/Outdoor sensors that detect body heat can be incorporated into the network. Other components will be available at the end of the year.
The Starlite wireless home automation system from CentraLite is capable of handling up to 96 devices, 288 buttons, 100 lighting scenes and 512 dimming levels and can automatically control the ambiance with up to 50 timed events. The system features voice commands that can be set via a wireless headset. Each load control keypad in the system reports internal temperature, power consumption, RF signal strength and light level to constantly monitor efficiency and detect and report burned-out bulbs throughout the home. The system has blue LEDs, and keypads are available in white, almond, light almond and ivory.
The LiteTouch keypad is capable of integrating with other automation systems to perform standard integration tasks, such as controlling the system from an AV remote control, or custom integration tasks, such as dimming the interior lights while simultaneously lowering the shades and arming the security system. The optional universal remote "learns" the system via software updates from the company's Web site. The system can connect to a home network to control automation features at the user's home.
The M4 Audio Controller from Proficient Audio Systems is a multi-zone system with cool-running digital amplifiers to deliver high output. Each of the system's eight channels receive 30 watts and can deliver the power to four zones from up to six sources. The system is expandable to include up to 16 zones. It is housed in a black chassis and includes four single-gang keypads with built-in infrared receivers.