The Integration Guide to Touchpanels, Remotes, and Apps

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“To be competitive among pro-level competitors, we’ve had to develop a system that is feature rich, cost effective, and easy to install.”

 

 

Original article can be found at: http://www.residentialsystems.com/integration-guides/0029/the-integration-guide-to-touchpanels-remotes-and-apps/88429

By: Llanor Alleyne, Residential Systems Magazine

Over the years, touchpanels, remotes, and more recently, control apps have served as the primary access point to programming and effectively engaging with home automation systems, which are now evolving into and underpinning the broader development of the smart home concept and its corresponding technology girdle, the Internet of Things.

Whether proprietary or built on an open platform, current home automation control interfaces have had to adapt to rapid changes in how end users interact with their home systems. Consumer familiarity with touchpanels, remotes, and mobile apps means that these control devices continue to be key to smart home adoption, while newer developments like voice control—currently the leading engineering focus of corporations like Google, Amazon, and Apple—highlight how significant home automation will be in calculating quality of life over the next 10 years.

Boxing the Big Outlets

“The DIY segment gets interest from consumers primarily due to price point; however, it typically fails to deliver on expectations due to the complexity of install and the lack of powerful integration,” noted Sanjay Patel, president of TiO. “To be competitive among pro-level competitors, we’ve had to develop a system that is feature rich, cost effective, and easy to install.”

In addition to TiO’s 7-inch wall-mounted touchscreen tablet that will be available later this summer, the company also has the TiO Home App, available for Apple iOS and Android devices. In a bow to a collective industry move toward voice control, TiO will have soon add this feature to its app.

“We’re committed to providing a solution that removes the time-consuming and expensive activities, such as programming and new wiring, to replace it with a simple plug-and-play system,” Patel added. “TiO’s home automation solution does not require any programming, as the entire ecosystem can be configured through any Android or iOS tablet. The tablet simply connects to Wi-Fi and automatically discovers the TiO components that can be installed with existing home wiring. This reduces the cost of the install and provides a more cost-effective solution for the consumer.”

In addition to TiO’s 7-inch wall-mounted touchscreen tablet that will be available later this summer, the company also has the TiO Home App, available for Apple iOS and Android devices.