NetLinx Clear Connect™ Gateway Delivers Rapid Integration of AMX Control Systems with Lutron® Clear Connect™ Radio Frequency Enabled Products
RICHARDSON, Texas - April 26, 2012 - AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced the immediate availability of the NetLinx® Clear Connect™ Gateway. With its release, the family of AMX Light Control by Lutron® is now available. Based on the industry-leading Clear Connect radio frequency (RF) technology from light control manufacturer Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., the NetLinx Clear Connect Gateway wirelessly connects NetLinx Controllers with Lutron Clear Connect, dimmers, switches, occupancy sensors, switching plug-in devices and keypads.
The AMX Light Control by Lutron system uses the existing electrical infrastructure, so no new wires need to be installed. The wireless solution gives installers a quick, cost-effective path to add light control and occupancy sensing to a smart-room automation solution with AV control including features like scheduled shutdowns and energy management. Additionally, by removing the limitations related to pulling new wires, light control can be offered in virtually any location. This makes the wireless solution ideal for retrofit installations.
In fact, every step of installing the wireless solution is designed to produce rapid results - even its programming. For example, included with the NetLinx Clear Connect Gateway is a Web interface that simplifies integration, configuration and programming of Clear Connect devices. "With the Web interface integration it is remarkably intuitive and quick," said AMX Chief Technology Officer Robert Noble. "Installers can add devices, create scenes and program the system, with no installed software tools. There's no other Web integration tool of its kind on the market."
And for racing through more encompassing control and automation deployments, installers can use AMX's new cloud-based Rapid Project Maker (RPM). RPM guides the installer through a step-by-step wizard-based configuration, start to finish, no programming required. With RPM an AMX control system can be configured in less than an hour.
"AMX's ability to add native network control and management capabilities to Lutron's Clear Connect Enabled devices offers a significant value to the dealer channel," said Ed Blair, Vice-President and General Manager of Lutron. "Dealers will greatly benefit from this solution as they can install a complete control system - lights, AV, HVAC, energy management and more - without pulling wires."
Lutron's patented Clear Connect RF technology uses a quiet band, essentially free of interference, ensuring communication between system devices is reliably delivered. Noble said, "Lutron's Clear Connect technology has set the bar for range and reliability in wireless lighting control and creates a seamless fit with AMX integrated building control."
The innovative AMX Light Control by Lutron solution even enables complete facility energy management. By adding RMS® Enterprise software from AMX, users can manage and monitor lighting, AV devices, HVAC and other building systems. The capabilities of RMS can produce substantial energy-savings and ROI that integrators can offer building owners. For instance, an energy management feature that can trigger events based on motion from personnel in the building - like turning everything off when no motion is detected for a scheduled number of minutes.
To learn more about the NetLinx Clear Connect Gateway and the Clear Connect Enabled line please visit www.amx.com/products/categoryLightingControls.asp. The AMX Light Control by Lutron® system is available in the US and Canada.
AMX hardware and software solutions simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments. With the increasing number of technologies and operating platforms at work and home, AMX solves the complexity of managing this technology with reliable, consistent and scalable systems. Our award-winning products span control and automation, system-wide switching and audio/video signal distribution, digital signage and technology management. They are implemented worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation / command centers, hotels, entertainment venues, broadcast facilities, among others.
AMX was founded in 1982 and is a member of the Duchossois Group of Companies. For more information, visit www.amx.com.
About Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. http://www.lutron.com/
Lutron Electronics, headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, designs and manufactures energy-saving lighting controls, automated window treatments and appliance modules for both residential and commercial applications. Its innovative, intuitive products can be used to control everything from a single light, to every light, shade and even stand-by power in a home or commercial building. Lutron products make any space more versatile, while enhancing ambiance, comfort and productivity. They also save energy and make light bulbs last longer, making them an eco-friendly addition to the home and workplace. Founded in 1961, Lutron estimates that the installed base of its products saves the nation nearly 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year. Lutron manufactures more than 16,000 energy-saving products, sold in more than 100 countries around the world. www.lutron.com