CEDA EXPO 2015 is held from October 14th - 17th in Dallas, Texas . This HomeToys.com Tradeshow report aims to bring you some of the new products introduced at this years event.

HomeToys.com - Tradeshow Report for CEDIA EXPO 2015

Brandon Hetherington for | Hometoys.com

CEDIA EXPO places you at the epicenter of the future home experience. Take all facets of your business – technology, training, and network connections – and experience the intrigue of how it is all connected at this year’s show.

As usual HomeToys.com is on hand to see what was what at this years show.  Below is a list of some of the new products featured at CEDIA EXPO 2015.

For all the News and announcements from this years show make sure to check out our SPECIAL CEDIA EXPO 2015 NEWSPAGE.

LUXUL - High Power AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless Access Point 

The all new XAP-1510 offers a best in class Wireless Access Point designed specifically for custom installers. Combining high output power and leading-edge 802.11ac 3x3 Dual-Band technology with Beamforming, the XAP-1510 delivers data rates up to 1900Mbps along with outstanding wireless coverage for a world-class Wi-Fi experience. It can be used as a standalone AP or as part of a multi-AP deployment together with Luxul’s XWC-1000 wireless controller. The XAP-1510 is available now from authorized Luxul distributors.

Middle Atlantic Products - Select Series UPS 

Middle Atlantic’s Select Series UPS provides integrators with backup power protection for a broader range of project requirements. Featuring compact form factors and IP capability, the Select Series joins the company’s Premium Series UPS products to offer a full selection of solutions meeting varying price points, space requirements, and system capabilities. The Select Series UPS includes single-rackspace models for easy one-person installation saving valuable space within the rack. All models are capable of remote monitoring and control with optional IP card. Select Series UPS products are available in single-rackspace models at 500 or 1,000VA and two-rackspace models at 1500 or 2,200VA. Bank control of outlets allows simple system rebooting in the event of a lockup as well as load shedding of non-critical equipment. Other features found in Select Series UPS products include simulated sine wave output waveform, fast eight-ms transfer time, automatic voltage regulation and surge protection. 

Platinum Tools - New Patch Panels 

“Our new Patch Panels have been designed to increase network flexibility,” said John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “These are efficient and convenient solutions to terminate all the cable runs coming in from various rooms to one main location, such as a server room or wiring closet. Patch panels are key components to connecting and routing circuits in any network.”

Wilson Electronics - Pro boosters designed for professional installation

The Wilson Pro product line features cell boosters designed and engineered for installation in larger areas where signals are generally weak or cannot penetrate because they are blocked by materials used in a building's construction, such as concrete and steel. 
Extensive tests done by independent labs* prove Wilson cell boosters provide an indoor coverage area up to 6 times larger than competing boosters. Wilson signal boosters outperform the competition by delivering: 

Intrasonic Technology - VIDOOR-K

The VIDOOR-K is a new product offering from Intrasonic Technology specifically designed for ease and secure entry into a building.  The Sony Color Camera which works with our V304KIT gives you crystal clear images and provides LED’s for night vision.  One additional feature to this camera is the ability to use a Key Fob (included with camera) to program and use to trigger a door release mechanism by waving it in front of the camera. 

This is a great feature for employee entrances, apartment buildings and gate entrances.  Comes standard with a rain guard, 4 conductor wiring, power supply and is weather and shatter resistant.  

RTI - New Intercom Capability

RTI has announced support for audio intercom between RTI user interfaces and third-party devices via the standard SIP protocol. Perfect for front doors, gates, delivery docks, and intra-office settings, intercom adds convenience and security to any commercial or residential automation system, allowing users to check entrance points without opening the door. Features include auto answer, device-to-device calling and “push-to-talk” mode. A future update will enable video calling. Supported RTI interfaces include the T3x handheld remote, CX7 countertop/under-cabinet touchpanel, and the KX7 and KX3 in-wall touchpanels. RTI’s new intercom capability is available as a free firmware update.

Christie Digital Systems - FH1981-L 98-inch Flat Panel

The Christie FHQ981-L 98-inch flat panel delivers exceptional image quality, contrast and color-rich images for business, education, houses of worship, small control rooms and digital signage applications. Providing a seamless canvas and an alternative to traditional 2 x 2 tiled 46-inch displays, the versatile 98-inch flat panel is compatible with digital signage devices and media players including Christie Spyder and Christie Pandoras Box. The FHQ981-L is equipped with built-in speakers, multi-window capability, along with an OPS slot. The Christie ultra-high definition FHQ981-L offers plug and play simplicity and manages up to four feeds simultaneously. 

Pro Control - Z-Wave Light Switches

Pro Control’s all-new Z-Wave lighting control solutions allow users to easily manage lighting elements both locally and from the convenience of a Pro Control user interface. The devices utilize Z-Wave RF technology, creating a wireless network that seamlessly integrates with Pro Control's home automation systems via the Pro.zwi Z-Wave interface module. Perfect for new construction and retrofit installations, the product line consists of light switches, dimmers, a lamp module and receptacles, and it requires no new or specialized wiring. For instance, the innovative battery-operated anyplace switch requires no wiring of any kind, offering incredibly flexible installation possibilities. With a classic, elegant design, the devices blend into any décor, and easily scale to installations of nearly any size — providing control for up to 200 devices.

Somfy - Somfy Connect™ Universal Automation Interface

The Somfy Connect Universal Automation Interface (UAI) uses a public, simplified API that allows integrators the flexibility to create custom window covering programming for nearly every automation system.  With an easy-to-read JSON format, the UAI connects to third party systems using industry-standard RS232 and translates commands to Radio Technology Somfy® (RTS) wireless and Somfy Digital Network (SDN) intelligent wired systems.

For the first time ever, the Somfy Connect Universal Automation Interface provides simplified integration of Somfy motorized products.  With a single point of control, regardless of motor technology, it offers integrators unprecedented customization options using an easy-to-read, publicly available API.  Incorporating motorized shades creates a convenient, energy-efficient environment.

DynaQuip Controls - WaterCopPRO Integrated

Premium whole-house water protection system WaterCopPRO Integrated is competing at Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) for the Best New Product Award. The award recognizes innovative technology and design, in particular the WaterCopPRO Integrated centralized monitoring and control features, which provide the most complete plumbing leak protection available.  The WaterCopPRO Integrated uses strategically located wireless sensors to communicate with an indoor shut-off valve when a leak is detected. The Monitoring and Control panel provides convenient access to system status, integration with third-party security systems, and an optional Wi-Fi module. The system is ideal for custom homes, expansive residences, multi-family, condominium or commercial use.

"We are honored that WaterCopPRO Integrated was selected as a finalist for Best New Product at CEDIA," said J. Rodney Bryan, Jr., President & C.E.O., DynaQuip Controls, manufacturer of the WaterCop family of residential and industrial shut-off systems. "The technology in this premium system helps stop leaks when they are first detected to mitigate loss from water damage, which occurs in more than one million U.S. homes each year."

Midlite Corp. - Power Jumper IC™

Easily relocate power to a flat panel TV and hide ugly wires using the Power Jumper IC™ from MIDLITE Corporation. The HDTV and Sound Bar Power Relocation Kit features a patented low profile in-wall AC power interconnect that helps with cable runs through any kind of stud. The installer does not need an electrical license since the kit comes prewired.

MIDLITE’s patented Pocket Plate™ is recessed in the wall for close-to-wall power behind flat panel installations. It accommodates low-voltage pass through using MIDLITE’s signature and patented products, the Décor Brush Strap and SPEEDPORT™ for discreet placement behind the TV and sound bar. These items provide clean, fast and easy cable pass-through for all low-voltage A/V cables.

The Power Jumper IC™ Power Relocation Kit is available in three different options, HDTV, Sound Bar, and HDTV & Sound Bar combo.

Wyrestorm - H2 line of 4K HDBaseT and HDMI Matrices with HDCP 2.2 and ARC Support

WyreStorm's new H2 Series Matrix Switchers come in two transmission flavors but are both equally lip-smackingly tasty with support of full HDCP 2.2, HDR and Rec 2020 with ARC and WyreStorm's QuickSync technology for lightning fast switching.

HDMI models come in 1U 4x4 and 6x6 varieties, with both benefitting from compatibility with HDMI 2.0 18Gb/s standards for full 4K@60Hz 4:4:4 using standard high speed category 2 HDMI cables for flawless 4K local distribution.

Class A HDBaseT transmission is featured on 2U chassis 6x6 and 8x8 models, adding full 5Play support and PoH for full 4K@60Hz 4:2:0 up to 70m/230ft for compatibility with new 4K broadcast standards.  Or if convenience is your thing, an HDBaseT Class B 1U 4-way matrix kit combined with matching low profile 4K receivers is offered for 4K up to 35m/115ft. 

Severtson Screens - TAT-4K & SAT-4K Acoustically-Transparent Projection Screens

“The SAT-4K and the TAT-4K offer the professional installer and integrator two great options when deciding on a state-of-the-art acoustically-transparent projection screen,” explained Toby Severtson, president and CEO of Severtson Corp. “Made in the USA, the SAT-4K replicates the cinema experience in the home like no other projection screen on the market today. Also Made in the USA, the TAT-4K offers the same innovative technology as the SAT-4K, but is designed specifically for installations with incoming ambient light, meeting and exceeding all industry standards for optimum acoustic performance.”

D-Tools, Inc. - System Integrator 2016 (SI 2016)

D-Tools Inc. will be previewing a major new release of its flagship software platform, System Integrator 2016 (SI 2016) at CEDIA Expo 2015. Available in Q1 2016, the new SI 2016 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable integrators to streamline business processes and increase profitability. SI 2016 will be available as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building upon the architecture of the System Integrator platform including a robust D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, SI 2016 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business—estimation, system design, and project management. SI 2016 features robust integration with SupplyStream and QuickBooks Online plus enhanced Project and Data Management, Purchase Requests, Proposal Wizards, Tasks and Scheduling, Client Notes, a Dynamic Price Calculator and Use Tax, new NTSC and Electrical plan view shapes, as well as significant improvements to the current Change Order capabilities.

FIBARO - Swipe

FIBARO SWIPE is the first control pad that allows users to control home automation devices through gestures without touching any devices or ever having to take out a smart phone or tablet.  By recognizing six simple gestures -- up, down, left, right, circle to the left, circle to the right – SWIPE uses Z-Wave wireless technology to perform home control activities like turning lights on/off, lowering and raising blinds, dimming and brightening lights, controlling music, running complete automated scenes and more. 

With no device contact required, there is no possible transfer of bacteria.  This makes FIBARO SWIPE an ideal and safe solution for homes with families, as well as schools, restaurant kitchens, businesses and many other applications.  SWIPE can also be completely invisible to the users and guests, as it is able to detect gestures through a variety of materials.  

Zigen Corporation - ZIG-BF - HDMI 2.0 - HDCP 2.2 Corrector & Advanced EDID Manager

The ZIG-BF is a 4K60 4:4:4 600MHz 18Gbps capable device built for system integrators to solve the problem of HDCP compatibility as new 4K UHD content comes to market. By supporting the max bandwidth and data transfer rate of the HDMI2.0 standard and by providing a path for HDCP 2.2 content to play on ANY 4K UHD display the ZIG-BF will save you time, money and the headache of explaining why the TV you sold to your customer doesn't work

Comelit - VIP Kit With WIFI /3G/4G Remote APP Only - 8513IM

The kit allows use of the video entry phone system via tablets and smartphones on the Wi-Fi network, or remotely on 3G (or higher) networks.  The gateway in the pack allows connection of a further 2 devices (Comelit VIP door entry monitors or PCs). In all cases, the gateway should be connected to an ASDL router or another device guaranteeing local Wi-Fi and mobile 3G connectivity. Depending on bandwidth limitations, the gateway can serve up to 16 appliances (including door entry monitors, smartphones, tablets and PCs) with 4 simultaneous door entry monitor streams. It also allows “intercom” communication between all of the 16 devices served.  For mobile devices, whenever both modes are available and enabled, the APP automatically switches connection, from Wi-Fi to 3G and vice versa.

iRoom - iBezel 

iRoom’s iBezel is an elegant solution for in-wall docking of Apple’s iPadtm in private homes, hotels, yachts, restaurants, hospitals, boardrooms, retail spaces and more.  iRoom exclusively features a patented motorized docking system that opens and closes the Dock to securely store the iPadTM.  With iBezel, an integrated keypad is located directly under the surface of the glass bezel. You decide which commands are assigned to the keypad. Select your function and set your quick access button. Through the intuitive iRoom app, programming & integration with the major control systems will be simple. iBezel will grant quick and easy access to your favorite functions such as; lighting, audio, video, home security, HVAC and much more with the touch of a button.

MuxLab - UltraHD 16x16 HDMI 2.0 4K60 Matrix

MuxLab Inc. is proud to show off their latest AV solution, the new 16x16 UltraHD 4K60 Matrix for HDMI 2.0. Imagine uncompressed 4K60 video distribution across all the zones in your own home. The Matrix supports external control (RS232, IR, IP, web) making it home automation friendly. Sporting a new modern look and a 7” touchscreen LCD display, this matrix switch makes sharing AV sources easy.  MuxLab Inc. is releasing seven new products at CEDIA.

Metra Home Theater Group - M3B Metra Multimedia Broadcast Systems

The M3B Systems which comes in two flavors, hardwired and wireless, enables integrators to install either a flexible multi-source video distribution system into any home using the existing coax and splitters or a point to point long distance wireless system.  The coax-based M3B System consists of receivers (RF RX), transmitters (RF TX) and a robust wireless system. This M3B System allows integrators to provide multiple sources to multiple displays at 1080p over common coax and splitters with easy setup and a simple source selection via any programmable remote, thus eliminating the need for a control system. Source selections are made by changing the input on the on the display side receiving unit. No networking skills are required for the installation. The RF TX transmitters make it simple to setup sources via provided channel selection buttons and include an LED channel display and 100-channel output selection. 

Current Audio - Mini4

The Mini4 is a 4 zone Multi Room Streaming Audio Controller. It is designed to mount into a structured wiring can but can easily be adapted to the back of a rack or included at the head end equipment location.  The Mini4 features 2 streaming media sources (Pandora and Tune In Radio) allows for 2 additional source inputs via RCA cables and these are controllable via IR through the FREE app. Our app is iOS or Android based. A easy addition to the system could be the Apple Airplay, by connecting this product to the Mini4 you open a additional source opportunity of Spotify, Rapsidy, IHeart Radio etc, basically anything you have loaded on you iOS device becomes a source to the Mini4. You can also play music through the Mini4 from any Android or iOS device.

Séura - Storm 84” Outdoor TV

Séura® StormTM combines technology and elegance to transform an ordinary outdoor space into an extraordinary entertainment venue. With 4K UHD picture clarity, the new 84-inch Séura Storm is designed for use in non-direct sunlight, and offers 450-nit panel brightness with an anti-glare coating. All Séura outdoor TVs are built to thrive outside year-round, regardless of climate or conditions. With Séura’s Triple Lock Seal for extra protection, a durable, powder-coated metal exterior, tempered safety glass, and a unique thermal-control system, Séura Outdoor TVs are tested and certified to provide high-quality entertainment in rain or shine, and even snow.


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