NuVo Adds New Life-ware Integration

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Hebron, KY -- NuVo Technologies, an innovator in the engineering, manufacture and design of multi-room audio systems, today announced unprecedented integration with Life|ware home automation and entertainment software.

NuVo Grand Concerto multi-room audio Control Pads now can also control Life-ware home automation scenes. Through these NuVo Control Pads, users not only can enjoy NuVo’s audio, but also can access Life-ware for control of lighting, shades, climate, security, and more. In addition, users can now access PC music libraries designated as Media Player Hosts on a Life|ware network through Grand Concerto Control Pads.

This high level of NuVo-Life-ware integration is made possible through Life-ware’s Visual Project configuration tool and NuVo’s new NuVoNet Adapter (NV-NNA), a tiny device that opens up its products to extensive integration with third-party home automation systems. The NV-NNA, which begins shipping today, bridges the NuVoNet network with the Life|ware network in a home. It is available to custom installers for a list price of $399. NuVo Grand Concerto Control Pad support through NV-NNA is provided by Life-ware 2.0.4, the latest version of the software.

By using one Grand Concerto Control Pad in a given room to access both NuVo audio and Life-ware home automation functions, installers no longer need to specify multiple touch panels and controllers for each room. The result is both a tremendous value and a cleaner architectural solution for the consumer and the custom installer.

“Today, NuVo and Life-ware have come together to address the dreaded issue of ‘wall acne’ in custom installations,” said David Rodarte, NuVo’s president and chief operating officer. “Through our new NV-NNA, NuVo dealers now can provide a wide range of new services for their clients, most notably by fully merging control of multi-room audio with control of home automation and entertainment systems like the outstanding Life|ware system.”

The announcement reinforces Life-ware’s open-platform philosophy, which allows its dealers to work with best-of-breed partner systems such as NuVo’s, as opposed to locking them in to single-vendor architectures.

“By taking existing hardware like the Grand Concerto Control Pad and extending its capabilities through integration tools like Visual Project and NV-NNA, Life-ware and NuVo are creating a cleaner, more intuitive homeowner experience,” said Steve Cashman, chief strategy officer of Life-ware. “We couldn’t be happier to partner with NuVo on this project. They are one of the industry leaders in multi-room audio control, marketing innovative products and backing them up with technology that delivers on that promise."

Life|ware compatibility via the NV-NNA with NuVo’s Essentia E6G Control Pads is currently under development.