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URC Adds HEOS and CasaTunes Two-Way Control Drivers

The new drivers join the list of compatible third-party products including those from Lutron, SONOS, Honeywell, Aqua-Link, Lilin, and more.

URC has made available new two-way control modules (drivers) to extend integration of Total Control whole-house home automation systems to two multi-room audio sources, Denon HEOS and CasaTunes. The new modules provide control features normally expected and extensions beyond. URC reveals that more two-way modules are under development in-house and due to be released very soon. URC already provides drivers for a variety of third-party products including those from Lutron, SONOS, Honeywell, Aqua-Link, Lilin, and more.

“Two of the biggest names in whole-house music are now fully integrated into Total Control,” said Cat Toomey, director of marketing at URC. “Coupled with the recent addition of Autonomic, Fusion Research, and our own Sonos module means Total Control gives dealers more streaming music options than ever.”

Total Control by URC delivers whole-house home automation with the aim of ease and efficiency. Fully scalable, users can begin with a modest, yet feature-rich system like the MRX-8 controller and new TRC-820 interface and continue to add features as their needs expand. Home theater, AV components, lighting, HVAC, and security cameras are just a few of the items that can be integrated into a Total Control system.

The URC-developed HEOS two-way module (driver) enables browse and play of HEOS supported music services and allows users to manage the queue of the HEOS player, manage grouping of players, observe “now playing” status with metadata, and provide two-way control of all transport controls, volume/mute, queue control, playlist control, and more.

The CasaTunes two-way control module (driver) allows users to browse, search for artist, album, or song in current music service or across all services, etc., plus provides the ability to send multiple streams of music from iOS devices to CasaTunes and dozens of other exciting features including triggering macros with device events.

“Developing free two-way modules in-house—as we have done with the HEOS module—gives us greater quality control and sustainability, and empowers more nimble reactions to our dealers’ and consumers’ requests,” said Toomey.

URC has approximately 100 two-way modules that expand the reach and function of the Total Control whole-house home automation system. “Development of two-way modules is an ongoing journey, not a destination, so you’ll be hearing us call out many more in the very near future,” Toomey said.