If you’ve been waiting for URC to begin shipping its much-heralded Total Control line of home automation products, then expect to wait just a little longer. According to marketing director Jon Sienkewicz the company has completed the “alpha” stage of testing on the line and will begin beta testing next week.
The reason for the delayed ship date is that company really wants to get the line right the first time and found a couple things to change already during alpha testing.
According to Sienkewicz, the company has decided to recast the line’s high-end remote in the same mold as the MX-5000, one of its most popular and successful remotes. That form factor offers it a bigger LCD and the haptic feedback that vibrates to let an end-user know that their button push has been made. The company will be calling the high-end Total Control remote, the TRC 1280, which also inspired the renaming the MS 780 to the TRC 780.
In turn, URC is changing its KP 4000 remote to accommodate interchangeable buttons for the commercial market, and has decided that it will not be part of Total Control line due to the success that the 6000, 5000, and 4000 have already experienced through direct dealers and the distribution channel. Total Control will be available only through direct dealers, and the company did not want to exclude its popular remotes from distribution-only integrators.
The rollout of the Total Control line enables URC to now offer solutions that deliver whole-house audio, lighting, climate control, and IP-based surveillance.