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Screen Innovations Debuts Fontus at ISE 2020

Enables two-way power and control over two-conductor wire.

At ISE 2020 stand #1-N80, Screen Innovations (SI) will introduce a new “problem solving” product that enables new low-voltage motorized screens to be powered and controlled via any type of traditional two-conductor wiring. SI’s Fontus allows integrators to utilize wire that may already exist inside a building or home to connect screens to a modern control system.

Screen Innovations Fontus

With Fontus, an integrator can make a two-conductor wire perform 485 communication as if it were an eight-conductor wire. As long as there is a two-conductor wire available near the screen location, Fontus, a dongle that plugs into SI’s new Janus power and control hub, converts low-voltage communications signals and power from a five-conductor system for distribution over two-conductor wire. The signal is decoded for reception at the screen location via a second Fontus dongle with no loss of signal.

“No matter what type of wire is available at the project — old coax from a wall-mounted display, speaker wire, or even Romex, Fontus is able to utilize it to deliver power and communications signals from our Janus five-conductor control hub,” says Michael Braithwaite, CTO of SI. “Full two-way control and power are maintained using our advanced BCP encoding and decoding protocol, giving integrators a proven solution for uniting old and new technologies.”

Fontus can also be used to enable basic control of screens over two-conductor wire through dry and wet contact closures. For example, when a door opens or a projector is activated, a contact closure or 12-volt trigger can signal a motorized screen to deploy. “Scenarios like these often require the addition of a control system,” says Braithwaite. “Fontus enables automation all on its own, with no extra equipment required.”

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