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Powershades to Introduce Power-Over-Ethernet Automated Window Shades at CEDIA

PoE motor promises to bring flexibility, ease of installation, and cost savings.

Powershades has introduced what the company is calling the industry’s first line of Power Over Ethernet (PoE) automated window shades. The official unveiling of this new PoE product will be made at CEDIA Expo 2019 at the Powershade booth (#3428).

These new automated window shades, powered by a PoE motor, bring increased flexibility, ease of installation, and potential cost savings to Powershades’s automated window coverings.

“PoE technology has already been bringing fast, convenient power to a number of other smart home products, including VoIP phones, IP cameras, and other automated devices,” says Jason Turner, Powershades president. “We felt that our customized, easy-to-operate, automated window treatments were a natural fit for utilizing the streamlined power of PoE technology.”

With the PoE version of Powershades’s automated shades, a single run of Cat5 cable provides both power and communication. The use of a single network cable means there is no proprietary hard wiring necessary. Also, since the new PoE motor is low voltage (under 50 V AC), it does not require the services of a licensed electrician or special certifications, reducing installation expense and time.

With power coming from a single, central source, more information can be transferred on the network cable while improving reliability over traditional RF solutions. These PoE shades are also flexible — additional sensors can be added to the motor to meet current and future customer needs.

Powershades’s new PoE automated window shades also include cloud connectivity for smartphone/tablet/PC control from anywhere in the world; the ability to develop and deploy groups, scenes and schedules across multiple facilities; limit setting; soft start and stop; favorite position setting; low power consumption; and more.

Customers will have the option of adding a PoE motor to any Powershades products. All window shades are fully customized, allowing customers to pick from a wide variety of fabrics, power options and styles, including roller, pleated, and honeycomb shades, horizontal blinds, and more.

Powershades’ PoE automated shades are compatible with a range of leading home and industrial automation systems, including Amazon Alexa, RTI, Google Home, SmartThings, Crestron, ELAN, Control4, and URC. Powershades’s PoE automated shades are custom designed and built to meet customer needs and specifications.

Visit Powershades at CEDIA 2019 in Booth #3428

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