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Screen Innovations Introduces Zigbee 3.0 Mesh Controller and Edge Router

Designed for easier installation and control of motorized shades.

Screen Innovations (SI) has introduced two new products enabled with Zigbee 3.0 technology, the latest iteration of the Zigbee wireless communications protocol. The Zigbee 3.0 Link Pro Z Mesh Controller and Zigbee 3.0 Smart Outlet join SI’s previously introduced Zigbee 3.0-enabled line of ultra-compact Nano indoor shades and improved Smart Plug to create a complete communications ecosystem that seamlessly interoperates with a wide range of Zigbee 3.0-compliant third-party devices and systems, including automation systems from Crestron, Control4, Savant, Elan, and others. Additionally, SI’s new Zigbee 3.0 devices enable the control of Zigbee 3.0 and RTS shades (Radio Technology Somfy) via the Somfy TaHoma app on any smartphone or tablet, as well as voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and soon

Based on a dynamic mesh topology, a Zigbee 3.0 ecosystem becomes stronger and more resilient as the number of devices on the network expands. The addition of the Link Pro Z and Smart Outlet leverages the performance of SI’s Zigbee-based platform while providing dealers with a solution that’s easy to install, configure, and manage. Along with SI’s other Zigbee 3.0 devices, these new products can be pre-programmed by SI via the cloud, saving dealers time and money. After the devices are installed, access to important information, including battery level, service indicator, and programming are accessible 24/7, and the entire system is 100 percent backed up and restorable.

According to SI, as the world’s first and only professional Zigbee 3.0 mesh controller powered by PoE, the Link Pro Z affords integrators a simple way to integrate SI shades with other Zigbee 3.0 smart devices and systems. Able to be mounted to the ceiling for an inconspicuous installation with optional flush mounting kit, it controls up to 72 Zigbee 3.0 nodes and an unlimited number of SI shades that utilize the Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) control platform. Shades can be fully automated with advanced scene, grouping, and scheduling in both residential and commercial environments. For large projects, additional Link Pro Z units can be added via PoE.

The Zigbee 3.0 Smart Outlet functions as an edge router and control point. Any device such as a lamp or fan that plugs joins a Zigbee 3.0 communications platform, enabling it to be controlled and automated via voice, TaHoma app, and third-party control system. At the same time, the Smart Outlet strengthens a Zigbee 3.0 mesh network by efficiently routing signals to and from other Zigbee 3.0 nodes. Because signals are transmitted more efficiently, the Smart Outlet extends the battery life of Zigbee 3.0 shades and other equipment. Its tamper-resistant, duplex design allows one device to plug in for Zigbee 3.0 connectivity and another to only derive power. A built-in on/off button permits manual control of the Zigbee device and an LED can be turned on manually to allow the outlet to serve as a nightlight.

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