AMX AND iPORT ANNOUNCE AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCT
FOR CONTROLLING THE APPLE iPOD FROM AMX CONTROL SYSTEMS
Consumers Now Can Access the World’s Most Popular MP3 Player via
AMX Touch Panels and Keypads for Whole-Home Audio Distribution
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. and RICHARDSON, Tex. — March 14, 2006 — AMX, a worldwide leader in advanced control system technology, and iPort, maker of the first in-wall iPod music system, today announced the availability of the AMX for iPort Duet Module, enabling system integrators to quickly and easily incorporate the popular Apple iPod into their customers’ AMX control systems. Using the iPod in-wall music system from iPort, users can listen to their favorite music and podcast content from anywhere in their home. Now with the new AMX for iPort Duet Module, they can use their AMX Modero Touch Panel(s) or Mio Modero DMS Pinnacle Keypad(s) to control their iPort system, allowing them to conveniently manage their iPod from multiple locations throughout the residence.
“The single most important feature of an integrated audio/video system is ease of use. The richly featured line of iPort products has become our essential link between the familiar fun of the iPod and the extreme flexibility of performance that AMX control interfaces bring our clients,” said AMX and iPort dealer Rich Green, President of Rich Green, Ink. “We have yet to find a client who says no to a chance to use their iPod as a source of music in their home. Without an AMX interface via iPort this treat would become a chore for us.”
Garnering 45 percent of the global market, the Apple iPod is the world’s best-selling portable digital audio player (hard drive or flash), according to analyst firm In-Stat. With
more than 42.2 million iPods sold since the players were introduced, it is no surprise that system integrators have been inundated
with requests from customers wanting to incorporate these portable devices into their residential control systems.
“The new AMX for iPort Duet Module reflects our commitment to enable quick and easy integration of a wide-range of electronic devices from other manufacturers into the AMX control system for the highest level of flexibility and functionality,” said Robert Noble, vice president of product management, AMX. “And because AMX is delivering the same interface experience on our touch panels and keypads that consumers are already accustomed to on their iPod, we’ve completely eliminated the learning curve. Once the iPort music system is integrated into the AMX control system, end users can immediately browse content however they prefer — whether it be by song, artist, album or playlist.”
AMX’s Duet modules combine the proven reliability and power of NetLinx with the extensive capabilities of the Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) platform. When integrating a Duet-enabled iPort device into an AMX NetLinx system using the new module, the Duet software will automatically recognize the iPort, which significantly reduces installation time for system integrators.
“The availability of the AMX for iPort module demonstrates our continuing commitment to non-proprietary, open architecture design, so that the iPort can integrate across the widest range of home entertainment systems,” said Steve Crawford, chief marketing officer, iPort.
The AMX for iPort Duet Module is available today at no charge to authorized AMX dealers via the AMX Website (www.amx.com), as well as to iPort dealers via the iPort Website (www.iportmusic.com).
Founded in 1982, AMX, a subsidiary of Duchossois Industries, Inc., is a worldwide leader in advanced control and automation technology for commercial and residential markets. AMX products enable users to centrally manage and control a variety of audio/video, environmental and communications technologies. Customers also leverage the company’s advanced hardware and software platforms to store and distribute digital content, as well as to manage a selection of resources and services. By centralizing the management and control of these devices, AMX customers experience simplicity, efficiency and productivity in any environment. AMX delivers these benefits by working with leading manufacturers, dealers and distributors to integrate its products into vertical market installations around the world. It’s your world. Take control. For more information about AMX, visit www.amx.com.
iPort, maker of the first in-wall music system for iPod, provides freedom from the constraints of headphones. iPort makes it possible to easily share music and photos through any home stereo or entertainment system. Using innovative technology and unique design iPort is committed to producing products that are stylish, inventive, and as simple to use as the iPod.
For more information, contact iPort at 212 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, CA 92672, call 949-492-7777, or go to www.iportmusic.com.
iPort is the innovation of Scott Struthers, co-founder of Sonance, developer of the first high fidelity in-wall speaker, and a founding member of CEDIA.