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HAI and Russound Improve Integration

HAI and Russound team up to improve integration support, making the Sphere E-Series, C-Series and Russound’s family of RNET controllers available on HAI’s IP-Based OmniTouch Touchscreens

HAI and Russound will demonstrate the OmniTouch 5.7e and OmniTouch 10p in Booth 743 and Booth 817 at the CEDIA EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia on September 11-13, 2009.

Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), leading manufacturer of integrated security and home automation products since 1985, announced that the OmniTouch 5.7e (53A00-2) and OmniTouch 10p (67A00-1) Touchscreens now feature a newly designed user interface to fully integrate with Russound’s high end E-Series products offered through the Sphere Program, C-Series and family of RNET Controllers. Additionally, audio command functionality has been added.

HAI’s OmniTouch 5.7e and 10p Touchscreens facilitate control of lights, temperature, security, audio/video, and more. The IP-Based OmniTouch Touchscreens can be fully customized using HAI Automation Studio (1126) customization software, including the addition of floor plans and custom images, as well as foreign language support. They also have the ability to view supported IP cameras and control of entertainment components from an HAI Touchscreen.

Integrating Russound and HAI gives homeowners the ability to select and distribute music from any audio source to different rooms in the house – simulatenousely and independently. The HAI IP-Based Touchscreens can control on/off, volume, muting, transports, audio source, and many other functions for each zone. Additionally, custom audio icons can be set up on Touchscreens such as “Play Favorite Music” that turns on specific zones and adjusts volume to pre-determined levels.

The IP-Based Touchscreens integrated with Russound now display new buttons and new configurations, as well as a simulated LCD screen. Depending upon which Russound system is being used, the IP-Based Touchscreens can display up to four lines of metadata. This includes artist, title, track, album, and playlist; the equipment source and zone are displayed in the simulated LCD screen. The design and colors of the interface can be customized using HAI’s Automation Studio.

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The integration is as simple as connection via serial port. The controller automatically recognizes that the Russound system is connected, and the appropriate screens are visible on the Touchscreens.

“HAI worked closely with Russound to develop the new screens and functionality,” explains HAI Embedded Systems Engineer, Aaron Ard. “The ability for the dealer to customize any aspect of the interface if desired is a fantastic feature as well.”

“Integration partnerships with companies like HAI are very important to Russound,” said Petro Shimonishi, VP of New Business Development. “This new functionality that we’ve developed with HAI will make our joint dealers very happy by saving them crucial programming time and delivering a higher level of functionality to their customer.”

High resolution photo of HAI’s OmniTouch 5.7e Touchscreen showing Russound’s new audio interface, please: click here.

About HAI
HAI (Home Automation, Inc.) is a privately held manufacturer of integrated automation and security products for residential and commercial use based in New Orleans, LA. Incorporated in 1985, HAI has developed a full line of award-winning automation products, including home control systems, programmable communicating thermostats, smart light switches, Whole Home Audio systems, video surveillance equipment, Touchscreen interfaces, and software that allows access and control of an automation system over the Internet. All products are sold through HAI’s worldwide network of Distribution Partners and installed by trained dealers in over 80 countries.

About Russound
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., Russound, the #1 brand in multiroom audio*, offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. With more than 40 years experience, Russound continues to cater to installation professionals and their customers by pairing powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high-performance, easy-to-use solutions.

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