SI now accepting orders for new Zigbee 3.0 smart shade and screen solutions; products roll into production, March 3, 2020.
AUSTIN, TX (January 16, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer and supplier of design-forward optical screen and shade materials, will introduce products enabled with Zigbee 3.0, the latest iteration of the Zigbee wireless communications protocol which is broadly recognized as the new global wireless standard. Zigbee 3.0 turns SI’s motorized shades and screens into communications powerhouses, enabling them to seamlessly interoperate with a wide range of other devices that adhere to the protocol, including popular brands of lighting, voice control, and automation systems, from companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Google. These corporations, along with the Zigbee Alliance, recently formed a working group, the Connected Home over IP (CHIP), to foster the universal adoption of the standard by leading smart home manufacturers. SI is actively participating in the CHIP working groups to help deliver an open, inclusive communications standard for the entire smart home industry.
“Zigbee 3.0 leverages the functionality, reliability and versatility of our designer-oriented portfolio,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “With the addition of this global wireless standard, our products can be easily integrated into a complete communications ecosystem, choreographed to operate in sync with other Zigbee 3.0 products, and enabling a variety of control devices to manage, monitor, and automate products on the network.”
Strengthening the Mesh Network
Based on a dynamic mesh topology, the Zigbee 3.0 ecosystem becomes stronger and more resilient as the number of devices on the network expands. SI’s initial North American rollout of Zigbee 3.0 includes its ultra-compact line of Nano indoor shades and Solo screens, others will be added in time. SI has also built the protocol into a number of edge routers to leverage the strength of communications across networked products. Designed for plug-and-play installation, the edge routers can be easily and affordably added to the network.
Zigbee 3.0 Enhances Operation of Screens and Shades
Differing from traditional two-way RF systems, Zigbee 3.0 is self-healing, has 128-bit encryption, and operates 25 times faster than current technologies. Combined, this creates the most robust and secure ecosystem available. Zigbee 3.0 also allows SI products to uniquely communicate over multiple frequencies, which minimizes signal interference for enhanced system reliability.
An in-depth explanation of Zigbee 3.0 and mesh network protocols are available in this video.
Cloud-based Diagnostics and Programming Saves Time and Money
Integrators can easily configure, manage, and service SI’s Zigbee-based solutions via the cloud. All setup is pre-programmed by SI and delivered to the Zigbee 3.0 products via the cloud. Access to important information, including battery level, service indicator, and programming are now accessible 24/7, and the entire system is 100% backed up and restorable. These features, combined with SI’s patent-pending Flow shade configuration and design software and screen builder software, save dealers time and money.
Zigbee 3.0 Availability
“The availability of Zigbee 3.0 solutions enhances our extensive lineup of innovative motorized screen and shading solutions including lithium-rechargeable motors, the world’s smallest cassettes, and customizable powder coat colors,” says Michael Braithwaite, CTO at SI.
SI is now accepting Zigbee 3.0 orders from authorized dealers, with orders going into production on March 3, 2020.
Interested dealers are invited to learn more about Zigbee 3.0 by visiting Stand 1-N80 during ISE and by attending regional training sessions and online webinars, which can be scheduled by going to https://www.screeninnovations.com/become-a-dealer.
For more information about SI, please visit www.screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and Twitter @SIScreens.
About Screen Innovations
Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shades for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses.
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