The iPad has become a very popular device when it comes to automation control. iRoom has released a docking station with a control keypad called the iTop that allows easier functionality when using an iPad as an automation device.
iRoom’s iTop is equipped with an adjustable connector that charges any iPad with the lightning port whether it’s an iPad Pro, iPad Air or any generation of iPad mini.
The attractive aluminium base combined with the sleek glass bezel will convince customers of its luxury appeal. iTop is suitable for residential, commercial and boardroom applications.
Six backlit, customisable Quick Keys on the glass faceplate can be assigned IP control commands in order to give the user immediate access to audio, video and electronic devices through the home or corporate IP network. This adds convenience to a control environment by providing immediate access to often used functions such as lights, blinds, source select or volume control without the hassle of unlocking the iPad screen, opening the control app and finding the right control.
The optional iO83 8-port high voltage power relay module allows for control of devices that don’t have an IP control interface such as lights or blinds. iO83 connects to iTop via LAN or WiFi. This makes iTop a complete stand-alone control device by using its open system architecture to control any IP addressable client while also being able to control electronic devices via the relay module. The Quick Keys can be easily programmed, using iRoom’s iOS configuration app.
iTop includes a PoE+ Injector for convenience and value. A single cat cable powers iTop and gives it control connectivity at the same time.
In order to customise the Quick Keys, iRoom includes 130 pre-printed icons for all common control functions. This makes the keypad intuitive and easy to operate.
For more complex control scenarios iTop can be integrated with all major third-party control systems such as Crestron, AMX, Savant, Control 4, RTI, Key Digital and more. iRoom provides free drivers that enable the iTop Quick Keys to trigger control functions or control macros that are already programmed with these third-party control systems. When the iPad is used as a control device for the third-party control system iTop becomes the ultimate control interface by housing the iPad with its control GUI and providing Quick Keys directly next to the iPad for the most commonly used control functions.
“It’s of course very important that we can integrate with the major automation platforms, however we are very excited about iTop’s ability to create a control network of its own, which we feel opens up a whole new affordable route for smaller scale apartments, board and meeting rooms and home theatres,” says iRoom chief executive Marc Hofer.
“Basically it changes the product from a very nice iPad accessory, to an essential part of the control network.”
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