Digital Shuffle: February 2011
Lutron Turns On All of the Lights
When lighting control manufacturer Lutron Electronics re-launched its website, the company conducted customer interviews and considered experiences for user groups ranging from homeowners to interior designers to electrical contractors. The result is an intuitive and very visually-invested website that features idea galleries and case studies cross-referenced by product and vertical market, among others. One section in particular takes Web visitors through a graphics- and animation-rich home tour. The ability to “visit” different rooms and watch lighting simulations helps visitors visualize the customizable control features that particular Lutron products offer in different areas of a residence. Take the Whole Home Tour under the Experience Light Control tab at www.lutron.com.
New Year, New Vlog
PSA Security Network, an electronic security cooperative representing security system integrators, closed 2010 with the introduction of its new weekly video e-newsletter, the G2 Report. In the videos released thus far, PSA chief executive officer Bill Bozeman gives his take in under two minutes on a particular topic, such as the challenges integrators will face in the coming year or how IT integrator and electrical contractor businesses affect physical security integrators. The brief video blogs provide to-the-point insider information and observations derived from a nationwide network of integrators and vendors. You can watch the G2 Report on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/psasecuritynetwork.
New Apps Leverage Added Functionality
Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products launched an NVR and DVR mobile viewer app for iOS, compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The app features live viewing of video, Internet or LAN connectivity, and single or four-camera split screen viewing.
Napco’s newly released versions of the MyRemoteKeypad apps allow users real time access to the Gemini security keypads and the same full functionality they have on their device keypads via iPhone, BlackBerry® and Android® smartphones.