Bang & Olufsen cuts complexity for connectivity4 February 2014
BeoLink Gateway connective technology that seamlessly integrates home automation with quality audio and video, as well as BeoSystem 4, a powerful new video engine offering an integrated surround sound module, are debuting on the stand of first-time exhibitor Bang & Olufsen.
The BeoLink Gateway allows one remote, tablet or screen to control everything in the automated home – including Bang & Olufsen’s own TVs and audio equipment as well as hundreds of third-party devices. You can also connect up to four devices directly to BeoSystem 4.
For installation, master and network links connect to Bang & Olufsen’s own BeoLink ecosystem, while ethernet and USB ports connect to third-party control systems and devices.
The hidden power behind the scenes is the Real-Time Configuration tool. An HTML5-powered platform-independent UI allows installers to simply choose which devices they want to integrate – without worrying about all of the coding. For example, a Flick-and-Capture feature lets installers turn on the lamp (or curtains, coffee machine) that they want to integrate in a macro or scene, and program it into the automation sequence live, with no waiting or coding, while a colleague is working on programming another room or zone.
“Custom installers are building and retrofitting increasingly complex systems,” said B&O category manager Brian Bjørn Hansen. “Our new BeoLink Gateway is perfectly positioned to tame the complexity and make home automation as simple as it is seamless.”
In essence a Bang & Olufsen high-definition smart TV without the screen, BeoSystem 4 was designed for customised cinema setups with central installation and advanced sound configurations to any screen in the home.
It offers 2D and 3D, a wide range of HDMI inputs, access to Bang & Olufsen Smart TV, hybrid broadband TV (HbbTV), DLNA capability, multiple picture formats including CINEMASCOPE A and B for projectors, VisionClear picture technologies and dedicated picture modes for film and gaming.
An integrated surround sound module offers 400% more processing power than previous generations, while a digital sound decoder orchestrates up to 12 channels in full surround. It also features TrueImage to dynamically handle up- and downmixing of audio signals to match the incoming signal and a DSP algorithm that switches seamlessly between dedicated sound modes.