Busy ISE for Philips Pronto11 February 2010
The control solutions provider unveiled a host of new developments, including the latest generation PEP 2.4 software. The new ProntoEdit Professional software release is said to extend home integration and control possibilities, “cutting programming time and cost for dealers and dramatically improving the look and functionality of the Pronto control panel family”.
In particular, the new PEP 2.4 software offers enhanced UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)/DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatibility. According to Pronto, the UPnP/DLNA engine will accelerate the development of two-way integration modules between AV servers, players and control devices. Moreover, the UPnP discovery mechanism embedded within the software’s ProntoScript library will help the Pronto control panel to find IP devices on the network automatically.
These developments will also allow Pronto to integrate Sonos multi-room audio systems directly into a system without the need for special hardware, additional PCs or the use of a Sonos controller. Accordingly, new Sonos and TwonkyMedia pre-configured modules are available in ProntoScript.
On a busy and strikingly designed ISE stand, Philips Pronto also publicised the launch of the new iPort integration module, which is said to bring an improved interface experience when using iPort Dockings for iPod in conjunction with a Pronto control panel.
Dick Mol, Pronto’s senior product manager, commented: “Thanks to the iPort integration module, Pronto users will now be able to access their iPod music throughout the home. Using ProntoScript technology, the two-way feedback which iPort offers is being fully exploited, leading to another great Pronto user interface.”
Philips Pronto also displayed its complete range of TSU wireless touchpanels (pictured), comprising two wand-style control panels (TSU9300 and TSU9400) and two tablet-style panels (TSU9600 and TSU9800).