With both wired and wireless options available, products in the RS 485 Range can be used to manage all Somfy applications in a home automation environment. Items in the range include the RS 485 RTS Transmitter (pictured), which enables wireless control of Somfy powered blinds, curtains, screens and lifts.
Capable of interfacing with major third-party control systems such as Crestron, AMX and Control 4, the unit is designed for easy installation and commissioning. It can manage up to 16 groups of Somfy RTS motorised products (curtains, Venetian blinds, roller shades, etc) individually or as a group. The unit has five dry contact input ports as an additional control option.
Elsewhere in the range, the Somfy RS 485 4ILT interface can control up to four Somfy ILT motors and provide bidirectional communication for perfect alignment and exact blind positioning. The RS 485 ILT interface is also compatible with all universal infrared remote controls, can control motors individually and has the option to create eight different scenes.
Set for launch later this year, the Sonesse 30 RS 485 quiet drive motor will power a host of interior blind and screen applications. Key features will include bidirectional serial communication with third-party control systems via RS 485 and the ability to provide 16 intermediate positions.
"The launch of 485 RTS Transmitter should make Somfy products the first choice for custom installers looking for competitively priced motorised blinds and screens," said Charlotte Townend, market manager at Somfy. "The ability to integrate Somfy powered solutions with third-party control systems is a great feature that will be welcomed by custom installers, and by those looking to fully exploit the potential for motorisation. Our wide range of solutions will deliver an installation offering high functionality for the client that is feature-rich with in-built reliability and high performance."