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Networking+Home Control
SECURITY | LIGHTING/SHADING | ENERGY MANAGEMENT | AMENITIES
Hunter Douglas
Unleashes
PowerView Gen 3
Shade Controls
The company says its new product line
brings simplicity, reliability and system
scalability to the motorized shade
market. By CE Pro Editors
DON'T BE MISLED by the
name for Hunter Douglas'
PowerView Gen 3 line of
shade controls - the new
line is much more than just
the next generation, it's a
completely revamped and
rebuilt system built on a
different communication
protocol.
The Pearl River, N.Y.-based
manufacturer says PowerView
Gen 3 makes it easy for
professional integrators to
quote, specify and install its
motorized shade products,
eliminating the common pain
points integrators experience
when dealing with the shades
category.
" We've listened closely to
integrator feedback over the
past several years, and our
focus in creating the next
generation of PowerView
products remained clear
from the start: Provide the
design-forward approach
Hunter Douglas is known
for, with reliable technology
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that can be executed and
integrated with ease, " says
Scott Stephenson, director
of product, motorization at
Hunter Douglas.
" PowerView Gen 3
Automation is precisely engineered
to break down the
barriers and reduce the learning
curve associated with
specifying smart shades. "
The result is a thoughtfully
designed system that
is as simple to use as it is
to install; scalable for any
size project or budget; and
reliable for any application or
shading type whether that is
custom draperies, oversized
verticals, or ever-popular
cellular shades. The Hunter
Douglas shading portfolio
and PowerView Gen 3
provide custom integrators
a distinct solution that they
can build their business upon,
while complementing their
existing lighting, entertainment,
and control offerings. "
The original PowerView
Hunter Douglas says its new Gateway Hub enables
advanced control capabilities whether someone is controlling
a single shade or house full of products.
automation platform debuted
back 2015 and Gen 2
was an evolution of upgrades
that came out in2017.
" Gen 3 is revolutionary,
not evolutionary, " says Stephenson,
who notes it has
been in development since
2018. The biggest change is
the communications platform
itself. The original PowerView
and Gen 2 were both built
on a proprietary RF protocol.
PowerView Gen 3 is built on
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
The new BLE communications
technologies provides
an increased operating range
and improved reliability with
features such as real-time,
two-way communications.
Hunter Douglas emphasizes
the BLE protocol streamlines
the installation process
regardless of whether
integrators are installing a
single shade or whole-house
shade systems. Moreover,
BLE means more efficient use
of battery power.
The system was beta
tested by more than 200
integrators in the field, and
according to Stephenson
90%+ of the integrators
reported the new Gen 3 was
more intuitive and quicker
to set up. He says a typical
three-room, 10-shade setup
that would have taken a
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