NuVo Bows Site Analysis Tool for Renovia
The Renovia power line carrier (PLC)-based whole-home audio system is in its beta-program stage through the end of July, but integrators are getting a gift of advance support from NuVo Technologies in the form of a tool that David Rodarte, company president, says will go a long way in “helping our integrators be confident, well-trained, educated and able to do a reliable installation” when Renovia formally ships in the fourth quarter.
“The key,” says Rodarte, “is that everything has got to be connected properly – otherwise, there’s a very unhappy customer.” To ensure that is the case, NuVo has devised a testing tool – the NuVo Site Analysis Tool (NV-RVSAT) – so that custom crews can confirm in advance of the Renovia install that there are no anomalies – for example, high amounts of unusual noise over the electrical lines, or the ill effects of power bars which can sometimes short the delivery of the audio signal – that could degrade signal transmission when the installation is actually done.
“The greatest analogy for this product is a CAT5 tester,” he adds. “A good installer does not do an installation without checking all the terminations by plugging in a very simple device to make sure all the connections are proper. When you’ve got a lot of zones, one wire out of many with a problem could affect the whole system.”