URC’s Total Control: A Move Beyond the Single Room
URC will begin to ship on May 13 the first SKUs in its new Total Control line – a “native to the network” whole-home control and audio product suite developed from the ground up over a three-year span, as described in a daylong preview seminar at the company’s Harrison, N.Y. headquarters.
The company’s founder and CEO, Chang K. Park, said he began thinking in the mid-’90s, well into URC’s industry tenure as a producer of its own universal remote controls and as a major supplier to the cable and satellite industry of remotes, that “someday, control will be a forethought rather than an afterthought. We felt it was important to move from one-room solutions to controlling the whole home, with the guiding principle that it be easy for the installer to program and implement, but with great flexibility to be customized. And that’s where we are today.”
Due to the Total Control lineup’s modular nature, integrators can use various elements to build systems from a scalable platform small enough to manage a modest multi-zone AVR system but expandable in numerous configurations to address whole-home integration needs while keeping the construct simple for the integrator and easy for the end-user to navigate.