ETC expands Unison Echo family
Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
As energy use restrictions grow, consumers need more reliable, flexible and affordable power-control solutions for lighting systems. ETC developed the Unison Echo family of products to meet those demands and to enable complete integration of control systems.
With the addition of EchoAccess and the DMX Scene Controller – both of which are compatible with all currently shipping Echo hardware – users can configure and customise self contained systems, presets and zones while maintaining system wide control. Existing Echo products have also been updated in terms of capabilities and features in order to better meet energy codes, such as ASHRAE 90.1, CA Title 20/24 and IECC.
EchoAccess is ideal for those looking to utilise the full capabilities of the Echo lighting system. Consisting of a Bluetooth interface and a mobile app, EchoAccess allows you to remotely configure and control lighting zones, presets and colour with Android or iOS devices.
“EchoAccess unlocks configuration of your Echo system, allowing for complete customisation,” explains ETC architectural controls product manager Lowell Olcott. “It also supports varying levels of system access with password protection, ensuring that only authorised users can configure system functionality and other system attributes.”
Another powerful addition to the Echo family, the DMX Scene Controller uses snapshot technology to capture lighting looks and save them for recall by Inspire stations, simplifying customisation and control of individual zones and fixtures. Combined with EchoAccess, the DMX Scene Controller allows for lighting hue, saturation and colour to be modified locally or remotely.
“With remote capabilities on your smartphone or tablet, you can control your lights from anywhere in your space,” continues Olcott. “This allows for local control of a system with devices that people use every day.”
Together, EchoAccess and the DMX Scene Controller create completely integrated lighting systems with self contained controls that can be part of a larger system. This makes them suitable for schools, college campuses, office buildings, sports facilities, arenas and other installations that need a flexible, customisable and user friendly lighting system.
Also coming soon to the Echo product family is the Echo Expansion Bridge. “The capability of the Echo Expansion Bridge allows you to tie small, discrete Echo systems into a complete control system, so you can monitor and control lighting on a campus wide level, while maintaining local control within smaller spaces,” explains architectural market manager Bryan Palmer.