Ultamation News


Celebrating ten years in the business

This months signifies ten years since Ultamation was founded.

In 2007 few people had heard about Home Automation and the iPhone had only just been launched.  According to Forbes (2007) "As both digital television and cellular phones converge with the infinite content of the Internet, new forms of content navigation and device management become necessary. In the living room, remote controls are swiftly approaching an unmanageable array of buttons for various devices and on-screen menus so extensive that it can take an hour to get from channel 1 to channel 1001."

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A state of control: the interface is the system

AV Nation broadcast a regular podcast and video discussing the latest topics within the industry and bringing in experts to add their viewpoint.

This weeks edition sees our very own Oliver Hall starring in the debate about 'The interface is the system'.  The episodes usually talk about programming and code but this video is more about the creative side and how to create a high quality interface.

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A few words from our customers ...

It's always great to hear feedback from customers and even more satisfying when we've got it exactly right!

Occasionally we are asked to take over a job which another dealer has originally installed.  These can always be a bit tricky as people tend to approach things in different ways and often you're not able to have a conversation with the previous dealer to understand the decision they made.  Recently we've had one of these, and we'll be honest, we've had a few challenges!  However last week the client commented: "Nice one Boys. Thank you so much for all your painstaking efforts. I hope [Client] appreciates your commitment, I’m sure he will."

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Spotlight on Emmanuel

Five months ago Emmanuel Bustos took a leap of faith in moving to Liverpool from Argentina, via Italy, and coming to work for Ultamation.  As an experienced programmer, he has taken learning his third language (Spanish & Italian being his other two) in his stride.  Thoroughly enjoying the variety of projects and the ability to improve his skills in different areas, he has settled in well.  Some of the projects he is involved include;

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We sell hardware too!

Ultamation are known for their great modules, but did you also know that we sell hardware?  Well just one item in particular - the Ultamation UC-DMX-200.  This is an Ethernet to DMX control interface for DIN rail mounting applications and was our top seller on our website last week.

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Insider Spotlight on Oliver Hall

In the year that Ultamation celebrates being ten years old, rAVe Publications asked to feature our Managing Director, Oliver Hall in their AV Insider Spotlight feature.

Find out how Ultamation started, what he thinks is great about the industry and whether there is anything he would change, what apps make him more productive (This won’t sound cool – a pen and paper!), the cool jobs he's worked on and how he stays relevant.

Read the full article here.

 

 

Join the Voice Control debate

At Ultamation, we are constantly exploring the capabilities of the devices we work with, to exploit their features and make life easier and better for the end-customer.  To make the most of our Apple TV module, you can use the technology behind some of Crestron's products to use Voice Control for your Apple TVs.

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Hidden Wires Feature at ISE 2017

Next week sees the 14th edition of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) taking place at the RAI Amsterdam on 7-10 February 2017, is expected to attract more than 65,000 visitors to more than 1,100 exhibitors. Over the four days, the newly extended show floor will be home to a community of manufacturers, distributors, integrators, service providers and end-user.

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"Perfection"

We get a range of enquiries for our services, from people after a quick update of specific equipment, to a brand new bespoke system.  Towards the end of last year, we finished a project in a house which was undergoing significant refurbishment, and as part of this the customer wanted a new system, whilst still retaining specific pieces of equipment.  Ultamation worked with Intuitive Homes to design, plan and install the new system - which she felt was done "to perfection".

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CE Pro feature Ultamation's take on the TSW-X60

Oliver Hall, of Ultamation, has written another article for CE Pro Magazine, the leading trade publication for professionals involved in the custom electronics business.

Oliver talks about how TSW-X60 opens doors that previous touch panels didn't and how this has now enabled Ultamation's Lighting Visualiser to allow the user to adjust the lighting to create the perfect scene, without being in the room, or having to wait for night to fall.  He also talks about the other new features of the TSW-X60.

Click here to read the full article.