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Legrand’s Arteor range, which encompasses simple switches, to the most advanced home automation systems, includes fan controllers, thermostats, electric roller blinds and shutter controllers, as well as curtain switches.
Distributed by HFX Systems, the new RTi KX7 in-wall touch-panel provides complete control of entertainment, environment and security systems in any residential or commercial installation.
The new Accident & Emergency unit at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth replaced the existing Casualty unit at the hospital. It was designed and built when, as a host city for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, Port Elizabeth was required to have an Accident & Emergency (A&E) unit to meet specific standards for the tournament.
In many buildings that have been refurbished over time or where extensions have been added, new plumbing solutions are often introduced – and this usually also means additions or complex reroutes to installed lines that were approved in the original plans. When it comes to leak detection, contractors may well be challenged to find the leak amid a confusing array of new lines and unused pipes and cabling. However, according to SA Leak Detection Distributors, with advanced technology detecting leaks or locating lines need no longer be complex problems for trained contractors.
The NCS Colour Centre, the South African agency for the international Natural Color System®, has introduced a new one-day training course in Advanced Colour Design. This builds on the Basic NCS Use of Colour in Architecture course. It looks in-depth at the use of colour in design and architecture, the interaction of colours and how designers work with colour design. It addresses colour groups and colour combinations for interior and exterior use. The Advanced Colour Design course has been assessed by the South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID) and validated as a Category 1 CPD (continuing professional development) activity carrying 2 CPD credits.
The new range of Arteor electrical systems and fittings from Legrand includes technologically advanced options designed especially for the hotel environment. National sales manager for Legrand SA, Timothy Mountjoy, says, “These systems are designed for the comfort and convenience of guests – in communal areas of the establishment and in each hotel room.
CEDIA is the abbreviation for the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association. CEDIA is the international trade organization for the home electronic system industry. CEDIA members specialise in the planning, design, supply and installation of automated electronic systems for the modern, intelligent home. They can install anything from multiroom audio and home cinema to complete home networks and sub-systems that intelligently control lighting, security, HVAC, and even garden facilities, from lighting to watering.
The new Arteor range of wiring devices from Legrand extends from simple switches to advanced integrated home automation systems. Timothy Mountjoy, national sales manager at Legrand, says, “Although these standalone devices and home automation control functions have a similar design, Arteor home automation devices provide even more technological features for modern living.
Simple Switch from Radiant Lighting and Electrical is designed to replace the traditional light switch, offering easy and affordable automated lighting control in the home or office. Valerie Poyurs, director of marketing at Radiant, says, “By connecting a Simple Switch receiver to any light circuit you now have the ability, at the touch of a button, to control that circuit from anywhere in your home or office with a wireless handheld remote. The wireless Simple Switch plates can be placed wherever is convenient and the buttons linked to control one or as many lights as required.”
Wintec Solutions supplies the innovative solargorilla and solarmonkey portable solar panels which provide users with a mobile, photovoltaic power source – ideal for people working on remote construction sites, or sites that are not connected to the electrical grid. Both compact kits, the solargorilla can be used to power notebook computers and most handheld technology devices while the smaller solarmonkey is designed primarily to recharge cellphones.
Founded in 1998, Artcoustic is world renowned for its range of high performance, wall mounted speakers that feature interchangeable screens – with a wide selection of fabrics and decorative prints to suit almost any interior. The Artcoustic product range has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking designs and it is sold worldwide.
At the same time as we are faced with the heightened awareness of our own responsibilities regarding our impact on the environment, technology has surged forward in every area of life, creating a greater reliance on gadgets like HDTV and iPhones. Some people and organisations are harnessing digital technology as a means to minimise their environmental impact and reduce their carbon footprint through intelligent building management, sometimes referred to as ‘home automation’. In this effort KNX leads the way.