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October 18, 2012
Vantage Equinox 4 LCD Keypad Now Ready For Pre-order

 

Vantage Equinox 4 LCD Keypad

Now Ready For Pre-order

Post-CEDIA Demand Warrants Pre-order Program For First In Equinox Series, Epitomizing Simple, User-Friendly Control Experience

 

 

 

OREM, UT, October 18, 2012 – Following a surge in demand for the first model in its upcoming line of LCD Keypads that epitomize the ultimate luxury space User Experience, Vantage, the leader in home lighting, audio and home theater control systems, announced that beginning today, the Equinox 4 keypad is available for pre-order, with shipping scheduled for November 19, 2012.

 

“In all my years with Vantage, I have never seen an introduction generate as much excitement as the Equinox line,” said “Andrew Wale, Vantage Controls’ Vice President of Marketing. “Since we un-veiled Equinox 4 at CEDIA, our dealers have been relentless in their demand for this product. Ultimately we decided that it was only fair to allow them to cue up, so to speak, by offering an opportunity to pre-order the Equinox 4 so it will be ready for their clients as soon as it arrives in 5 weeks.”

 

 

Equinox 4 (SRP: $550) is a single-gang LCD keypad that combines the advantages of a full-sized touchscreen and the simplicity of a multi-gang keypad with the drawbacks of neither, presenting users with a beautiful, minimalist on-wall presence, and a single layer user interface that provides quick and intuitive control of lighting scenarios, interior climate, and audio systems like no product before it. Equinox 4 also gives users and integrators their first taste of Vantage’s new User Experience Platform, a bold, overarching initiative that will result in a unified signature physical and graphical aesthetic that remains consistent across all control devices in a Vantage system.

 

 

 

Equinox 4 is designed to be the simplest, most straightforward path to accessing lighting control, comfort, and local zone audio. Given its “always on” design, the keypad senses presence, and wakes up with a simple gesture; it’s as reliable and intuitive as a light switch, but with much added functionality. And, with two tactile buttons, it’s incredibly flexible and easy to update as the user’s needs and preferences change. Its Vantage station bus connection also means that full compatibility with the existing InFusion station bus-based systems, as well as Vantage’s new Enhanced InFusion Lighting Solution

 

 

The Experience is Everything

 

 While Equinox 4 marks the introduction of the Vantage User Experience Platform, it’s really just the beginning. The introduction of additional Equinox interfaces—the Equinox 7-UX (pictured left), a larger in-wall touchscreen by the end of 2012, and the Equinox 4-UX in Q2 2013—as well as iOS and Android apps, will allow integrators to design more advanced UIs that go beyond the single-layer experience of Equinox 4, while maintaining the same simplicity, intuitiveness, and consistent look and feel across all platforms.

 

Vantage Controls’ Energy Widget for the Equinox platform, for example, will allow users to dig deep into energy usage around the home, monitoring electrical, gas, and water usage in either textual or graphical form, all while navigating only one additional layer, and with the same swipe, press, drag, and press-and-hold gestures that are entirely intuitive to anyone who has ever used a smart phone or tablet.

 

In addition to the obvious ease-of-use benefits for end-users, the Vantage User Experience Platform will also provide dealers with a vastly simplified programming and integration experience, greatly reducing the time, expense, and headaches of designing complex control solutions.

 

Equinox 4 shipping is scheduled for November 19, 2012 with a domestic VRP of $550. Additional Equinox models will be formally announced in Q4 ’12.

 

About Vantage

Headquartered in Orem, Utah, Vantage is a leading manufacturer of intelligent control systems for luxury residential applications. With over 20 years experience, Vantage excels at employing the latest technologies in its products to create fully integrated home automation solutions. Vantage has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2006.  Legrand, located in Limoges, France, is the world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks. For more information, visit the Vantage web site at http://www.vantagecontrols.com. Media inquiries should be directed to Adam Sohmer; Sohmer Associates, LLC; adam@sohmerassoc.com. 

 

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