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DESIGN CENTER
Overview

The simple and intuitive nature of Design Center allows Vantage dealers, with certification training, to provide a complete solution for the homeowner. Managing projects that include lighting, climate, audio, video, home theater, shades, pools/spas and other systems is easier than ever before. Reports, quick quoting tools, diagnostics, touchscreen design and other system tools are included in Design Center for an efficient approach to project design and commissioning.

Automation Project Creation

Build, manage and control all your projects with Design Center. Add keypads, touchscreens, dimmers, sensors, and other devices to integrate lighting, climate, media and everything in between. Add simple scenes or conditional logic for complicated sequences to bring it all together.

  • Project Management – Quick Quotes, Ordering, Reports, Diagnostics
  • Simple and Conditional Logic Programming
  • Third-party System Integration
  • Fast and accurate station configuration
New Construction and Retrofit Systems

Vantage provides flexible hardware solutions for installation in new construction, light to full remodel projects, and retrofit opportunities. Regardless of the type of install project, Design Center gives you the toolset you need to design, startup, program, and troubleshoot the entire system, all in one easy-to-use software environment.

  • Flexible system management:
    • New Construction
    • Remodel
    • Retrofit
  • One software tool for:
    • Design
    • Startup
    • Programming
    • Troubleshooting
Get Quick Quotes and Orders

Build the project files and quotes for customers all at the same time. Distribute quotes, purchase orders, invoices and project printouts to office managers, designers and techs instantly and accurately.

  • Software Diagnostics
    • Stations, Controllers, Modules, Drivers
    • Logs
    • Trigger History
  • Live device testing
    • Loads
    • Buttons, Tasks and Timers
    • 1080HD Video Switcher
    • 850D-DA Multi-room Audio Amplifier
    • IRX II and IR Devices
Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

Although system installations are designed take place without issues, sometimes problems arise. Therefore, troubleshooting a system should be easy, and Design Center allows just that. Through real-time monitoring, hardware validation, live testing, a host of logs, and other advanced diagnostic tools - combined with a dedicated support team - your system installs can be smooth and hassle-free.

Print Schedules and Reports

No project is complete without a full lineup of relevant reports. Use Design Center to keep projects on time and on track. View, create and print reports for general project information as well as stations, enclosures, loads, fixtures, programming, engraving, faceplates, sensors, and more.

Integrate with Premier Partner Systems

Add drivers for control and feedback of third-party solutions such as security systems, HVAC controllers, media servers, multi-room audio systems, theater equipment, surveillance cameras, pool/spa systems, video distribution equipment, motorized shades and other devices to your Design Center project with a simple click and drag of the mouse. Later, swap devices so that programming changes are not required when one is replaced.

  • Extensive online driver library
  • Add third-party system drivers for
    • Theaters
    • Security
    • HVAC
    • Media
    • Multi-Room Systems
    • Cameras
    • Pool/Spa
    • Shade
  • Drag in, swap and replace as needed
  • Save and Reuse programming
  • Build drivers with Driver Designer software
Build Consistent and Intuitive User Interfaces

Interfaces to the Vantage system are provided by way of keypads, touchscreens, remotes and mobile devices. Keypads are the primary control points and can be configured in Design Center with custom programming, backlit engraving and LEDs, as well as faceplate colors and trims to complement the project's aesthetic needs. Touchscreens can be personalized using Equinox widgets and profiles, as well as with user-editable scenes. Then add tablet and mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad or Android to give users the same consistent

Implement Extensive Lighting System Options

Centralized and retrofit dimming systems are at the core of our software. From enclosures, modules, controllers and bus management to wall-box dimmers, DIN modules and low-voltage keypads, there are a variety of options for all ranges of projects. Power Profiles, Fixture Schedules, LED control and intelligent programming all provide the flexibility needed for both simple and complicated lighting systems.

  • Add Lighting Equipment
    • Enclosures
    • Modules
    • Controllers
    • Wall-box dimmers
    • Low Voltage Keypads
    • DIN Modules
  • Program Dims, Toggles, Raise, Lower, Vacation Modes
  • Manage Load Types, Power Profiles, Fixtures, Breaker Types
Integrate Professional Grade Video Switching

Easily add and setup video switching for projects when you pick your favorite Premier Partner video switcher driver from the list of partner manufacturers. Choose and Equinox 73 touchscreens and Equinox apps for the professionally designed Video Widget which allows quick and seamless integration. Use premier partner media servers, Blu-Ray players, set-top boxes and display driver found in the online driver library to build a simple control environment.

  1. Add a Premier Partner video switcher
  2. Add video source drivers such as media servers, Blu-Ray players and set-top boxes
  3. Add display drivers for TVs and projectors
  4. Assign zones and sources to video switcher objects
  5. Map inputs and outputs
Enjoy Rich Multi-room Audio

Provide a complete multi-room system inside each Design Center project by adding a stack of Vantage's 850D-DA switcher/amplifiers. Expand the system as needed up to 72 zones and 12 sources. Alternatively you can add a NuVo multi-room system complete with streaming source management. Choose Equinox touchscreens and Equinox apps for the professionally designed Audio Widget which allows quick and seamless integration.

  1. Add the Vantage 850D-DA amplifier or the NuVo P Series multi-room system
  2. Add audio source drivers such as the NuVo P3100 or NuVo tuners
  3. Assign zones and sources
  4. Live test Zone and Source controls on the 850D-DA inside Design Center
  5. Integrate with the Audio Widget on Equinox touchscreens and apps as well as the mini-widget on Equinox 40
  6. Personalize the Audio Widget based on person, area or function
  7. Program custom buttons for macros such as "Party Mode" or "All Off"Integrate with the Video Widget on touchscreens and apps
Simplified Home Theaters

Through Design Center, racks of  Premier Partner theater equipment such as receivers, media servers, Blu-Ray players, set-top boxes and controllable power conditioners as well as display devices such as projectors, screens, lifts and TVs can be fully integrated. Add the Vantage IRXII to the project rack for full RS232 and IR control, as well as contact inputs and low-voltage relays.

  1. Add and manage Premier Partner home theater rack equipment drivers
  2. Add the Vantage IRXII for full RS232, IR, contact inputs and low-voltage relays
  3. Integrate with the Home Theater Widget on Equinox touchscreens and Equinox apps
  4. Personalize the Home Theater Widget based on person, area or function
  5. Program custom buttons for macros such as "Watch Movie", "Intermission" or "All Off"
  6. Learn IR codes with IRXII Learner and Driver Designer software
Quickly Add Climate

Implement local and global control of temperature zones throughout the living space. Use Vantage thermostats and add remote temperatures sensors to a project for invisible control. Alternatively, integrate Premier Partner HVAC systems through drivers available in Design Center. Choose Equinox touchscreens and Equinox apps for the professionally designed Climate Widget which allows quick and seamless integration.

  1. Add Vantage thermostats or Premier Partner HVAC systems
  2. Integrate with the Climate Widget on Equinox touchscreens and Equinox apps as well as the mini-widget on Equinox 40
  3. Personalize the Climate Widget based on person, area or function
  4. Build custom setpoint schedules in the Climate Widget
  5. Program custom setpoints for scenes such as "Party Mode", "Vacation" or "Goodnight"
Get Comfortable With Shades

Comfort is important for Vantage system users, and motorized shades are often a key element of that comfort level. By adding either high-voltage or low-voltage relays through modules and stations - or by adding shade-specific objects and products such as the ILTS or RTS stations - you can allow users full and simple control of their shading system.

  • Add low or high voltage relays for direct motor control
  • Insert specific shade objects such as ILTS and RTS or third-party drivers
  • Integrate with touchscreens and apps
  • Program commands for individual shade up and shade down or specific positions with timers, sensors and whole-house scenes like “Goodnight”
New Features Design Center 3.3
PERSONALIZE EQUINOX 41 AND ADAPT
Equinox 41 functions as a graphical user interface to the Vantage system and provides a personalized dashboard for multi-system control; the key to accomplishing this are the on-screen widgets.
  • One visible widget at a time
  • Use all 12 Widgets
  • Consistent with Equinox 73 and mobile apps
  • Three Layers of Navigation - Dashboard, full screen, and edit mode on all widgets
EQUINOX & DRIVER SCHEDULES
No Equinox project is complete without a full lineup of EQ40, EQ Widget, and Driver reports. Use Design Center 3.3 to keep these projects organized and accurate. Run, view, export, and print these reports straight from each project file. Additional reports are also available for general project information as well as stations, enclosures, loads, fixtures, programming, engraving, faceplates, sensors, and more.
FULL SYSTEM BACKUP
Automatically backup all information stored on the controller weekly. This includes Equinox user data, learned levels, timers, and variable values. These items are now added to the project file that's already backed up on the controller SD card, providing installers with the complete peace of mind knowing everything they need to restore a system is right there and ready if needed.
  • Weekly Backup; up to a year!
  • Accessible from Design Center and/or from the controller
  • Keep loaded project file and dynamic data in sync
  • Store Equinox user data, variable values, learned levels, and timer times
EQUINOX INFORMATION TAB
Do you want to know what will or will not work in Equinox before going out to a project? The Equinox Information tab provides early detection of potential problems in the Design Center file that could prevent one or more Equinox widgets from functioning correctly. Here are some examples of errors or warning conditions that can be detected:
  • A driver is not Equinox compatible
  • A driver does not support a command that is used by Equinox
  • Displays such as TVs or projectors can’t be used in the Video widget, because their configuration is not set
  • There are no sources selected on a video or audio switcher
  • There are no zones or partitions defined for a security system
  • User friendly device names are not set on a driver
New Features Design Center 3.2
EQUINOX 73 & EQUINOX APPS - INTUITIVE CONTROL

In Design Center 3.2, the all new Equinox 73 touchscreen and Equinox App objects can quickly be added to both new and existing projects through the Vantage Objects panel. The Equinox 73 is a beautiful, always on, always there, all-in-one LCD touchscreen that provides intuitive control for luxury spaces. The rich-media touchscreen functions as a personalized dashboard for multi-system control through live widgets for scenes, lighting, audio, climate, security, video, cameras and more. The same experience users enjoy on Equinox 73 is also available for smartphone or tablet apps on iOS and Android.

  • Simple - Intuitive access, control and feedback for luxury spaces
  • Flexible - Easily personalized and adapted to the customers' changing needs
  • Consistent - Keypads, touchscreens and mobile apps provide a consistent graphical user interface
  • Three Layers of Navigation - Dashboard, full screen and edit mode Multiple widgets
Simply Beautiful Equinox Widgets

Every Equinox widget is simple to use, beautiful to behold. Now with 9 widgets and more coming, Equinox makes it easier than ever to captivate your customers.

  • Profiles for people, areas, functions and time of day
  • Three levels of navigation - dashboard, full screen and edit mode
  • Natural flick, swipe and tap motions
  • Edit the interface dynamically
Do more with the Equinox Emulator

Managing Equinox widgets on projects has never been easier and can be performed on the device itself or through Design Center's smooth Emulator. Whether there are many Equinox devices or just a few, use the Emulator on your laptop both locally and remotely to graphically change the widget dashboard arrangement, add/edit profiles, tweak a scene, change widget defaults, edit device settings and more.

  • Local and remote access to Equinox devices
  • Rearrange an Equinox widget dashboard
  • Add/edit profiles
  • Change widget dashboard defaults (i.e. new lighting favorites)
  • Create a scene
  • Edit device settings
NUVO AUDIO - INTEGRATED HI-FI SOUND

The Vantage / NuVo multi-room audio system offers advanced and stylish features that make enjoying your musical experience even easier. With support for the NuVo family of players inside of Design Center as well as rich control and feedback from the Equinox family of keypads, touchscreens and apps, this system can enhance every room where you live, work or play with an endless variety of your favorite music.

  • Build Vantage / NuVo audio systems
  • Easy system expansion
    • Up to 16 zones for stand-alone NuVo
    • Up to 72 zones when paired with the 850-DA
  • Provide streaming services and music libraries
  • New Features Design Center 3.1
    SUPERIOR DIMMER MODULE

    We've completely redesigned support for the standard dimmer module with the new 12-load module (SDM12-EM) to give you an even more robust lighting experience. With up to 4 line feeds, 64 total amps of load, plug-and-play installation and an improved locking mechanism, plus enhanced field serviceability, the SDM12-EM and Design Center software bring innovation and lighting design together.

    • Program intelligent dims, toggles, ramps, fades
    • Use in Design Center for new or existing projects
    • Power and Current sensing feedback built in to Design Center (with live system connection)
    • Enable quiet mode
    • Works with fixture schedules
    EQUINOX 4 KEYPAD - SIMPLIFY THE COMPLEX
    In the newly released Design Center 3.1.29, the brand new Equinox 4 keypad is available to be added to all projects. The Equinox 4 is the quick to control, quick to program LCD keypad for local lighting, climate and audio control. Add the Equinox 4 keypad through the Vantage Objects panel and get creative. Create 3 personalized pages of scenes, based on:
    • Person
    • Time
    • Room
    • Function

    Dimmable Scenes automatically receive +/- buttons for raising & lowering levels (no additional programming) Implement the 3 different mini-widgets:

    • Just assign a thermostat and an audio zone, all the programming is done for you!
    • Climate / Temperature / Clock
    • Scenes
    • Audio
    Build 4 different combinations:
    • Temperature + Scenes + Audio (most common)
    • Temperature + Scenes
    • Scenes + Audio
    • Scenes Only
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    New Features Design Center 3.0
    Enhanced Enclosure Lighting

    Managing loads, dimmer and relay modules, and filling enclosures for complete lighting systems can be as simple as drag and drop. Use both empty and full load positions in the enclosure tree or in the enclosure graphical view to balance each module. Mark module line feeds as arc-fault breakers and automatically de-rate total allowable wattage, or view wattage per module to ensure accurate module usage.

    • Loads in Enclosure View and Graphical Editor
    • Fixture Definitions / Schedules
    • Selection of A/B Enclosures
    • Arc Fault Breaker Management
    • Enclosure Locations / “Groups”
    Customizable DIN Enclosure View

    Graphically design and manage a project's DIN enclosures, modules and accessories. Arrange the stations, power supplies, spacers, line feeds and third-party DIN modules as necessary. Then run the new DIN Enclosure report and print it out for your installer to use.

    • Add and arrange DIN Modules
    • Specify row and module width counts
    • Add DIN accessories such as spacers, line feeds, power supplies and third-party DIN modules
    A Compelling RFLC Solution

    The already flexible InFusion system just got a boost. Increment your system design with RFLC lighting devices by adding dimmers, relays, multi-location switches, and more. Choose from three ways to implement:

    • A fully-standalone RFLC system
    • Mix and match with RadioLink or WireLink ScenePoints
    • Add low-traffic closets, bathrooms, and more on to a centralized system

    Implement bi-directional load control, program and add loads to tasks, timers, and sensors. You can also gang RFLC devices together with ScenePoints user interfaces, wiring devices, or other keypads.

    Enjoy Greater Programming Control

    With new procedures, task error visibility and new features such as live scene setting and true vacation mode, Design Center 3.0 has raised the bar on ease of programming.

    • True Vacation Mode
    • Live Scene Setting
    • Task Warning / Error Column in Task View
    • Program by Contractor Number
    • New procedures such Auto Offs, Send Email and Power Saver Modes
    Great New Product Support

    Complete support for several exciting new products has been included. For many of the products, such as the 850D-DA, live testing has been included for quick commands for zone and source wiring.

    • RFLC
    • 850D-DA Digital Amplifier
    • 1, 2, 4 Button EasyTouch II
    • Titanium color for keypads and wiring devices
    • RS8-L-DIN
    • Quad Sensor
    Stunning Style Enhancements

    Integrators now have improved methods of modifying and updating trim and faceplate options, button colors, LED choices and more for keypads, ScenePoints and wiring devices. By using the new tab structure, simply make the style changes directly in the Area View and then view the changes instantly.

    • Keypad styles, colors, trim choices
    • Button colors and options
    • LED Styles
    Add Sensor Control to Project Files
    Integrating sensors and intelligent programming is nothing new for Vantage projects, but having them graphically available is. Assign sensors to areas, move them around, view which keypads have wired sensors, pick exact models from the auxiliary tab dropdown list, and print new sensor reports for each project.
    • View sensor in areas
    • Choose exact models in the auxiliary tab
    • View which keypads have sensors wired to them
    • Run and print the new sensors report
    Demos
    Introduction to Design Center 3.2
    Introduction to Design Center 3.1

    New Enclosures & Modules part 1

    New Enclosures & Modules part 2

    Auxiliary Enclosures & LVOS 0-10-PWM

    DIN Enclosure view

    Enclosure view

    Programming

    Sensors
    Downloads