I recently sat down with RTI CEO Ed McConaghay to talk about CEDIA 2018, the Miravue VIP-1 Video-Over-IP System, and what RTI holds in store for integrators at ISE 2019. This is Part 2 of our discussion. Part 1 is here.
Maureen Jenson: Last week we covered the RTiQ solution, RTIXCEL training programs and had a look at the new RTI control interfaces that were featured at CEDIA 2018. Speaking of CEDIA 2018, we also experienced several new RTI video distribution products including solutions powered by Pulse-Eight. Why was the Pulse-Eight partnership significant and what are the product offerings?
Ed McConaghay: The Pulse-Eight team is well known for their involvement in the development of HDMI and HDBaseT standards, which gives them a deep understanding of the technology. Beyond offering powerful, reliable video distribution, our new X-series line of HDBaseT products deliver value-added features simply not found on other systems in the market. These products offer seamless integration inside the RTI control platform, and its auto-discovery and diagnostics capabilities are incredibly powerful. The switcher’s built-in monitoring tools allow dealers to see what devices are connected, and easily determine the cause of any issues. There’s even the ability to determine if there is a cable failure, right down to which pair of wires in a CAT cable has issues. Our X-series lineup of video distribution products includes the flagship VHD-Ux 8×10 Matrix Switch, 4×4 and 8×10 HDBaseT matrix switches, HDBaseT extenders (including 4K/60 HDR), a splitter and a 4K downscaler.
MJ: You’re also now shipping the Miravue VIP-1 Video-Over-IP System after you announced its acquisition back in February. Why is this product an important addition to the RTI portfolio?
EM: Acquiring the Miravue VIP-1 was a key step toward our goal of providing integrators with everything they need to automate any environment. Furthermore, by acting as a transmitter, receiver in one unit, and with a range of networking options, it provides them with incredible flexibility to help them lower the costs of AV distribution in commercial and residential projects.
MJ: Interoperability is the name of the game for a control and automation company. How do you stay above the curve when it comes to delivering what customers want: voice control, smart home automation?
EM: A key element to delivering the experience customers want is creating drivers for a wide range of popular electronic systems. This year, we introduced drivers for Sonos, Samsung TVs, Jandy pool and spa systems, Luxul PDUs, 2N door stations, Aprilaire’s WiFi-enabled thermostats, Channel Vision Technology’s door station, and Yamaha MusicCast — to name just a few. This allows dealers to bring all of these systems together into one unified platform that customers can easily control using the RTI interface of their choice, whether it’s a handheld controller, a mobile device, in-wall touchpanel, or using their voice with Alexa.
MJ: Given your push in the commercial market and with an eye to ISE 2019, what can we expect from RTI?
EM: In addition to the new interfaces, we will be highlighting AV signal processing and collaboration products for the commercial market, including the new VXU-SC video conferencing system and VMS-741 Multi-Viewer. In 2019 we’re going to continue to build on our software platforms to provide more programs to benefit our dealers worldwide.