Morley Glass & Glazing, manufacturer of Uni-blinds integral blinds, announced it has developed an interface called SmartMotion that can help installers incorporate motorized blinds into home automation systems more easily.
An increasing number of installers are being asked to incorporate motorized Uni-blinds into electric-powered home automation systems, Morley Glass & Glazing said, adding that in the past it has been a daunting and complex task which could cause damage to the wiring of the blinds or the home automation system.
This inspired the U.K.-based company to commission the development of SmartMotion to make the process so simple that it’s child’s play, the company said. In one easy step the operation of the blinds is integrated into the whole home automation system so that they can be controlled at the touch of a button, even when users are not at home, Morley said.
The global home automation market was valued at $4.41 billion in 2014 and is set to grow by 26.3% by 2020. Home automation systems integrate various domestic applications such as lighting, heating, safety and security, energy management, entertainment systems and motorized integral blinds. The demand is growing in the U.K., as the concept of smart homes takes off, said Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing.
The SmartMotion is exclusive to Morley Glass & Glazing and is compatible with the MB System of Uni-Blinds, which operate using an electric brushless motor. It is supplied pre-wired and fully tested, making for a smooth installation.
The Venetian-style blinds are installed between two glass sheets inside the double glazed unit to provide protection against the heat and glare of the sun. They are also available in triple glazed sealed units too.
Uni-Blinds are operated using manually or electronically depending the chosen system. The slats raise, lower and tilt using a rotational magnetic transmission through the glass. Raising and lowering is achieved using a continuous cord loop that drives the external magnetic device. The electrically operated Uni-Blind system works in a similar way with the press of a button.