April 06, 2010
| by Julie Jacobson
Say you’re a Spanish speaker in a French hotel and you have this fancy automation touchscreen in the room.
Too bad, everything’s in French so you can’t control the room or pick your favorite radio stations.
That’s why Colorado vNet is introducing vNet Builder 4.6, which supports multiple languages.
When a language selection is made, the entire user interface switches to the preferred language. The initial version of the software will support English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, with additional languages to be added later in the year.
The new 4.6 firmware includes other Europe-friendly features such as international tuner frequency selection, and accommodation for 220v and 240v installations.
“As we continue to increase our focus on commercial venues like hotels, spas and hospitals, it’s critical to accommodate clients and staff who speak a variety of languages,” says Charlie Porritt, CEO of Russound, parent company of Colorado vNet.
From Colorado vNet:
When commissioning the system, the installer can choose U.S. or European default voltage settings, or tailor the specifications for low or high frequencies, channel spacing, and pre-emphasis, a process that increases, within a band of frequencies, the magnitude of some higher frequencies with respect to lower frequencies in order to improve the overall signal-to-noise ratio. vNet Builder 4.6 is fully compatible with 120V, 220V and 240V sites, and features the automatic calculation of the total load required for the installation.
The new 4.6 will be available later this month as a firmware upgrade for Colorado vNet’s TA1-70 7-inch in-wall touchscreen, as well as the forthcoming 4.7-inch TS1-4/50 and 7-inch TS1-7/70 models.
The new touchpanels were demonstrated earlier this year at Integrated Systems Europe.
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.