SAVANT® Joins the HDBaseT Alliance, Introduces SmartLink Digital Modules
Savant Systems, a leader in home and commercial automation, recently announced that the manufacturer has joined the HDBaseT Alliance to deliver the benefits of HDBaseT technology to Savant’s diverse portfolio of end users. Savant has also released its first HDBaseT-enabled digital modules, SmartLink service cards available for Savant’s SmartMediaPro family of controllers.
HDBaseT enables consumers and installers to reduce installation time and costs by using a single CAT5e/6 cable to deliver uncompressed high definition video, audio controls, Ethernet and up to 100W of power. Savant’s SmartLink output and receiving modules can transmit audio and video signals up to 1080p over CAT5e/6 cable lengths of up to 100 meters (328 feet) using HDBaseT technology.
“HDBaseT provides a competitive advantage in delivering an advanced end-to-end solution with our suite of monitoring and diagnostic systems,” explained Jim Carroll, Executive Vice President Corporate Strategy & Business Development at Savant. “Savant understands the need to simplify installation and interoperability. HDBaseT allows our highly advanced diagnostic systems to be easily integrated,” Carroll added.
“HDBaseT provides professional integrators a simple and cost-effective solution for today’s connectivity issues that is also future-proof,” said Micha Risling, Marketing Chair for the HDBaseT Alliance. “Savant’s decision to join the Alliance and integrate HDBaseT into its products will fuel the growth of the ever-expanding HDBaseT product ecosystem.”
Savant’s SmartLink Modules include output modules available in both 2 and 4-port versions. The receiving module comes in a wall plate form factor with Ethernet, HDMI and control outputs all accessible from the front panel of the device. SmartLink Modules break out the power, Ethernet and control protocol components of HDBaseT, directing them to a separate cable. The HDBaseT technology is a high-definition multimedia content delivery standard ideal for home entertainment systems and business applications. HDBaseT can connect all the entertainment devices in a setting through its 5Play™ feature set, converging uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, up to 100W of power and various control signals through a single 100m/328ft CAT5e/6 cable with RJ45 connectors.