UK: Toshiba Carrier UK has developed a new mini-touchscreen air conditioning room controller with an intuitive interface that enables clients to add their own branding and corporate messages.
Based on a clear, capacitive icon-driven touchscreen, the unit is said to operate on the same principles as a high-end smartphone. Based on feedback from clients, the new unit is designed to be both easy to use and simple to install, using the same two-wire connectivity as a standard controller.
David Dunn, TCUK’s managing director for sales, said: “Wall-mounted room controllers in hotels and offices are the vital interface between the user and the air conditioning system. However, their design has not kept pace with changing user needs and expectations – often having complicated interfaces that confuse end users and make them difficult to use.”
With its contemporary looks, the new controller has a colour interface which can be easily customised to match room décor, with 30 contrasting backgrounds available to create different moods or messages. Clients can also customise the interface with their own corporate images, colours and logos by uploading images via the unit’s built-in USB connection.
Which icons and functions are displayed is determined during the installer set-up, according to the client’s preference. This feature overcomes a problem common to some traditional controllers in which all functions are visible but not all are accessible, leading to user frustration.