EUROPE: Panasonic has upgraded its wired-in Touch hotel air conditioning controls with a new sleek fascia design and easier commissioning and set up.
The new look includes a touch screen digital display interface, near-field communication (NFC) for easy commissioning – even without connected power – and setup with Android, improving functionality for installers, the hotel and guests.
As part of its design upgrade, the Touch hotel controller is now available in black or white or can be finished with a bespoke fascia to match the interior design scheme of any room. It is just 8.5mm deep and has a smooth, flush front finish.
The range has also been simplified to include just two model options. For premium hotels, the Room Touch boasts additional features to maximise the comfort of guests and hotel efficiencies. This 2-in-1 model includes an integrated Modbus controller for direct communication with the hotel’s building management system, helping to monitor the hotel’s overall energy usage and identify cost saving opportunities. The Room Touch also includes a total of four digital inputs and four digital outputs.
The second model available has a touch display and is a more cost-effective solution with just two digital inputs. It lacks the integrated connection with Modbus and does not connect with any outputs.
The new Touch hotel control range can be used with Panasonic’s range of wired motion window and door sensors. These sensors will control air conditioning, along with other connected technologies such as lighting if used with the Room Touch.
Both models include NFC communication for easy commissioning and setup. NFC is designed to work with Android, and can facilitate the quick set up of controllers, even without a power supply – particularly useful if installing during major building work, for example. The ease of connectivity using NFC helps to save time and installation costs.
The NFC connection also allows the controller to be used in conjunction with any dry contact input such as a door or window contacts, motion sensors, a light switch or key card. This maximises overall efficiency by ensuring the room’s technology is only in use when the room is occupied.