HAI intro Media Center, Home Server Deliver Automation, Surveillance, Multiroom Music

Home Automation Inc. (HAI) one of the first automation companies to create a plug-in for Media Center, now plans to offer a Media Center PC of its own. What the Media Center will have is plug-and-play integration with HAI’s automation system and supported interfaces, including Philips Pronto remotes and HAI’s new OmniTouch WiFi-enabled tablets. HAI […]

Home Automation Inc. (HAI) one of the first automation companies to create a plug-in for Media Center, now plans to offer a Media Center PC of its own.

What the Media Center will have is plug-and-play integration with HAI’s automation system and supported interfaces, including Philips Pronto remotes and HAI’s new OmniTouch WiFi-enabled tablets.

HAI has not set pricing on its Media Center, which is expected to ship this year. McLellan suggests that it should retail for less than $2,500. Autonomic is also helping HAI with a new “Music Gateway” based on Windows Home Server.

HAI already offers WebLink 3 (WL3) automation software for Home Server. HAI now is developing its own Home Server incorporating Autonomic’s Media Control Server multiroom audio solution (I love this stuff).

The HAI Music Gateway has a built-in 5.1 sound card which, thanks to Autonomic, can deliver three music streams to three zones simultaneously (including protected iTunes content). The unit ships with HAI’s WL3 software, enabling remote access to the HAI system from any Web browser, including an iPhone.

Since HAI has added DVR functionality to WL3, the Music Gateway can record surveillance video from IP cameras. It transcodes the video so for viewing even on itty bitty screens. Even though the product is a full-fledged Windows Home Server, HAI is keeping it simple, promoting it simply as a music (and CCTV) gateway.

The gateway runs very cool, says McLellan, so it can be installed in a closed structured wiring cabinet. The Music Gateway, with 160 GB of storage, is expected to retail for less than $1,800.

Source:→ WGS