Key Digital Enters Control System Market with a Totally Apple-Based Platform

Key Digital, in conjunction with Compass Alliance Partners (CAP), has created a fully integrated control system called Compass Control with driver support for hardware from the following brands: Aprilaire, Boston Acoustics, ClearOne, Denon, Furman, ICRealtime Security Solutions, iPort, Key Digital, LG, Lutron, Luxul, Marantz, MechoSystems, Onkyo, Panamax, Primeview, Russound, SurgeX and Wolfvision. The company is aiming the system at both the HomeAV and ProAV markets.

Compass Control has the ability to control devices via RS-232, IR or TCP/IP. This new control system provides installers with bi-directional IR, two-way RS-232 with feedback, and two-way TCP/IP control, plus control via relays and sensors. When programming the system via the Compass Navigator PC (ironic, anyone?) editor software, installers are given three separate database managers to make programming faster than traditional control systems. Compass Navigator also enables installers to edit command code sets which allows Compass Control to be tailored to each and every system installation.

Compass Control base system consists of KD-MC2500 Master Controller, with Compass Control App on Apple iPad running under KD-CSL License. Future expansion products are the iPad wall-mount solutions: KD-WPCW (white) and KD-WPCB (black) in-wall charging and connecting stations.

The KD-MC2500 Master Controller works as as the heart for the Compass Control System. It has up to eight IR or RS-232 ports and powerful TCP/IP/LAN networking control support. In addition, the KD-MC2500 allows IR learning and has two sets of switchable contacts for relay control of external equipment.

The official launch isn’t for two weeks, but we got a sneak peak today. Get more information about Compass Control here: