Ultamation News


The reason we do it ...

We all know you get out of bed each morning and go to work, to get money, to pay the mortgage and bills, and try to have a life around it ... but the best position to be in, is when you love your work - and one of the highlights is when a customer that gives you that reason.

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Apple TV moves into 5th Generation

In September 2017 Apple unveiled a new, fifth-generation Apple TV device.  This latest device brings new features such as 4K and HDR to Apple TV for the first time. According to Apple "4K gives you a crisper picture using four times more pixels than standard HD. High Dynamic Range (HDR) delivers brighter, more realistic colours and greater detail" and who doesn't want that?

This is all great news and as our Apple TV module is consistently one of our top sellers, we knew it wouldn't be long before our informed customers would be asking if it was compatible. 

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SLACK in the intelligent workplace

A couple of years ago, if you called someone a slacker, you might have been treated to a knuckle sandwich.  Times have changed, and now slack doesn’t mean a floppy rope or a workshy colleague; now ‘Slack’ has become the dominant collaboration platform for many organisations, such as Ticketmaster, Samsung, and ebay.

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Celebrating ten years in the business

This months signifies ten years since Ultamation was founded.

In 2007 few people had heard about Home Automation and the iPhone had only just been launched.  According to Forbes (2007) "As both digital television and cellular phones converge with the infinite content of the Internet, new forms of content navigation and device management become necessary. In the living room, remote controls are swiftly approaching an unmanageable array of buttons for various devices and on-screen menus so extensive that it can take an hour to get from channel 1 to channel 1001."

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A state of control: the interface is the system

AV Nation broadcast a regular podcast and video discussing the latest topics within the industry and bringing in experts to add their viewpoint.

This weeks edition sees our very own Oliver Hall starring in the debate about 'The interface is the system'.  The episodes usually talk about programming and code but this video is more about the creative side and how to create a high quality interface.

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A few words from our customers ...

It's always great to hear feedback from customers and even more satisfying when we've got it exactly right!

Occasionally we are asked to take over a job which another dealer has originally installed.  These can always be a bit tricky as people tend to approach things in different ways and often you're not able to have a conversation with the previous dealer to understand the decision they made.  Recently we've had one of these, and we'll be honest, we've had a few challenges!  However last week the client commented: "Nice one Boys. Thank you so much for all your painstaking efforts. I hope [Client] appreciates your commitment, I’m sure he will."

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Spotlight on Emmanuel

Five months ago Emmanuel Bustos took a leap of faith in moving to Liverpool from Argentina, via Italy, and coming to work for Ultamation.  As an experienced programmer, he has taken learning his third language (Spanish & Italian being his other two) in his stride.  Thoroughly enjoying the variety of projects and the ability to improve his skills in different areas, he has settled in well.  Some of the projects he is involved include;

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We sell hardware too!

Ultamation are known for their great modules, but did you also know that we sell hardware?  Well just one item in particular - the Ultamation UC-DMX-200.  This is an Ethernet to DMX control interface for DIN rail mounting applications and was our top seller on our website last week.

Features include complete control of the entire 512 channel DMX universe, the UC-DMX-200 provides the bridge between any programmable Ethernet based control system and a DMX lighting system (or any other DMX controlled devices).  In addition to discrete channel control, the UC-DMX-200 also implements 8 independent pattern generators, capable of scrolling a pattern of up to 16 RGB values across a range of DMX addresses, removing the load from the host system.

Crestron control modules are available which make integration a breeze, and a simple ASCII based protocol is also available making integration with other systems simple.

We are currently producing an app to make control even easier ... watch this space. 

 

Insider Spotlight on Oliver Hall

In the year that Ultamation celebrates being ten years old, rAVe Publications asked to feature our Managing Director, Oliver Hall in their AV Insider Spotlight feature.

Find out how Ultamation started, what he thinks is great about the industry and whether there is anything he would change, what apps make him more productive (This won’t sound cool – a pen and paper!), the cool jobs he's worked on and how he stays relevant.

Read the full article here.