Intrinsic Group, AV driver developer, has launched Intrinsic Connected – a quality standard that the company says will allow both manufacturers and installers to identify quickly and easily where a certified Intrinsic solution is available.
“Anyone can write code,” says Will Hopkins, CEO at Intrinsic Group. “But, writing effective drivers for smart home integration products and applications demands real installation knowledge, controls know-how and practical experience. All Intrinsic engineers have spent a minimum of five years in the field as product installers and system integrators. This experience is critical in how we create and build Intrinsic Connected driver solutions. It’s why we’re acknowledged as the company behind the most reliable, best functioning and optimised drivers for AV integration on the market.”
A growing number of certified Intrinsic Connected drivers are now available for integration and control by Crestron, Control 4, Elan, RTI and other control platforms. These cover integration for Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Philips Hue, Sky+ and SkyQ alongside products from brands, such as, HDAnywhere, Heatmiser, Meridian, Naim, Sonos and Speakercraft.
Intrinsic Group explains that manufacturers will be able to display the Integrated by Intrinsic badge on products where an Intrinsic driver exists, giving added confidence to installers that they can integrate the best-performing technology from their favoured brands into any system.
“In the connected home, a key product feature is its ability to interface seamlessly with third party control systems,” adds Rayner Sheridan, director of brand & product strategy, Meridian Audio. “Products which have low performance characteristics, but which are easy to integrate, are often substituted for their higher performing counterparts, when the key objective for the installer is to deliver a reliable and intuitive connected home.
“By using Intrinsic Connected drivers, installers can offer customers a ‘no compromise’ solution that combines premium performance with ease of integration. Our recent 200 series of products – the Meridian 218, 251 and 271 – all now benefit from Intrinsic Connected drivers and they work exceedingly well.”
A deep understanding of real-world application and the needs of integrators is at the heart of Intrinsic’s success, says the company.
In addition, Intrinsic says it views driver design and development as a connected, two-way process. In developing drivers for manufacturers, its engineers can build on their own insight into installer requirements and offer informed feedback that can assist brands with future product development.