News / 03.03.22
RGB Communications has been appointed as the exclusive UK and EIRE distributor of Polar Bear Design for the AV Video and the Custom Install markets. Designed and manufactured in the UK, Polar Bear create a range of luxury keypads, wall thermostats and installation accessories for the home automation, luxury hotel and superyacht markets.
In many luxury buildings, heating, air conditioning or comfort cooling is standard. Typically, an installer would use sophisticated commercial control systems that focus on the calculations, environmental impact, and performance that quite often overlook the user experience.
The Polar Bear Design Zentium Pro is a highly advanced thermostat that bridges the gap between the commercial and high-end residential sectors by bringing form, function, and integration together to deliver an elegant solution that is simple and intuitive to use but has a customer centric design.
Awarded ‘Best New Hardware’ at the Cedia Awards 2020, the Zentium Pro thermostat offers complete dual room climate control, giving users the ability to monitor and control the heating and cooling of two rooms independently from a single interface. The innovative thermostat can also control radiators, including towel rails and air conditioning units, too.
Offering complete climate control at this level removes the need for additional building management systems (BMS) for air conditioning control – offering significant benefits and huge cost savings for the building developers, installers, and the end-user.The thermostat can be used stand alone or combined with intelligent lighting control keypads, such as the Lutron Palladiom, SeeTouch, Pico or Crestron Horizon. By working with leading edge designers, the Zentium Pro Thermostat also has a range of luxury faceplate finishes that complement the interior design of residential homes, including high-end apartment complexes and superyachts.
The Zentium Pro thermostat and UMC controller has been designed with integration in mind. Not only does this platform have compatibility with all the major brands of AV Control systems, but also directly to major Air-Conditioning brands to including Savant, Lutron, Control4, Crestron, Crestron Home, NorthBT, Trend and Delta. This allows an extremely flexible design topology and allows the heating and cooling systems.
In addition to their catalogue of products, Polar Bear Design also offer a unique customisation service where they modify 'off the shelf’ standard products and alter them to a design brief so the client gets a unique product that matches the interior design theme.
The Zentium product range opens the doors for AV installers to expand their businesses into control systems within the heating and cooling systems of a building and develop a total home automation with HVAC integration package for the client. This can help in building tighter and more harmonious relationships with HVAC professionals and BMS companies and designing more customer centric solutions.
“We are delighted to welcome Polar Bear Designs to RGB. The Zentium thermostat merges both superior commercial features with the design aesthetics high-end installations demand today. Integration with existing third-party systems, such as Savant, Lutron and Control4, means that our installers will now be able to offer their customers a fully integrated home automation solution.” says Caroline Britt, RGB Managing Director
“We are very excited to be able to partner with RGB Communications as they are perfectly positioned to help Polar Bear Design provide a new level of training and support to the CEDIA AV Installers for our award winning Zentium Pro thermostat. This marks a new age of professional heating and cooling solutions for the pro installer” says Justin Wells, Director Polar Bear Design Ltd.