URC and Big Dog Power partner to integrate power control

Holly Hill, Fla. URC, a global leader in smart home automation and control for residential and commercial applications, and Ethereal, delivering custom integration solutions, announced the launch of an integration with Big Dog Power. Commercial and residential users can now enjoy peace-of-mind across power monitoring services and integrate seamlessly with URC’s Total Control.

The Big Dog Power Smart Power Distribution Unit from Ethereal® combines all the features integrators need into one device to deliver surge protection, remote control, smart home integration, rack temperature management, and more. Twelve individually-controllable outlets have power metering, self-healing, and automatic reboot capabilities for smarter and easier remote management of connected devices. When surges occur, two removable surge protection modules can be replaced without sacrificing the entire PDU, making this solution unique and cost-effective.

Integrating across Ethereal’s Big Dog Power product line, URC products can now automate environments with greater power efficiency and security. In practice, the end user can use URC’s Total Control to switch on, switch off or reboot devices such as media players, streaming boxes or routers. Advanced benefits of this new URC integration include:

  • Unified Operation – Big Dog Power devices operate within the Total Control system for easy and secure control and automation.
  • Ease of Set-up - Setting up the system is easy with expert integration which is intuitively designed to enable professional installation from one of URC’s certified dealers.
  • Secure Dealer Access – Within a secure environment, the integration allows URC dealers remote access (with end user approval) to trouble-shoot, monitor or adjust.
  • Monitor Power Efficiency - Integrated energy meters in the IP power switches allow for precise measurement of power consumption and enable the exploitation of energy saving potentials. The result: lower electricity costs and increased sustainability. Capabilities include viewing each outlet’s power status, rebooting specific outlets and turning equipment on or off.
  • Power System Resiliency - Power-cycling (reboot) of connected devices helps applications to get back on their feet. This can be accomplished either automatically via monitoring routines or by remote access via URC’s Total Control.

“This next generation of power distribution, efficiency and resiliency integration with Big Dog Power ensures that our dealers can easily install more secure smart systems with premium security and excellent power monitoring and adjustment quality,” stated Lars Granoe, URC’s VP Product Development.

"The PR-R13PI Smart Outlet is unlike any other PDU on the market. It's included surge mileage meter that shows the percentage of remaining protection makes it possible for integrators to know exactly how much surge protection they have remaining, giving them the power to be proactive," says Ethereal's Product Manager, Adam Rogers.

URC Total Control® is the flagship automation and control system in the URC portfolio. Complete Control delivers reliable, entry level entertainment control via handheld remote or mobile app. Complete Control products are sold through certified URC dealers and authorized distributors.

About URC

Headquartered in Harrison NY USA, URC is a global leader in smart home automation and control solutions. URC technology is respected for unsurpassed performance and reliability with over 100 million remote controls sold in the past 10 years alone. URC control systems include Total ControlÆ and Complete ControlÆ. Innovative URC user interfaces include tabletop controllers, in-wall touch screens, handheld remotes, keypads and mobile apps – plus voice control integration with Amazon Alexa, Comcast Xfinity, Apple TV and Google Assistant. URC systems are custom designed, installed and maintained by a network of URC trained systems integration professionals. Its award-winning technical support and training URC the best choice for home automation. For more information visit www.urc-automation.com. Think beyond everyday.

Corporate Contact:

Ron Pence, Marketing Lead


About Big Dog Power

Big Dog Power is a brand developed by Ethereal® to provide unique power solutions with surge protection, remote control, smart home integration, rack temperature management, and more. Visit BigDogPower.com to view the complete line of Big Dog Power products. Ethereal is a pioneer in HDMI® cable technology, power distribution products, premium audio cable design, and AV integration headquartered in Holly Hill, Florida. Ethereal’s brands include Ethereal Home Theater®, Velox®, Helios®, and Big Dog Power®. A strong commitment to research and development has resulted in a history of providing first-to-market technology for HDMI cables and electronics with numerous industry awards for innovation. Formerly known as MetraAV, you can connect with Ethereal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and subscribe to their page on YouTube to watch informational product videos and more. For ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 386-255-0234.

Corporate Contact:

Deanna Burns, Marketing