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GUDE, URC and AWE announce integration for smarter power distribution

Department: Audio/Video Control, Media Technology, Smart Home, Network Management
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Köln, 20.09.2022

GUDE, URC and AWE announce integration for smarter power distribution

New integration increases energy efficiency and resilience of AV and IT infrastructures

GUDE, a German manufacturer of high-quality power supply and monitoring solutions, and URC, a leading global provider of intelligent automation solutions for residential and commercial buildings, today introduce a new integrated solution: Commercial and residential users can now leverage distributed networks and media controls, seamlessly integrating GUDE’s power distribution solutions with URC’s Total Control control software.

GUDE’s network-ready power distribution units (PDU) enable switching and control of AV technology and IT equipment in smart homes, conference rooms and digital signage installations. The switching and metering power solutions enable rebooting (power cycling) of media controllers and servers, reducing power consumption of standby devices, and monitoring AV installations.

With the integration of GUDE’s Expert Power Control product line, URC products can now automate environments with higher energy efficiency and security. In practice, URC’s Total Control allows end users to power on, power off or reboot devices such as media players, streaming boxes or routers.

The combination of the two powerful products allows for unified and intelligent control of commercial and residential buildings for URC’s and GUDE’s customers.

Key benefits:
  • Unified operation – GUDE’s Power Distribution Units enable simple and secure control and automation within URC’s Total Control system.
  • Customization to user preferences – Setting multiple rooms, zones or devices. Total Control’s simple user interface allows for easy customization including power management and distribution.
  • Secure remote access for dealers – Within a secure environment and with end-user approval, the integration allows dealers remote access for troubleshooting, monitoring or adjustment.
  • Energy efficiency monitoring – Integrated energy meters in the IP power switches enable precise measurement of power consumption and exploitation of energy-saving potential. The result: lower electricity costs and more sustainable operations.
  • Operational resilience – Power cycling (rebooting) of connected devices helps applications get back on their feet. This can be done either automatically via monitoring routines or remotely via URC’s Total Control.


Professional installations, thanks to the new integration, can be controlled by user-defined scenes in which actions such as activating lighting and starting AV equipment take place. For the customer, this integration is easily and conveniently done via the URC user interface on touchscreen or remote control. URC products can be purchased through vendor AWE.

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

“We are proud to work with URC and AWE to offer true turnkey solutions with our premium PDUs made in Germany. This is really good news for all smart home owners, integrators and resellers who aim to save service costs and increase operational reliability,” confirms Philipp Gude, CSO of GUDE Systems.

About GUDE

GUDE has been a manufacturer of innovative audiovisual and IT equipment for over 30 years. The family-owned company’s quality products optimize and expand infrastructures such as those found in network, server and media cabinets. The Cologne-based company’s product portfolio includes power distribution units (PDUs), LAN sensors and time servers. The solutions are designed and manufactured in Germany to meet customers’ quality requirements for AV and IT infrastructure performance. The company’s mission: to delight customers and save time integrating products for AV and IT professionals.

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 ControlÒ and Complete ControlÒ. Innovative URC user interfaces include tabletop controllers, in-wall touch screens, handheld remotes, keypads, and mobile apps – plus voice control integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Comcast Xfinity. 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.

About AWE

Based in Epsom, Surrey and with over 85 years in business, AWE is the leading UK distributor to some of the custom installation trade’s highest quality brands. These include the exclusive distribution of URC Total Control and Complete Control home automation systems. AWE is acknowledged as setting the standard in CI for customer service with award-winning training, technical support and competitive pricing. AWE introduced its Smart Home Academy in 2014 to ensure that there is a training course available for a range of industry professionals, from the custom install newcomer to the veteran integrator.