Philips Dynalite presents the GRMSPLUS, the latest element of its new guest room management system designed to complement the existing GRMS10 solution for the mid-range hotel room automation market.

Focussing on energy management, automation and occupancy comfort, GRMSPLUS is targeted squarely at high-end hotel room applications. Providing out-of-the-box functionality for the hospitality segment, GRMSPLUS delivers cost-savings to the end-user by minimising hardware and costly commissioning requirements, as well as through optimised operational expenses.

The application range of the DDMC-GRMSPLUS system goes beyond hotel room applications towards the control of boardroom, classroom or residential apartment applications.

Explaining the differences between the two solutions, Philips Dynalite Global Product Manager, Daniel Walker says that where GRMS10 is a standalone switching unit, capable of receiving dry-contact inputs from traditional pushbutton panels, GRMSPLUS is designed to integrate with a hotel’s Building Management System (BMS) and make use of network user interfaces, facilitating remote monitoring and control of the lighting and automation systems within the hotel room.

Based on the very successful architecture of the DDMC802 multipurpose controller, GRMSPLUS has actually been completely redesigned for hotel room applications. The result is the DDMC-GRMSPLUS controller, which incorporates five dimming channels and an additional three relay channels for non-dimmed lighting groups. A power relay channel for isolating power outlets to eliminate standby current consumption, two directional motor controls for blinds or privacy screens and a DMX output to support colour-changing lights are also provided.

The DDMC-GRMSPLUS controller also features two Dynet communication ports; while one communicates with the control panels or other network devices within the room, the second integrates with the BMS. Walker explains the unit can be preconfigured in the factory for a project’s particular requirements, enabling a simple plug-and-play operation with no need for onsite commissioning - an accessible dipswitch package allows the installer to allocate the room number so that it can be identified by the BMS.

This capability allows updates on demand regarding the status of the room, such as ‘Do Not Disturb’ or ‘Make Up Room’, and also enables lighting scenes and room temperature to be set remotely to welcome the guest with the perfect ambience. Moreover, the BMS integration enables the room controls to be integrated with fire alarm systems in the hotel.

GRMSPLUS uses Antumbra panels as its default user interface, offering a distinctive and opulent edge at an extremely competitive price point. 

Walker adds that the network abilities of GRMSPLUS allows Dynalite to now offer a complete control package to hotels covering public areas as well as guest rooms, all controlled through a single system.