Lutron – Athena Wireless Processor

March 1, 2023

Lutron has introduced the Athena wireless processor to its Athena lighting control system. The new processor is right-sized for smaller spaces, and yet easily scalable for use in larger projects. With the Athena wireless processor, Athena systems do not require panels, and work with a wide range of both wireless and wired devices, saving electrical closet space and giving designers, architects, and engineers greater flexibility.

Design professionals have come to expect increased versatility from the building systems they use. As the latest enhancement to Lutron’s Athena lighting control system, the Athena wireless processor empowers designers and their clients with tools that support future-proof lighting systems, and insights that drive efficient business decisions.

The Athena system has been designed to bring a connected lighting solution for smarter spaces and more human centric experiences, and now the Athena wireless processor expands system capabilities to enhance the simplicity, value and flexibility of projects.

Ideal for both small, luxury boutique applications and large office projects, the Athena wireless processor makes Lutron Athena the most complete, versatile, Ketra-ready control system for your most innovative and sustainable projects. Each Athena wireless processor can easily marry third-party fixtures and Ketra in the same application, layering in any control strategy – occupancy, vacancy, and daylight sensors, as well as touchscreens, keypads, and Pico wireless remotes all in a single control package.

With the Athena wireless processor and its advanced software and app control, designers can exceed clients’ expectations while respecting their budgets and schedules. The single-device processor combines all the Athena cloud-connected benefits and features and does not require separate Lutron panels or hubs. System software, controls, shades, and drivers can now communicate wirelessly to the Athena system, increasing design flexibility, minimising required closet space, and delivering a cloud-connected solution.

The Athena wireless processor complements system enhancements introduced in late 2022 to make Athena systems even more capable.

Athena wireless node is an ultra-small, individual, wireless fixture control packed with technology to ensure you can easily and quickly adjust light settings by fixture, zone, or a combination of both. With this new option, the Athena system can be wired and/or wireless and controlled with granularity down to the individual fixture.

Athena dashboard is an analytical software that visualises complex occupancy and energy data in intuitive reports and makes them easily accessible to inform business decisions and occupant-friendly lighting adjustments. Designed to be cloud-connected, the Athena dashboard offers automatic and continuous updates.

The upgraded, cloud-connected Athena system allows designers to do more with a single system and expands data-analytic capabilities. Ongoing Athena system enhancements support the need for connected solutions that deliver building management insights, simplify ongoing system adjustments, and continue to add value over time.

In an era when building technology can struggle to keep pace with innovation, connected Athena systems receive regular software updates, ensuring the system gains functionality and capability over time.

Chris Udall, Senior Product Manager at Lutron, said: “The beautiful thing about the new Athena wireless processor is its ability to serve a wide range of space types; it is equally at home in smaller, boutique applications and large, multi-story office buildings. Regardless of the application, all the software and analytical features are at your fingertips. The new processor delivers a cloud-connected Athena solution without taking up closet space or requiring new wiring.”

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