Notin selects Research Frontiers' SPD SmartGlass as standard equipment

Research Frontiers licensee Vision Systems has announced that Notin, manufacturer of motorhomes and campers, has selected Visions Systems' Nuance brand of SPD-SmartGlass for the skylight of Notin's Angara luxury motorhome. The SPD-Smart skylight is standard equipment on the Angara. Production and shipments of the Angara are scheduled to commence in 2012.

The Angara's SPD-Smart skylight is made with polycarbonate substrates and measures 90cm by 60cm (35.4" by 23.6", the predominant size of motorhome skylights offered in Europe. In addition to providing natural daylighting, variable shading and thermal comfort, the skylight is operable and can be opened to provide ventilation. A control system supplied by Vision Systems regulates the tint of the SPD-Smart skylight, which offers a wide range of light transmission from clear to very dark.

To see the SPD-Smart skylight on the Angara, please view the video.

The Heki brand of skylight from Dometic is used on the Angara. Dometic is a leading supplier of skylights for the motorhome market with products sold in nearly 100 countries. Final assembly of the Angara's skylight with SPD-Smart technology is done by Vision Systems.

"We are very pleased that Notin has selected our SPD-Smart Nuance product for the Angara motorhome's skylight," commented Carl Putman, CEO of Vision Systems. "This skylight is innovative and functional, and is a wonderful complement to the many fine features of the Angara. It marks the first worldwide application of SPD-Smart Nuance for a production motorhome."

The SPD-equipped Angara from Notin was first presented in October 2011 at the 46th Salon de Vehicules de Loisirs exhibition in Paris, France.

SPD-Smart light-control technology offers a more comfortable and energy efficient alternative to conventional skylights and window shades of motorhomes. With Vision Systems' SPD-Smart Nuance skylight, the motorhome operator can instantly and uniformly control the level of light, glare and heat entering the Angara's interior.

Established in 1921, Notin Camping-Cars is a manufacturer of premium motorhomes that exhibit exceptional comfort, safety and efficiency.

Vision Systems' SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis windows offer instant and precise light-control at every level which provides original equipment manufacturers and private vehicle operators with a solar protection solution that enhances comfort and supports fuel efficiency. These electronically dimmable windows, roof shades and partitions are impact-resistant, completely silent, available in flat and curved surfaces, and can be controlled automatically or by passengers.

Vision Systems is a first tier system supplier to the automotive and aeronautics industries. Based in France for more than 70 years, the company has 210 employees. Details about Vision Systems and their SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis transportation products can be found in the automotive section of the company's website. Vision Systems also is very active in the aerospace sector. Its SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis aerospace window shades have been featured this year at leading industry trade events by aerospace OEMs Bombardier and HondaJet.