AV Control Systems
Feb 23, 2012 2:44 PM, By Bennett Liles
For ease of installation, FSR fitted a 3.5in. color touchpanel on the FLEX-LT100 with an integral control processor that can be podium or wall mounted. The controller features two serial ports, two IR ports with learning capability from device remotes and a built-in clock with scheduler. Simple drag-and-drop configuration is done with the Flex-Able software utility, which includes IR and serial driver libraries along with direct serial command entry in ASCII or Hex. A mini-B USB port can power the unit during configuration and firmware updates. The FLEX-LT200 adds two more IR and serial ports and can run on PoE through its Ethernet port.
Control mobility is a key feature in the VSA-51 control system from Hall Research. It consists of the VSA-UI-DP user interface button panel, a variety of single gang decora plate input connectors for AV devices and the VSA-51-R receiver/switcher with its integrated audio amplifier. The receiver has HDMI, VGA and composite video outputs for the display and accepts AV signals from the input wall plates on UTP lines. Control is available for a second serial device and is extended through two programmable GPIO ports. The Ethernet-connected VSA-51-R also features a theft detection circuit with automatic notification and panel lockout with an inactivity timer and the unit is accessible from any PC, iPhone, iPad or Android device.
The UDC Touch from High Resolution Systems is a 10in. Ethernet-connected touchpanel that can use UDC Software to present a custom user interface for a variety of third-party display devices, including the Vista Systems Spyder. Used for Christie projectors, it can read lamp hours and control up to 40 projectors in groups. Lightware matrix routers and other devices can also be operated with the UDC Touch interface units. Employing the Web Server feature of the software, the UDC Touch unit can control dozens of devices simultaneously. The panel can also run on an embedded system without the UDC software and requires no computer.
For applications in which a centrally located AV control processor must be operated wirelessly, Kramer Electronics offers the SL-12 master room controller with twin hard wired IR inputs for sensors triggered with handheld IR remotes. The unit features four general-purpose I/O ports configurable as analog or digital inputs or as digital outputs. In addition there are four bi-directional RS-232 ports and eight relay contact closures along with one RS-485 serial connection. The SL-12 connects for central control and monitoring on Ethernet with Kramer-Site CTRL software and it has a USB port for local configuration uploads. The front panel has an array of LED status indicators.
Known for big show control gear, Medialon also offers the 1RU Showmaster ST for small to medium shows along with boardrooms, classrooms, courtrooms, and other less complex control environments. With the free Showmaster Editor software, the unit can be configured for conditional scenarios, multiple device synchronization and timed sequence AV operation. Included in the software are WebPanels that make it easy to create custom user interfaces through a simple drag-and-drop programming interface and publish those screens on the network as web pages. Any web browser can interact with WebPanels, including browsers on iPads and Android tablets. The unit has four serial ports, 16 digital inputs and outputs, MIDI in/out, DMX in/out and an Ethernet port.
The ButtonMate XLP from Mediatech enables serial and IR control of local AV devices with a very simple installation and setup using a Windows-based software utility. The single gang wall panel features backlit buttons in seven selectable colors and it includes a built-in IR learner and emitter. The panel is connected to AV gear on Cat-5 cable through an included breakout adapter and each button can be programmed to carry out a sequence of commands. The unit also provides audible button feedback and security code access protection combined with a second configurable RS232 port for control expansion or an add-on LAN module.
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