AV Control Systems Technology Showcase
Feb 23, 2011 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles
The RU2-CS1 serial controlled interface from Radio Design Labs (RDL) provides eight open collector outputs and eight separate 0V-to-10V outputs for VCAs and other voltage-controlled devices. Computer-connected through an RS-232 port, the unit can work with a terminal program or from user software that applies commands listed in the manual. The controlling PC may be located some distance away from the interface hardware by using a pair of RDL RU-SC2 modules. The front panel features eight control output indicator LEDs, eight input status lights, RS-232 transmit/receive lights, command validity indication, and a power LED. The unit's 24VDC power may be supplied by an external supply on either a DC power jack or on the rear terminal strip.
Equipped with a color 10.2in. TFT widescreen LCD touchscreen, the new RK10 in-wall controller from RTI began shipping in December with an Intel Atom processor and 1GB RAM onboard. The controller runs Windows Embedded Standard OS and includes cabling options for one RS-232 serial port, one RS-232/RS-485/RS-422 port, four USB 2.0 ports, one VGA port, and field-upgradable firmware. Gigabit Ethernet connectivity is enabled through RJ-45 and 802.11b/g wireless. The unit may be wall-mounted or bracket-mounted using the rear VESA-compliant screw holes, and the user interface is fully programmable with RTI's Integration Designer software. When used with RTI accessory devices, the RK-10 is capable of two-way control, and it can access motion JPEG video from security cameras, download Internet data, and control AV hard drive servers.
The Large Chassis Smart Panel SP2-CHAS from SP Controls consists of a base system controller frame that can be fitted with up to four user-selected input modules in a variety of connector types to suit the combination of AV gear to be controlled. The panel also provides power controls and status displays for any compatible projector, a volume control, and an Ethernet patch point. The projector control may be either RS-232 or IR. Four configurable 500mA control relays are switched with the source selection and three are switched when projector power changes. The unit also has a serial configuration port, and a free configuration software utility is provided.
The MRX-1 network base station from Universal Remote Control (URC) is an Ethernet-enabled controller with a variety of ports for connection to AV devices including one relay NC/NO/COM terminal, two RS-232 ports, six adjustable IR connections (URC emitters included), and video or voltage sensing. The unit is designed for networked operation with the KP-4000 in-wall IP controller for operation of AV components, energy monitoring devices, HVAC, iPods, whole-house lighting, and URC's PSX-2 personal server. The KP-4000 may be powered either by a PoE switch or a PoE injector for using power and data on the same twisted-pair cable. A third power option is available using external 12VDC. The MRX-1 uses external 12VDC only.
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