AV Control Systems
Feb 25, 2013 4:08 PM, By Bennett Liles
Flagship of the Elan HC controller line of entertainment-based systems, the HC-12 can be used with the TS2 Touchpad, TS7, and TS10 touchscreens, as well as the HR2 handheld remote and it has a built-in two channel audio server capability. The unit can stream music, record IP security cameras, and control AV switches and sources with its 250GB internal storage capacity. The enclosure fits a single rack space or it can be used in a freestanding style. The unit supports two phone lines and eight voicemail boxes with optional USB modems. It also features on-board IR generation and decoding along with relay control.
Extron has recently introduced the TLM 100T, an iPad mount designed to securely fix an iPad on a conference room table. The mount is designed for use with 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation iPads running an Extron control app or being used as a presentation video source. Included are security fasteners that can be locked to prevent theft. A discrete cable management system allows iPad adapter and charging cables to be routed through the adjustable and removable base. It is also VESA mountable and it can be paired with an optional Extron SMA-1 Swivel Mount Adapter to enable the iPad to rotate.
The FLEX-LT200 from FSR combines the 3.5in. diagonal color touchpanel interface with the control processor in a single unit providing an IP link, four serial ports along with four IR connections, each of which can support four IR emitters connected in series and there are four I/O ports for AV device control. The controller also features a USB port and the Ethernet connection supports PoE to simplify power wiring. Remote activation can be done through DC voltage applied to an analog port on the controller. The built-in clock and scheduler can be used to automatically shut down displays and other devices that have been left on. The Flex-Able configuration utility allows simple drag-and-drop programming.
Hall Research designed the VSA-51 digital AV room control system as a complete solution for K-12 classrooms and conference rooms with its embedded software and browser-based access. The central unit accepts up to five input sources including two VGA, two composite, and one HDMI. It switches these into a single flat-screen monitor or projector along with accompanying audio. The VSA-51 also incorporates contact closures and RS-232 serial control ports. The product includes wall-mounting plates and there is a built-in audio amplifier that can power two 20W speakers.
The ECS-Raptor from HRS Control incorporates the UDC Pro Embedded Control Server for networked control of AV devices in addition to its four RS232 serial ports. It can be configured in HRS Control’s UDC Software leaving the Raptor for permanent installs. Free UDC configuration software can be upgraded to UDC Pro software for faster configuration and debugging the control system on the fly. An iPad can be used as the touch control interface with the HRS Control Pro iOS app available in the Apple App Store. The HRS Control Pro app can also be run on a Windows tablet or in wall-mount touchscreens and any device with a browser can be used as the controller. The Raptor is 1RU in height and ½ rack width while keeping power consumption to an absolute minimum with its low power design. It ships with an optional shelf for rackmounting.
Providing maximum functionality in a minimal package, the Kramer Electronics SL-10 master room controller offers a wide range of ports including two general purpose I/O, two bi-directional RS-232, an RS-485, five relays, one IR input, three IR outputs, and a USB port for loading configuration files. It can also learn IR commands from any remote and three of the units can be mounted side by side in a single rack space. Front panel status LEDs signal activity on each port while realtime control and monitoring are connected via RJ-45 and handled with Kramer’s Site-CTRL software application, which allows central management for up to 100 master controllers.
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