Harman Updates HiQnet System Architect
Harman Professional Systems Development and Integration Group (SDIG) introduced HiQnet System Architect Version 2.3, which it says significantly improves the performance, functionality, and user interface of System Architect.
HiQnet System Architect 2.3
"SDIG is singularly committed to improving HiQnet System Architect on every criteria at every opportunity," said Adam Holladay, senior market manager for Harman SDIG, in a statement. "We regularly examine the user experience, the performance engine, and hardware integration, and we religiously seek out new ways to improve each. With version 2.3, our base of 30,000 registered HiQnet users will see advances in the look and feel of the software, the speed and efficiency of the software, and operational functionality."
HiQnet System Architect 2.3 includes an improved Custom Panel Designer, which makes it easier for integration professionals to create customized control interfaces that reflect system functionality and usage requirements in system setup and operation, company officials said. Improvements to the underlying design engine mean System Architect 2.3 is also faster. Performance for meter controls is also improved so panel designers have greater versatility to monitor larger numbers of devices simultaneously.
Also new in version 2.3 is a simplified access control configuration interface, which makes it easier to set up multiple user rights by providing a more immediate focus on the users, rather than the devices in the system. Harman said the redesigned interface will enhance the setup for when System Architect is used as the day-to-day operator's audio system control application with the Kiosk Mode feature launched previously in September of this year.
On hardware integration, Harman said the SDIG team has been working closely with engineering teams from Crown and Lexicon to improve HiQnet System Architect's support of their offerings. For instance, it now supports a momentary preset recall function for Crown amplifiers. When recalling amplifier presets from a contact closure, the systems integration professional can now set each amplifier to return the state it was in prior to recalling the preset once the contact closure input is reset.
In addition, Lexicon's PCM Series processors can now be integrated, programmed, and controlled using HiQnet System Architect.
"Today we seek to ensure [HiQnet] is evolutionary in the sense that it considers and incorporates developments in the network world, the software domain, the AV hardware manufacturing sector– within Harman and increasingly with non-Harman entities – and, of course, the systems integration community," Holladay said. "We're satisfied that HiQnet System Architect version 2.3 is comprehensive, cutting-edge, and very useful.
HiQnet System Architect version 2.3 can be downloaded free of charge from www.hiqnet.harmanpro.com.