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FSR Launches Room Control, New Ceiling Boxes

FSR is gearing up to launch Flex, a touchscreen control system designed for classrooms and meeting rooms. FSR will demonstrate the new controller this week during InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas.

FSR is gearing up to launch Flex, a touchscreen control system designed for classrooms and meeting rooms. FSR will demonstrate the new controller this week during InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas.

The Flex self-contained control system offers features designed to accommodate K-12 classrooms, university lecture halls, boardrooms, and conference rooms, according to the company. The unit mounts to a wall or sits on a desk. According to the company, the user can choose what source is being displayed, change the volume, control the various sources, turn light on and off, and raise or lower the shades or screen. A built-in scheduler can automatically shut off displays and alert the support staff of issues such as an elevated lamp life.

FSR says it will offer the Flex-Able configuration utility, which features a drag-and-drop programming method to maximize system capabilities. Flex-Able reportedly eases device control by offering IR libraries or a Flex-IR learner for when libraries are not available. Serial libraries can be entered in either ASCII or Hex.

There will be two models available. The Flex-LT-100 features include a 3.5-inch color LCD touch screen, a built-in clock and calendar, multicommand scripting, two serial ports, and two IR ports. The Flex-LT100+ has the additional features of an Ethernet port, Power over Ethernet (PoE), two more serial ports, two more IR ports, four GPIO ports, and an analog input.

FSR is also debuting several new ceiling box models. The CB-12 is designed for classrooms and provides an external AC receptacle facing the room in a 2-foot-by-1-foot enclosure. It features four additional unswitched AC receptacles inside the enclosure, two shelves to mount two half-rack-sized controllers or AV equipment, and knockouts for wiring. The CB-12P ceiling enclosure with projector pole mount adds an industry-standard 1.5-inch NPRT fitting to hang a projector weighing up to 25 pounds.

The CB-22 ceiling enclosure works well in classrooms, meeting rooms, or other areas equipped with a projector and control equipment. The enclosure measures 2 feet by 2 feet to provide two full rack spaces of equipment or four half-rack-sized pieces on the built-in shelf. The unit includes an external AC receptacle and a switch/circuit breaker on the ceiling surface, and five AC outlets ergonomically placed to allow room for wall warts inside the enclosure, says the company. Like the CB-12P, the CB-22P models offers a 1.5-inch NPT fitting that supports a projector of up to 25 pounds.

The CB-22S smart ceiling enclosure features an energy-saving, built-in auto-sensor that discerns the power state of the projector and shuts down the remaining receptacles when the projector is turned off, thereby reducing power consumption. The unit also includes two monitored unswitched outlets, with one on the ceiling's surface for projector power.

Mounting kit options are available for all ceiling box models.

 


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