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Rotech Installs Intelix Audio/Video over Cat 5 Baluns

Middleton, WI–Rotech System Integration, a professional audio/video integrator based in Keyport, New Jersey, recently completed a commercial video installation for a leading pharmaceutical company corporate headquarters using Intelix extension technology.

“Our client required seven high-definition televisions installed, but required that all of the audio and video sources be located in the server room which was over 200 feet away,” explains Rotech General Manager James FitzGibbon. “We immediately turned to Intelix.”

The installation included audio/video distribution into several separate areas: the main conference room, a second smaller conference room, the main lobby, as well as the owner‘s main office, executive kitchen and pantry, and private onsite bedroom.

“Considering the facility was 100,000 square feet, the cost of traditional RGBHV plenum cable was prohibitive,” explains Mr. FitzGibbon. “Instead, we chose Intelix baluns and plenum Cat 5e for the distribution of HDTV, CCTV, and VGA throughout the facility.”

In the main conference room, Rotech installed one 52” Sony Bravia XBR 3 LCD television and DVD player. The DVD player was located in a local cabinet for quick, easy access. A Yamaha receiver and high-definition satellite receiver dedicated to the room was in installed in the rack-room. Audio and video to and from the receiver was routed over Intelix AVO-V3AD-F component video baluns and AVO-A2-F stereo audio baluns.

“Interestingly, on the AVO-V3AD-F balun we were not using the digital audio RCA jack,” explains Mr. FitzGibbon. “We thought we would get creative, so to control the televisions by IR we took IR emitters and soldered on male RCA ends and connected it to the digital audio RCA connection on the balun. The idea was to send both component video and IR commands to the TV in one product. We tested this setup in our office during engineering to check for proper operation and it worked like a champ. This setup was obviously a concern, because a month or so after our installation Intelix released their component video with IR balun–the AVO-V3PT-F.”

Rotech provided a similar configuration in the owner‘s main executive office, the main difference being one Sony 46” XBR 3 LCD television instead of the 52”. In both areas, video from a local computer was routed over Intelix VGA-HR-F baluns to the televisions. An additional AVO-A2-F stereo audio balun was provided should audio be required along with the VGA.

Throughout the facility, Rotech installed AMX 5” and 7” touch panels for control.

In all of the areas, Rotech chose televisions based on the environment. In the second conference room, Rotech installed one 40” Sony XBR 3 LCD television. In the executive kitchen, Rotech installed one 40” Sony XBR 3 LCD television. A second television, a 26” LG LCD, was installed in the pantry. In the onsite bedroom, Rotech installed one 40” Sony XBR 3 LCD television. In the owner‘s main executive office, Rotech installed one Sony 46” XBR 3 LCD TV. All of the audio and video from to these destinations were routed over Intelix AVO-V3AD-F and AVO-A2-F baluns.

To increase the comfort of waiting clients, Rotech also installed one 40” Sony Bravia XBR 3 television in the main lobby. A DVD player running corporate advertisements was also tied into the television via Intelix baluns.

“Security was another necessary component to our installation,” explains Mr. FitzGibbon. “In both the main conference room and office, we provided security monitoring from two Dedicated Micros 16 Channel BX2 DVRs. It was extremely important that our client have the ability to view video from one or several of the 32 cameras installed throughout the facility.”

Rotech distributed the main monitor output from each Dedicated Micros DVR into a Key Digital distribution amplifier, which in turn was distributed into each rooms Yamaha receiver. The receivers provided the necessary up conversion from composite to component video. This video was then distributed to each television through Intelix AVO-V3AD-F component video and digital audio baluns.

To optimize installation and ensure a clean rack-room, Rotech chose two Middle Atlantic ERK racks, as well as the Intelix DIN-RACK-KIT and AVO-CLIP balun rack mounting system. “The Intelix rack mounting system allowed for a quick, easy, and neat installation in the Middle Atlantic racks,” explains Mr. FitzGibbon.

Rotech neatly completed the installation using Extron Cable Cubby enclosures which housed 120 volt outlets, six LAN connections, a phone connection, VGA video and stereo audio, as well as pass through access for the wiring which supports the AMX touch panels.

“The installation went perfect and the Intelix product worked without any problems,” states Mr. FitzGibon. “The result was a great installation: both easy to install and extremely cost-effective for long distance video distribution where plenum cable was required.”

About Rotech System Integration. Rotech System Integration is a leading provider of audio, video, automation, lighting, and control systems, as well as advanced wiring infrastructure for both the residential and commercial markets. Rotech System Integration employs certified installers, designers and programmers, and is authorized dealers for many of the top brands within the industry. Rotech may be contacted by phone at 866-520-1588 or online at www.rotechsystem.com.

About Intelix. Intelix offers the broadest line of baluns in the professional AV marketplace, including solutions for multiple formats of audio and video, VGA, DVI, HDMI, USB, and PS2. In addition to baluns, Intelix manufactures an extensive line of serial controlled mic/line, matrix, room-combine, and automatic mixers. Complete product information is available from the Intelix web site, www.intelix.com, or by calling 1-866-4-MATMIX.

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