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crmwic — Systems installer APA Music & Pictures employs Xantech Commercial products, offering considerably enhanced functionality, reliability and cost-effectiveness —

— Xantech technology assures that in the event of a crisis on campus, all audio systems in every classroom are automatically muted and emergency information comes through loud and clear —

iprs232SYLMAR, CA, April 8, 2010 — Innovative solutions from Xantech Corporation, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for 40 years, has enabled systems installer APA Music & Pictures to give their client Peirce College in Philadelphia a more highly functional emergency paging system than otherwise possible for its budget. The emergency audio system was the third phase of a larger project that saw APA Music & Pictures (based in Bensalem, Pennsylvania), under the design and direction of David Pedemonti – VP Sales & Production, install complete A/V systems in 30 classrooms and other spaces between Peirce College’s two campus buildings.

Nick Wyant, Lighting Designer, Master Electrician and Installer/Programmer at APA, looked for a way to enhance the functionality of the system when the college asked for additional features – including music distribution and room-specific functionality for individual classrooms. The solution was a combination of Xantech’s CRMWIC Commercial Room Monitor – Web Intelligent Controller, a stand-alone room controller providing dynamic RS232 feedback module from any RS232 device, and the IPRS232 XtraLink IP™, which enables the transmission of RS232, RS422 or RS485 serial commands over an existing IP network to a specific IP address utilizing Power-over-Ethernet (POE) transmission. A total of 28 IPRS232 XtraLink IP dongles are controlled by a single CRMWIC in this installation.

“In order to achieve this level of functionality, we had to be able to give each classroom and space its own IP address,? Wyant explains. “You’re not able to do that with standard serial routers. Then we discovered these Xantech products, and after a little experimentation we saw that we could give the client some really expanded capability at a very good price.? A computer in the college’s security control center can now control and broadcast music and other information to all or just selected classrooms and spaces, and still perform its core function of globally overriding any audio signals in any of the classrooms or spaces with emergency information. “Everyone was very happy with the way this turned out,? says Wyant, who notes that the system has performed very well for a year and a half now, underscoring the reliability of the Xantech equipment. “That’s a big part of being cost-effective – not only costing less as a product but also not adding to maintenance costs over time. It’s great gear.?

Xantech’s CRMWIC is a stand-alone room controller and also the “glue?-piece providing dynamic RS232 feedback module from any RS232 device for the Commercial CSPLCD TouchPanel displays. On its own, the Web Intelligent Controller is an event-driven component with two RS232 ports (configurable for RS422 and RS232) and a single IP port. The Event Manager is capable of Timed Events, Calendar Events, Telnet and Serial Events as well as a full FTP site, Web Server and Email Server. Used as a Room Controller for a presentation system, the Web-Intelligent Controller can automatically check the systems it is monitoring and email the information to the AV specialist responsible, when necessary. The IP port allows each room to be accessible on the facilities IP network for Status display, remote centralized control and remote diagnostics.

The IPRS232 XtraLink IP enables the transmission of RS232, RS422 or RS485 serial commands over an existing IP network to a specific IP address now with Power-over-Ethernet (POE) for streamlined installation. By allowing the use of an existing wired or wireless IP network, it offers new opportunities in installation and system flexibility, particularly in retrofitting older buildings, where new wire runs may not be practical. By combining the XtraLink IP with the Xantech Commercial CRMWIC, users can now have serial control and feedback from a multitude of devices, all over IP.

For more information, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.

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