From simple to WOW!

Control systems offer simplicity, efficiency, and productivity, allowing for easy control over the systems in a given room or space.  Understanding that today’s technology rich presentation facilities include systems that the average person would not normally have a clue how to run, state-of-the-art control systems make even the novice look like a genius.

 Corporate board rooms, hotel meeting rooms, church sanctuaries and fellowship halls, and classrooms and auditoriums, can be set up to control presentation equipment, cue up audio and video systems for company presentations, projectors, screens, Blu Ray, microphones, cameras, and initiate a video conference call, all through a Touch Screen Panel.  In addition, the perfect light setting can be created, motorized draperies can be opened and closed, and proper climate can be adjusted as needed.  

In larger auditoriums or theater-style presentation facilities, it is important to manage the challenges that come with large presentation venues. Control systems can automate the acoustics and sound systems, microphones, cameras, lighting, and other equipment involved with a speaker’s presentation, projecting the speaker’s message to the audience, allowing audience interaction, and the climate of multiple areas or zones of an auditorium.

In an address to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., at the institution's 139th Annual Meeting held April 30, 2002, United States Secretary of State Colin L. Powell took the podium and said,

 “It's a great pleasure to be here with you this morning. And I've got a state-of-the-art lectern here, which is what I would expect coming over here. The reason it is so large is not that my speech is so large; it's that there are all kinds of computers and screens and other things here that I am so tempted to start touching and pushing. (Laughter).”

Before him stood a state-of-the-art lectern, complete with an AMX® 10.4-inch Color Active Flush Mount Touch Panel, adjustable microphones and lamps, a 17-inch computer screen, a keyboard, an incline wall plate to position a laptop computer, and a drawer that keeps a pitcher of water and glasses.  This is the way it should be – complete control over all systems in a given room and no need for a full-time A/V technician to be available for every meeting.

While not everyone can afford the touch screen control panels, there are many other methods of simple control that we have used in retirement communities, hotels, and churches.  For example, in the Conference Center of Charlestown Retirement Community that seats approximately 1,000 people.  The control room is in the back of the room and the room is kept locked.  From a small panel on the wall near the presenter, the projection screen can be lowered with the projector being turned on, the video source can be selected to show the Presenter’s Laptop image, and the volumes of the sound system can be control up and down separately for the computer audio and the microphones.  No one even needs a key to the control closet – simple control mechanisms do it all.  Did I mention that the presenter was 85 years old?

Control systems allow for great technology to be used by the common man without hassle or having to wait on someone with training to be present.  Just make sure you use a quality company to do the engineering and installation!