[AG-TECH] Tandberg Control panel

Gary Refka grefka at insors.com
Mon Jan 14 09:42:52 CST 2002


We haven't played with the Tandberg Panel but have had some tech-talks with
A/V firms that use AMX type panels.  They are pretty nice but expensive to
purchase and costly to install.  From what we saw they didn't seem to add
enough value for the money for the average Grid node.  They may be
appropriate though for a very high end location that will also serve other
functions like the conference room you mentioned. Most of these systems
allow you to control all aspects of the room - lighting, camera,
projections, sound, drapes/curtains, etc - but require that the items to be
controlled use devices that work with the companies panel.  That's were it
gets expensive.

If you are looking to add camera control, the Sony and Cannon cameras have
software which can run on the display machine to control the cameras.  They
connect up using a visca control cable in series through the cameras which
then connects back into the serial port on the display machine or other.
The cameras are IDed by the system and controlled individually, or through
presets, by the software.  It's actually pretty slick and the cost is pretty

Gary A. Refka
INSORS Integrated Communications, Inc.
111 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1412
Chicago, IL 60604
Email: grefka at insors.com
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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov]On
Behalf Of David E. Bernholdt
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 9:03 AM
To: Satish Devarapalli
Cc: ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov; bernholdtde at ornl.gov
Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Tandberg Control panel

On Fri, 11 Jan 2002 19:40:19 -0600  Satish Devarapalli wrote:
> Has any used Tandberg Control Panel to control the cameras we use in AG.

I am not directly familiar with the Tandberg control panel (though
I've seen one), but my guess is that it uses AMX, an industry standard
protocol for the control of A/V, lighting, etc. which is widely used
in high-end conference rooms, lecture halls, etc.

As AG becomes a more established and widespread tool, I expect that
integration of AMX interface capabilities into AG would be interesting
for some customers.  For example: we're building some new buildings
here shortly, and there will be a couple of connference rooms and
lecture rooms which would be good candidates for AG nodes (not clear
how many we'll have) and also good candidates to have AMX control
systems (I don't know exactly what's planned in this respect).  It
would be nice if they could all play nicely together.

On the other hand, given its nature, I suspect that AMX integration is
more likely to come from A/V vendors who supply conference room
systems and become interested in AG as an addition to their product
line rather than the research community that currently dominates AG

Just my opinion.
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