Kramer Control has been revealed at InfoComm 2016, bringing with it a new comprehensive, cloud-based solution for control and analytics in any commercial Pro AV environment.
Kramer Control lets users navigate to any room in an organisation and control AV systems, infrastructures and devices, including Kramer wireless collaboration products, audio products and systems, thermostats, HVAC, lights, shades, alarms, security, video conferencing and more at a fraction of the time and cost.
Based on a distributed architecture, Kramer Control promises unprecedented agility and scalability, catering to a single room or large global enterprise with the same ease of use.
The platform’s combination of software, hardware and cloud is the result of years of research and development, an effort that received funding from the Israel-United States Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation.
“Kramer Control is a major breakthrough, introducing the most cutting-edge modern technologies into a world that has not changed for years,” says Aviv Ron, VP business development and strategy at Kramer.
“The difference is in the architecture and extensive cloud leveraging, which translates to value for both the user and installer – from the ease of use in the build and admin functions and end-user experience in a room to data capture and analytics reporting.”
The Kramer Control Platform is made up of three modules: Manager, Builder and Analytics Dashboard, with options for public, private or hybrid cloud implementation.
The Manager is used for defining project content and scope, e.g., building layout, floors, rooms, etc. The first-of-its-kind cloud-based Builder lets users create, edit and configure room control systems from anywhere in the world. With access to a dynamic library of pre-installed smart device drivers, users can drag-and-drop any device imaginable without any prior programing knowledge. This saves both integrators and end-users significant time and cost.
The Analytics Dashboard (powered by Kramer Network) is another industry-first, automatically gathering all control data and generating actionable business analytics such as device health and performance, room usage, operational efficiency, energy usage, and more. Data gathering is optional and can be disabled or enabled based on user preference.
On site, Smart Units are the heart of the solution. Powered by innovative software technology called a “Brain,” Smart Units provide bi-directional control of any device, the Manager, Builder, and Dashboard with universal I/O ports. The solution supports industry standards such as IR, serial RS-232, relays and GPIO.
Upon installation, Smart Units can automatically connect to the Cloud and seamlessly sync for updates in real time. They also update themselves whenever new updates become available.
Users can control Smart Units via a customisable interface on a dedicated Kramer Control touch panel, any 3rd-party tablet, or over the Web with BYOD. Kramer says that the solution’s non-hierarchical distributed architecture of standalone Smart Units ensures the system will remain up and running in the case of any single point of failure.