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XANTECH PRODUCTS CHOSEN FOR ATHLETIC FACILITY
A/V SYSTEM AT FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE
— State of the art squash courts get state of the art technology
in the form of easy-to-use Xantech touchscreens based around the CRMWIC
Commercial Room Monitor/Web Intelligent Controller, whose sophisticated
features let users do more for less —
INFOCOMM, ORLANDO, FL, June 17, 2009 —
One of oldest institutions of higher education in the U.S., with origins
dating back to the 18th century, Franklin & Marshall College in
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, provides its 2,100 students with a well-rounded
liberal arts program, one that lives up to the legacies of both the
school’s namesakes, Benjamin Franklin and revered former Supreme
Court Chief Justice John Marshall. The school also prides itself on
its athletic programs, and when it wanted to add a layer of advanced
A/V technology for its squash courts, it turned to Xantech Commercial,
a global leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution
for 40 years, for advanced yet cost-effective solutions. The equipment
was sold and installed by B&B Communications (www.bandbcomm.com),
also located in Lancaster, which for 35 years has been serving the audio,
video and telecommunications needs of business, educational, healthcare
and religious institutions throughout Pennsylvania as well as parts
of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. B&B Technician Dennis Heim
completed the rackfilling, wiring and programming of the Xantech equipment.
The project was completed in early April 2009.
The College sought to add video recording capability to
each of its five championship-level squash courts, with a separate camera
and DVD recorder for each one. Signal from these recorders would also
be converted to an IP format and be able to be streamed to other locations
on campus. Furthermore, the school also wanted to enable users to plug
their own portable music devices, such as an iPod, into the courts’
audio system and add the ability to interface a wireless microphone
system for announcements. The most efficient way to accomplish all of
this was to create a sophisticated routing matrix that would be intuitively
accessible by a wide range of users. That’s where Xantech technology
solutions came in.
“We needed to be able to tie all levels of control
together into a single touchscreen interface,” explains Jeff Tate,
Sales Engineer at B&B Communications. The solution centered on a
Xantech CSPLCD64GW 6.4-inch Commercial Touchscreen Display, programmed
to control and manage the entire A/V system. This is tied to a Xantech
Commercial RS2321x8 1X8 (Eight-Channel) Addressable Serial Router, which
links to all five cameras and DVD recorders. Attached to this is the
Xantech Commercial CRMWIC Commercial Room Monitor/Web Intelligent Controller,
used to communicate via IP connectivity with a Biamp Nexia DSP unit
and Extron matrix switcher. Rounding out the system is a Xantech Commercial
RS422232 “RS422 to RS232 Module” converter unit that converts
the RS2321x8 router’s four RS422 outputs to the RS232 format.
“The RS2321x8 was the ideal choice since the runs on the project
were all relatively local,” Tate explains.
He adds that B&B’s past experience with Xantech
Commercial systems was a major reason they chose them for this project.
“For what we need to do here, the Xantech equipment gave us a
degree of sophistication for which you’d otherwise have to spend
far more money to achieve – it’s very cost-effective technology,”
he says. But it was also B&B’s focus on the customer that
made Xantech a great choice. “The ‘simplicity of use’
matters tremendously to the end user,” Tate observes. “Franklin
& Marshall College now gets a high level of functionality and performance
on their touchscreen, and students and faculty can execute complex commands
to the system with the touch of a single macro. It’s a great system
to work with and a great system to use.”
For more information on Xantech’s full range of
commercial products, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.
Photo File 1: XantechComm_FranklinMarshall1.JPG
Photo Caption 1: Audio-visual gear at Franklin & Marshall College’s
squash courts facility, featuring products from Xantech Commercial.
Photo File 2: XantechComm_FranklinMarshall2.JPG
Photo Caption 2: Franklin & Marshall College’s squash courts,
which recently received an A/V upgrade featuring products from Xantech
About B&B Communications
B&B Communications has been serving the Audio, Video and Telecommunications
needs of business, educational, healthcare and religious institutions
throughout Pennsylvania and in parts of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey
since 1974. All of their customers, from small owner-operated businesses
to Fortune 500 companies, receive the same attention to detail and service
upon which they have built they reputation for quality and excellence.
For more information, please visit www.bandbcomm.com or contact B&B
Communications at 971 Ranck Mill Road, Lancaster, PA 17602. Phone: 717-295-5555
/ Toll Free 800-390-7170. Fax: 717-295-5566. Email: mail@BandBComm.com.
About Xantech Commercial
A leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution
for 40 years, Xantech first pioneered and patented the idea of remote
control extension systems in 1983. Over 2,000,000 of these systems have
now been installed worldwide. Because of Xantech’s innovation
and reputation, they have become the first choice of thousands of installers
worldwide. Xantech’s program of continuous product development
and improvement has resulted in a number of industry firsts, including
the first in-wall infrared receiver module, the first peephole infrared
receiver module, the first infrared sender amplifier and the first learning
in-wall IR based keypad.
Xantech Commercial expands upon this foundation to bring
new opportunities to the commercial field, providing scalable, user-friendly,
and cost-effective audio/video control and distribution solutions. Xantech’s
experience and expertise developed over the past 20 years has given
them a unique insight into the challenges of multi-room control and
distribution systems, as well as the needs of the professional installer
For additional information about Xantech and its innovative
products, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.
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