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The Green Light - Tapping the Full Potential of LEDs

 
The Green Light - Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Table of Contents

  1. Tapping the full potential of LEDs
  2. Introducing GLS-OIR-C-CN, our latest innovation for energy-saving occupancy sensors
  3. Customer Quote
  4. Greenbuild® Expo
  5. Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls - Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
  6. LED Specifier Summit
  7. Strategies in Light 2014
  8. Resources

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Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Thanks to their excellent illumination, long life, white light quality, safety, and energy efficiency, most experts agree that LEDs will be the dominant lighting technology moving forward. But, I think designers, architects, and engineers will be surprised to learn how much more LEDs can do for their clients when paired with the right drivers, dimmers, and controls.

  • MORE Energy Savings
    LEDs are infinitely dimmable and controllable, offering even more energy savings. When you utilize dimming and controls, you ensure fixtures emit less heat over time, increasing energy savings and prolonging the lifecycle of LED lamps. 

   

Great primer of LED Lighting Terminology

  • MORE Intelligent Automation
    When LED controls are integrated with sensing controls, the result is a daylight harvesting solution that automatically optimizes light levels throughout the day with no adverse impact on the comfort of users within a space.
     

  • MORE Lighting Customization
    More is learned everyday about the science and application of adjusting light sources to enhance people’s moods, improve productivity, regulate Circadian rhythms and more. LEDs provide the unprecedented ability to dynamically adjust the temperature (or color) of the light in a space, significantly enhancing the designer’s ability to tune the mood of a room for different times of day.

     

What to know about LED dimmers, drivers, and controls
Not all dimmers, drivers, and controls are created equal. Here's a little background on the different components:

Dimmers
New 277V dimmers can provide superior in-wall RF dimming of electronic low voltage, LED, incandescent, and halogen light sources in commercial buildings. With wireless dimmers, you can substantially reduce wiring and related labor costs of traditional wired systems, making them perfect for new and retrofit applications. Using the right dimmers helps fill the increasing demand for wireless and flicker-free LED fixture dimming, as well as traditional incandescent and halogen light fixtures allowing specifiers to deliver integrated dimming solutions in voltage options for every type of load in every type of space in any part of the world.

LED Driver Dimming
LEDs dim down easily using either a current dimming or PWM dimming method.  But, LEDs are extremely ‘fast’ devices. Any disturbance on the dimming line will be seen as flicker or instability.

Ideally, dimming with LEDs provides incandescent-like performance such smoothly dimming down to the lowest spec possible without “steps” or flickers. Dimmers should also allow for color temperature shifts to enhance ambiance and user comfort. 

What is an LED driver and what does it do?
The driver is the “ballast” for an LED system. It transforms the system voltage and the fundamental purpose is to drive the LED array at a specific voltage or current to allow for précised dimming. Proper current/voltage/power is critical for maintaining proper light levels and life of the LED. The driver also regulates power to counter system fluctuations and it allows the isolation of the LED system from the high voltage system to reduce shock hazard and increase safety.

Where is the driver located?
Depending upon the fixture style, a driver may be an integral part of the fixture or mounted nearby or remotely.

Integrated in the light fixture
- Close to the LEDs
- Power wiring to fixture is 120-277 VAC

In the ceiling
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Benefit for small fixtures if no space for driver available
- Approx. 10 ft from the LEDs
- Class 2 wiring to the fixture 

Remote
All drivers installed on central location of the building
- Max 300 ft from the LEDs
- Class 2 wiring to the fixture
- Easy maintenance of LED drivers 
- Low voltage grid
- DC-DC driver in fixture, and powered from a low voltage grid 

LED Driver Control Technologies
LED drivers should be robust enough to work flawlessly with standard controls in the market to make the design of the lighting system easier. Here are the main technologies to be aware of: 

  • Phase Cut - Typically not available in Commercial LED Drivers
  • 0-10-V - Available, but may have low end cut off at 3-5% depending upon manufacturer

  • DALI - Available, offers best controlability (such as independently controllable channels for white light tuning) and feedback (for power metering and more)

  • DMX - Available, best utilized on color changing performance applications

Crestron controls LEDs
At Crestron, we know a lot about lighting control systems and have worked hard to complement our solutions with a range of best-in-class LED drivers and dimmers to help you get the most out of your investment.

The Crestron LED driver family provides high-power LED lighting with deep dimming to below 1%. Available in 50W and 100W models with DALI® or 0-10-V control, Crestron GLD-LED drivers offer superior, smooth dimming technology using a combination of duty-cycle and current dimming. But there are even greater cost-savings possible with DALI LED drivers. 

DALI models feature added cost-savings for end users and superior design versatility for lighting specifiers. DALI controlled models are available in versions that allow output channels to be independently controlled for multiple LED sources. The 50W DALI models feature two independently controlled outputs. The 100W DALI models feature two sets of two independently controlled outputs.

For fixtures featuring direct and indirect lighting strategies, independent output channel control capability in a single driver reduces the LED driver requirement by half. It also reduces the cost of installation. And, we open the way for the economical delivery of tunable white light applications without resorting to DMX or more costly and proprietary driver module combinations. Finally, because it’s based on the DALI open standard rather than a proprietary system, you’re not tied to any one vendor.

The future is even brighter with LEDs
By specifying the right drivers and controls, you get more reliability, energy savings, and creative possibilities from your LED lighting design, as well as flexibility for the future.



Product Spotlight

Introducing GLS-OIR-C-CN, our latest innovation for energy-saving occupancy sensors

 GLS-OIR-C-CN                          

The new GLS-OIR-C-CN is a highly accurate occupancy sensor designed to reduce energy costs and enhance the automation capabilities of Crestron lighting and environmental systems.

Accurate technology
Powered by Passive Infrared (PIR) technology, GLS-OIR-C-CN sensors are not susceptible to vibrations in the environment, reducing false occupancy activations due to nearby foot traffic, HVAC systems, or other local activity.

Cost-effective
These new sensors provide the most cost-effective solution for customers to realize the energy-saving benefits of lighting and environmental automation.

Sleek design
At less than 1-inch high when installed, the GLS-OIR-C-CN is one of the thinnest ceiling-mount sensors on the market. It effortlessly blends into any ceiling helping you deliver enhanced automation systems that keep a low-profile.

Point and shoot configuration
Thanks to the available IR Remote, there’s no need for a laptop or programmer to setup and adjust each sensor. Just aim the remote at the GLS-OIR-C-CN to adjust sensitivity for vacancy and occupancy states, timeout, and Cresnet ID.

Advanced occupancy sensing
Our advanced GLS-ODT-C-CN Occupancy Sensor with dual technology is perfect for a wide range of applications, including fine motion detection in large spaces.

Crestron occupancy sensors bring a new layer of intelligent automation to your customers and improve the energy-saving capabilities of any complete energy management solution from Crestron.

Learn more

 



Customer Quote

“A technique that can greatly reduce lighting power density, is to apply effective lighting design. An example of this deploys layers of light for ambient, accent, and task. Another concept is to light surfaces versus volumes. The most energy efficient light source for accent, task, and surface lighting is LED, with its beam directionality. In addition, dimmability provides designers with greater lighting control options, further reducing energy usage.” 

- Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, IALD, LC, LEED Fellow, President, Clanton & Associates, Inc.



People & Places

Greenbuild Expo

Greenbuild® Expo

It was really exciting for us to meet so many people at the frontline who are dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday business at Greenbuild. We had some great discussions and really enjoyed learning how many of you are using Crestron as part of your sustainable and energy efficient designs. For those of you that didn’t make it this year, we focused on the importance of a fully integrated building in order to lower operational costs and increase productivity and efficiency for customers. By building on open standards like DALI, Ethernet, and BACnet, Crestron solutions offer customers competitive choices without locking them into costly proprietary systems. We’ll have a full write up next month to share the observations of attendees and visitors to our booth, as well as provide insights from our research and development team on the sessions and seminars.

 


CLC-S Training

Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls - Specifiers (CLC-S) Training

This 2-day Level I introductory class provides a general overview of the complete line of Crestron Commercial Lighting Control Systems including centralized, distributed, room, building, and enterprise solutions. 

Visit http://www.crestron.com/training to learn more about CLC-S training.



LED Specifier Summit

LED Specifier Summit

The LED Specifier Summit was a one-day immersion in LED lighting education and solutions. This event is dedicated to educating specifiers about the latest commercial, architectural and decorative LED lighting solutions and we were excited to be a part of it, presenting the latest in LED drivers, controls, and dimming solutions.

 


Strategies in Light

Strategies in Light 2014

We will be showcasing unique lighting control and light driver technology at Strategies in Light 2014 in Santa Clara, CA. We invite attendees to visit us to experience the latest in DALI and LED technologies from dimming and drivers to integration with daylight harvesting, sensing, and complete building control.

 


Resources


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The Green Light - Is the world ready for wireless?

 
The Green Light - Are we ready for Wireless?

Table of Contents

  1. Is the world ready for a completely wireless lighting control system?
  2. New Cameo® infiNET EX 277V wireless lighting dimmers and switches
  3. New wireless battery-powered occupancy sensor
  4. Crestron provides integrated wireless guest experience at Revel®
  5. The LED Show
  6. LightShow West
  7. Greenbuild® Expo
  8. Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls – Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
  9. Resources

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Is the world ready for a completely wireless lighting control system?

Trend Topic 2

The recent launch of our 277V wireless wall box dimmer and switches, wireless GLPP room controller, and wireless sensors has compelled us to look back at the history of our wireless control solutions.

When we initiated our infiNET EX product line of wireless wall box dimmers, switches, and thermostats seven years ago, they were intended to be retrofit residential products. We never even considered a completely wireless commercial building, at that time. Even considering the obvious benefits – reduced costs of wiring and labor, simplified growth strategy, flexibility, and “retrofitability” – most commercial lighting professionals feel that wired systems are best for complex facilities because wireless just isn’t as reliable. But is that true still?

Over the last few years we’ve gained a great deal of knowledge about wireless networks and how to get them to perform consistently – and with the same reliable operation and performance that customers expect from wired systems. We used our experience to build a better protocol so that we could control the performance of our network. This protocol, infiNET EX, is a mesh-based, 2.4 GHz network that automatically reconfigures to optimize performance. It actually becomes more reliable as more devices are added to the network.

But there were still challenges to overcome. With advances in technology and good old engineering, we’ve solved them. For example, on some wireless (and wired) systems, you can have an issue with multiple-light installations where each fixture’s response can be subject to lags. As a result, they don’t all respond simultaneously (with the same light level) when commanded to do so. This “popcorning” is the unintended consequence of a network that has failed to be managed for performance.

Another challenge was how to get acceptable lifetime from battery-powered devices. This has been improved with advances in technology, along with semiconductors that boast higher efficiency. We’ve taken it further with excellent power management schemes and with support of different levels of battery powered and “sleepy” devices. We can now get up to 10 years of life for a battery occupancy sensor.

Taking wireless even further, we’ve shared our technology with specific third-party partners to build and supply devices on our wireless network. Crestron Connected™ products, such as door locks, mini bars, and MUR/DND panels now natively communicate on Crestron infiNET EX.

All of these advances have fostered a much more open-minded reception to wireless solutions in commercial spaces. Facility managers are starting to not only take notice, but install completely wireless solutions in their buildings. In fact, Crestron customers have completed installations with literally tens of thousands of devices in one building.

So, is the world ready for a completely wireless lighting control system? The answer, with Crestron, is yes. We bring a rich set of wireless devices that are engineered to work together and perform better than any other set of products on the market. The portfolio includes wireless lighting controls, shade controls, climate controls, sensors, and human interface devices. Read more about the latest additions to our wireless solutions in this issue of The Green Light.




Product Spotlight

New Cameo infiNET EX  277V wireless lighting dimmers and switches

   New Cameo® InfiNET EX® 277V wireless lighting dimmers and switches                         

We recently announced the availability of 277V-rated wallbox wireless dimmers and switches. These wireless dimmers substantially reduce wiring and related labor costs and ensure steadfast performance in even the most extreme RF environments. The CLW-DELVEX model also provides superior in-wall RF dimming of electronic low voltage, LED, incandescent, and halogen light sources.

Due to their energy saving and long-life benefits, LED lighting is the fastest growing lighting technology on the market today. As part of a complete Crestron lighting control solution, CLW-DELVEX dimmers meet the increasing demand for wireless and flicker-free LED fixture dimming, as well as traditional incandescent and halogen light fixtures. CLW-DELV dimmers complement and round out our existing infiNET EX line and allow specifiers to deliver integrated dimming solutions in voltage options for every type of load in every type of space in any part of the world.

 


New wireless battery-powered occupancy sensor

New wireless battery-powered occupancy sensor

Crestron Green Light® sensors deliver a powerful and cost-effective solution for reducing energy costs and enhancing the functionality of lighting and environmental systems. The recent addition to the line is the GLS-OIR-CSM-EX-BATT battery-powered wireless occupancy sensor. This low-profile sensor is ideal for spaces that are especially difficult to wire and delivers an easy solution for small areas up to 500 square feet.

The GLS-OIR-CSM-EX-BATT wireless sensor uses passive infrared technology to achieve dependable motion detection with superior immunity to false triggering from air currents, inanimate objects, or movement in an adjacent corridor. It is designed to achieve a discreet, nearly hidden appearance when installed on a typical drywall or drop-tile ceiling. With fast and simple mounting hardware and wireless technology, this sensor eliminates the need to homerun wires to every room in order to get sensors in and delivers 10-years of battery life.

 



Customer Success Stories

Crestron provides integrated wireless guest experience at Revel®

Crestron provides integrated wireless guest experience at Revel

  • Thousands of independent infiNET EX networks working concurrently in one building

  • Over 20,000 wireless devices

  • Wireless network supports 3rd-party devices, such as the mini-bar, door locks, and DND/MUR displays

  • 1,898 guest rooms, conference rooms, more than 12 restaurants and bars, lobbies, and employee lounges

  • Over $2 million in savings over the cost of installing separate, disparate systems

  • Enabled on-going energy efficiencies and cost savings

  • Integrated a variety of systems to enable a complete energy management solution

 

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People & Places


The LED Show

The LED Show

It was exciting to meet with all of the lighting designers and specifiers at the LED Show in Las Vegas. It gave us the opportunity to talk to you about our new LED lighting and DALI® controls. Everyone that stopped by had great questions and feedback about our lighting solutions. We look forward to more dialogue!

 


LightShow West











LightShow West

Crestron will be participating in LightShow West at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 23-24. LightShow West is the only trade show and conference specifically created for West Coast specifiers of commercial, architectural, and high-design lighting products. We look forward to seeing you at the show!



Greenbuild Expo®

 

 







Greenbuild
® Expo

Crestron will once again participate in Greenbuild Expo, taking place this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia November 20-22. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts, and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work.

Visit us at booth #3813

 


CLC-S Training

Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls – Specifiers (CLC-S) Training

This 2-day Level I introductory class provides a general overview of the complete line of Crestron Commercial Lighting Control Systems including centralized, distributed, room, building, and enterprise solutions.

Visit www.crestron.com/training to learn more about CLC-S training.

 


Resources

www.crestron.com/training

www.crestron.com/lighting

www.lightshowwest.com

www.greenbuildexpo.org


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Optimizing a room for the flow of ideas

 

NCUT hero

Boosting productivity at a Chinese University

North China University of Technology (NCUT) is known for its beautiful campus and for the wealth of talent on its faculty. Located at the foot of the scenic West Mountain in the suburbs of Beijing, the school enrolls approximately 11,000 students on a 300,000 sqm campus. The core program of study is engineering, but the university also offers programs in science, literature, business, management, law, and the fine arts.

NCUT contributes to the development of Beijing and also to the whole of Chinese society through research and innovation in science, engineering, and social policy. NCUT is also home to one of Beijing's key municipal laboratories, a city research center for university and college projects, and seven of Beijing's key construction project courses.

Optimizing a room for the flow of ideas

The generation of ideas, innovations, and discoveries at a university is driven by communication between teachers, researchers, and students. At NCUT, Crestron is making communication more effective in one of the school's key arenas for learning: the university lecture hall.

As a venue for classes, conferences, workshops, and seminars, the lecture hall seats up to 680 people and is equipped with an array of communication aids, such as video projectors, motorized projector lifts and screens, hi-def media players, microphones, speakers, and desktop computers.

Crestron's DigialMedia technology enables lecture hall presenters to easily operate and adjust all of the above devices through a single computerized touch screen located in a control room on the side of the lecture hall. Media devices can be manipulated even more conveniently through a hand-held touch screen device with Wi-Fi® or even an iPad with our mobile app installed.

The DigitalMedia solution enables lecture hall users to enjoy seamless format-independent video switching and delivery of hi-def video signals. Video and audio signals are delivered from their source and converted to an appropriate format before routing it onto the chosen display device.

The system also integrates controls of the air conditioning, heating, and lighting in the lecture hall - thus giving presenters total control of the room environment. Even the multi-camera monitoring system in the lecture hall is connected to the control system.

Prior to installing Crestron, teachers and researchers were frustrated by difficulties in configuring and operating lecture hall devices and classes, and academic exchange events were often delayed by quipment glitches. By and large, these difficulties have now been entirely eliminated.

NCUT lecture hall manager, Mr. Pan Yue, reports satisfaction with these results. "NCUT chose Crestron's DigitalMedia solution because we were convinced that DigitalMedia is the best solution for rapid switching and routing of HDMI® data. Having now used the system (for a while), we know we made the right choice."

As an added benefit, the lecture hall solution is scalable, which will make deployment in other areas of the campus quicker and more cost-effective.

Academic communication with zero impedance

Thanks to our lecture hall solution, classes and events held in the space now run smoother than ever. Teachers and presenters are able to focus on communicating knowledge without being distracted by the difficulties of operating complicated or inefficient media presentation systems. Likewise, listeners can better focus on learning since events no longer suffer from frequent equipment-related delays or media quality issues.

Another benefit for the university is the amount of resources saved by the efficiency our solution offered. Less staff hours are needed to set up and operate media and room environment devices for each event, and the savings achieved can instead be invested in activities with higher purposes.

"Having Crestron's DigitalMedia system will enable NCUT to make the most of its resources, "noted Mr. Pan Yue. "The simple and intelligent control system increases work efficiency and reduces time needed to understand and operate the lecture hall's media devices."

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Is your conference room Crestron-smart?

 

Thanks to Crestron, the meeting space or conference room of the future is already here. But, what does it look like and what can it do?

Imagine...

As you walk by the conference room, you realize you forgot to reserve the room for an afternoon meeting. A quick glance at the Crestron touch screen on the wall outside the room shows you the full day of meetings taking place in the room. You notice there's a free hour between 2pm and 3pm and you quickly reserve the room straight from the touch screen.

When you get back to your desk, you receive an email from one of your meeting participants. He'd really like you to push the meeting back an hour (sound familiar?). You open up Outlook®, Google Calendar®, or Lotus Notes® (yep, we seamlessly integrate with all), see that the conference room is free at 3pm and move your meeting. The touch screen on the wall outside the conference room automatically updates and now shows your updated meeting.

touchscreen tpmc

A few minutes before 3, the conference room automatically gets ready for your meeting. The projector is turned on automatically, shades lower, and lights dim. At 3pm the touch screen lights change from green to red, signifying to all that the room is yours. You start the meeting on time because the room was automatically setup just for you. Everything just works.

The meeting runs smoothly and you end up finishing 30 minutes earlier than scheduled. Your team high-fives you for the quick effective meeting and you all leave the room.

Sensing no movement in the room for at least 10 minutes, the Crestron-controlled conference room correctly assumes that the meeting is over and frees up the room in Outlook or Google Calendar. It also powers off the projector, raises the shades, and turns off the lights. The touch screen lights turn green and the room patiently waits for the next scheduled meeting.

Pretty cool, huh? Can your conference room do that?

If you'd like to learn more about Crestron office solutions, visit our office solutions page.

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Making the intercom part of the modern home

 

rava

The idea of an intercom system for your home is nothing new. However, as your home’s wiring and infrastructure transitions to digital, your intercom system can be used in ways it couldn’t before.

Crestron RAVA™ helps usher the intercom into the future. It allows you to leverage your IP wiring (CAT5e) to create a whole-home communication system that ties in seamlessly with your Crestron control solution and other non-Crestron technology.

So what is RAVA and what can it do?

RAVA is a plug and play VOIP-based hardware/software solution we've developed that allows you to transform select Crestron touch screens and remote controls into fully-functioning intercom communication points. With RAVA, as long as the touch screens and remotes are on your home's local area network (LAN), delivering point-to-point communication between any or all of the devices without a third-party switcher is a breeze. RAVA even features full duplex, which means that the communicating parties can both listen and speak to each other without the need to press and hold buttons.

RAVA can also be used to incorporate other non-Crestron technology into the intercom system, such as digital or analog door stations (think fancy doorbells), and SIP telephony systems from Cisco®, Mitel®, Panasonic®, 3CX®, and others.

The RAVA intercom is an invaluable and effortless addition to the modern home. Just imagine being able to use your Crestron touch screen to alert the family that dinner is ready, or using your Crestron remote control as a baby monitor.

How would you use RAVA?

Learn more about RAVA at crestron.com/rava

Our Time at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

 

arch digest show

Here at Crestron, we're big fans of Architectural Digest magazine. So we were excited to take part in the 12th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show from March 21-24 in New York City.

At the show we provided attendees with an inside look at the seamless blending of technology in the home to achieve comfort, convenience, and energy savings. Guests experienced live demonstrations of control of motorized shading, lighting, HVAC, audio, television, and security.

Our goal at the show was to highlight our "Integrated by Design™" approach, allowing us to deliver complete technology solutions designed and engineered to work together on a single unified platform.

The Architectural Digest Home Show brings the pages of Architectural Digest to life, allowing visitors to explore the latest products for the home and to spark inspiration, new ideas, and insight from tastemakers in the industry.

If you weren't able to visit us at the show, you can experience everything we demonstrated and more at one of our Design Showrooms and Experience Centers. To schedule an appointment or to find a location closest to you, visit crestron.com/experiencecrestron

 

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Display Technology Taken to New Heights at NASA

 

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Every Tuesday, we'll be reposting some of our most popular posts from our old blog. This week we revisit the role that Crestron played in the launch of NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity.

Background

If the most critical part of your mission lasts only 50 seconds, the right technology can make the difference. When NASA launches a vehicle that includes a radioisotope power source, the first crucial seconds of the launch must be monitored by the NASA Radiological Control Center (RADCC), which is responsible for monitoring, and coordinating protective actions in the unlikely event of a launch accident that releases radioactive material in the launch area.

The job of RADCC scientists became a lot easier in November when the Mars Science Lab lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center. This was the first mission using a newly redesigned and reconfigured RADCC, with a complicated array of new technology made simple and seamless thanks to the Crestron control system.

Mission critical

NASA does not launch payloads with radioisotope power sources every day, but their importance to a mission’s success is well recognized.

“The 2003 Mars Rovers had eight radioisotope heat sources, each about the size of a 35 mm roll of film,” says Randall Scott, Radiological Control Director for NASA. “The heat they produced kept critical components from freezing at night on the Martian surface and helped the rovers, designed to last 90 days, remain functional for over six years.”

The Mars Science Lab, with the rover “Curiosity” tucked in its belly, launched with a nuclear battery containing plutonium dioxide. Even though the likelihood of a release of radioactive material was low because the fuel was in ceramic form and encased in strong metal alloy with three layers of a heat resistant carbon fiber material, it was still necessary to establish an assessment capability should a launch mishap occur. Scott wanted the newly designed RADCC ready for that launch.

The RADCC existed in some form for nearly 40 years but was overdue for renovation. Scott and his team began by gutting and enlarging the room, then dividing it into two areas of operation: technology and management.

During a launch, representatives from a variety of government agencies sit on the management side, including FEMA, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the EPA and emergency management agencies from Brevard County and the state of Florida. NASA scientists and technical support personnel from the Department of Energy and other federal and state organizations sit in the slightly larger technical area, most at workstations positioned in a U shape to offer more efficient exchange of data. Each workstation has a custom-built console that allows RADCC personnel to plug in their laptops and provide up-to-the-minute information during launch. Operators display output from these laptops on nine plasma monitors ranging from 42 to 58 inches, plus four digital projectors with drop-down wall screens. In addition, scientists can view live video of the launch from 11 cable boxes and recorded video from two DVD players. They also have video conferencing capabilities in both areas. Multiple ceiling speakers provide zoned audio to three different areas of the room.

Team scientists use their laptops to receive data from a variety of sources including 30 Environmental Continuous Air Monitors (ECAM) spread in and around the Kennedy Space Center to monitor air quality for the presence of any radioactive material. They also view information from 16 field teams mobilized to monitor the ground and respond in the case of a positive reading from an ECAM following any launch accident. The team also receives constant updates on wind direction and velocity, weather changes, telemetry data, and animated scenarios of possible event results.

Controlling the control room

Bill Lally, president of Orlando-based independent programming company Mode:Green programmed the Crestron control system. “We needed a simple way to handle the large number of sources coming in and make them switch easily and quickly, so we created an on-screen image of the layout of the room itself with the sources and monitors included. All an operator has to do is touch the image of the console they want to display and then touch the monitor they want to send it to.”

When the RADCC is in launch mode, all component controls are accessible from a trio of Crestron touch screens, which have identical interfaces. While one remains in the equipment rack, two operators under Scott’s direction are seated at the other two, executing his orders as to what data to display on which monitor. Crestron provides an intuitive and consistent experience experience across all touch screens, including the Director's PC (running Crestron XPanel software) and Apple® iPad® (running Crestron Mobile Pro G®). The interface is so simple that there’s little chance of a mistake in an emergency situation.

Of course, emergencies are rare. In four decades of radiological launches there have only been three accidents. In 1964, the nuclear power source of a navigational satellite reentering the atmosphere burned up in the upper atmosphere, as it was designed to do. Four years later a rocket took off from California but landed in the Pacific. The power source was undamaged, salvaged and used in another vehicle.

“And then there was Apollo 13 where they had an accident on the way to the moon,” says Scott. “They had to use the Lunar Lander as their lifeboat back to earth. Since they never made it to the moon, the nuclear power source was still attached to the Lander. Ultimately the astronauts transferred back into the capsule for landing, and that power source went in to the Pacific Ocean’s Tonga Trench, which is several thousand feet down.”

The RADCC stands ready to fully support any NASA launch requiring a radioisotope power source. “We rehearse constantly before a mission,” Scott says. If there ever is a release of any radioactive material, personnel would kick in to high gear, getting the word out immediately to the public and their respective agencies through several pathways including the videoconferencing systems installed in the RADCC.

“One of the last phases of the project was to build a secondary room to facilitate information release to the media,” says Lally. “Besides public affairs representatives from several federal & state agencies, NASA added a Twitter® station and a Facebook® station and were actually blogging the whole launch procedure for the Mars mission. We were sending them feeds, which the Crestron system handled as well, and it managed the video conferencing in the event something happened.”

The launch of the Mars Science Lab went off without a hitch. The team spent their 50 seconds intensely monitoring the vehicle and the environment, but there was no need to deal with an emergency. There may not be another radioactive launch until 2016, but the RADCC will be available for other launches as well, acting as backup to the Kennedy Space Center’s Emergency Operations Center, a job it is now fully equipped to handle.

In the end, Scott got what he asked for: a simple and seamless system.The technology needs to stay out of the way,” says Lally. “And it needs to be seamless for the user, because if an emergency occurs, they won’t have time to think about how to use it.”

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Introducing our newest DMPS…DMPS…DMPS…

 

DMPS-300-C-AEC

Recently, we’ve introduced a brand new member to the DigitalMedia family. Born out of our best-selling DMPS-300-C (DigitalMedia Presentation System), the new DMPS-300-C-AEC packs all of the features you’ve grown to love but also adds more power and an amazing new feature. Care to guess what that feature is?

Here’s a hint… AEC.

Acoustic Echo Cancelation (AEC) is now available. Even better, it’s available on all six of DMPS-300-C-AEC’s microphone inputs. So, what is AEC and why do I need it?

AEC describes the process of removing echoing from amplified voice communication, creating cleaner audio and improving quality. With regards to its use in a presentation environment (where the DMPS would be used), AEC essentially removes any echoing or feedback caused by audio from conference room speakers leaking back into the microphone (you know, kind of like this...).

 

 

So, while the new DMPS-300-C-AEC will make it much harder to recreate Lou Gehrig’s famous speech, it will make your meetings, lectures, or presentations much easier on the ears of others.

The DMPS-300-C-AEC represents the first all-in-one presentation system on the market to feature AEC. It also features native control of all signal routing and audio processing functions, eliminating complex interconnections and programming of third-party DSPs.

Learn more about the new DMPS-300 with Accoustic Echo Cancelation.

Does anyone have any good stories about echo or feedback during a video conference or lecture?

The Green Light - The Lighting Specifier's Dilemma

 
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Table of Contents

  1. The Lighting Specifier's Dilemma
  2. Crestron's lighting solution using DALI®
  3. Continental Automated Buildings Association
  4. Lighting Control - The Hot Topic at ISE
  5. Strategies in Light 2013 - Thanks for visiting 
  6. Crestron Showcases Lighting and Energy Management Solutions at LIGHTFAIR® International 2013
  7. Resources

Trending Topic

The Lighting Specifier's Dilemma

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Crestron regularly hosts lighting designers and specifiers. It always stirs a spirited debate when we discuss proprietary/closed architecture versus open architecture lighting control systems and which provides the best value for the specifier and building owner. We asked Mike Malone, Crestron VP, Lighting Control and Energy Management to talk about what Crestron has learned and what they’re doing to help make this decision easier.

Mike, the question is proprietary/closed architecture or open systems architecture; which provides the best value for the lighting specifier and building owner?

I’ve had countless conversations on this topic with more than 500 lighting designers and specifiers over the course of three years. We usually start these conversations by asking what they currently prefer to specifiy for digitally controlled distributed lighting control systems: a propietary control system where both controls and ballast/drivers must be supplied by one company; or an open protocol (like DALI) in which controls, ballasts and drivers from a variety of manufacturers can coexist. When these conversations started, it was my hope to better understand the needs of the market and help our company select the “right” course of action. Unfortunately, there was no consensus. Responses were split exactly down the middle; not real helpful for setting market direction. But the follow-up questions did enable us to gain a better understanding of the requirements of specifiers.

For more on Mike Malone's take on The Lighting Specifier's Dilemma, download the full interview here:



Product Spotlight

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Crestron  makes designing and commissioning lighting control easy using DALI®

For lighting specifiers and designers, Crestron’s lighting solution using DALI delivers a win-win: simplified communication and installation AND maximum control and flexibility. Wiring and commissioning is simpler, so installation costs are lower. Even better, it enables you to provide a high-performance lighting solution that perfectly matches the needs of a building’s occupants now and in the future, as requirements change.

Crestron’s comprehensive lighting solution using DALI includes:

•DIN-DALI-2:                 DALI Controller

•GLB-DALI-T-1:             1 Lamp DALI Ballast

•GLB-DALI-T-2:             2 Lamp DALI Ballast

•GLB-DALI-T-3:             3 Lamp DALI Ballast

               Download the new DALI Design Guide                   Download Crestron DALI ballast
                                to learn more!                                                        quick facts!           

                                                          


Customer Success Stories

Continental Automated Buildings Association

“Open protocols encourage and foster the development of a mass market in the connected home space for a myriad of products, including lighting and home automation. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, the Continental Automated Buildings Association (www.caba.org) has always been at the forefront of promoting standard interoperability.  By encouraging and facilitating industry-wide interoperability of standards and protocols as one of its central tenants, CABA intends to reduce and eliminate consumer confusion relating to various systems, with the aim towards increasing the reliability and consistent operation of combined systems.   Since the number of protocols and standards has proliferated immensely in the past few years, it has become necessary to explore their standardization and interconnection in order to achieve mass market penetration.  CABA actively supports the development of common technical frameworks where a multitude of technologies can interconnect and thrive.”


Ronald J. Zimmer

-- Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO



People & Places

Lighting Control - The Hot Topic at ISE 2013
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Lighting control and energy management were at the top of most people’s minds at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam last week. Interest in Crestron energy management solutions spanned the gamut, from entry level to end-to-end. We were astounded by the response to our lighting control showcase and the interest in energy efficiency - beyond just dimming the lights.

At the show, we launched our new international wireless dimmers, switches and keypads. What’s unique about this series is it operates both as dimmers and as fully-functional control keypads. But the real “A-HA!” moment came when we explained how we can deliver simple, entry level automation and energy savings for retrofit installations when this dimmer series is combined with our other wireless products, such as thermostats and sensors. Also, since the dimmers can be combined to form 3-way and 4-way configurations there's no need for expensive multiways.

Visitors to the Crestron booth came away understanding how all the lighting control system components – from wireless dimmers to DALI commissioning – work together with effective power metering. The goal is to have all of these systems come together seamlessly, and the ease comes from having one manufacturer able to deliver this as a scalable solution. The Crestron solution ensures that all systems − AV, energy, voice & data, lighting, security, room scheduling, and HVAC – can communicate easily without additional interfaces, programming and commissioning, i.e. on a single platform. This maximizes energy savings, lowers operational costs and increases productivity.

Here’s an overview of the lighting control and energy management solutions we demonstrated at the show:

DALI ballasts for simplified maintenance and commissioning 

Power metering

Fusion Energy Management software (link to Fusion EM™ product page)

International wireless dimmers

Complete DIN rail modules including LED drivers, dimming and switching modules and best
  in class Crestron control processors


 

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We’d like to thank everyone we met and talked to at the 14th annual Strategies of Light Conference and Exhibition. This was our first time exhibiting and the opportunity was excellent. Our commitment to the lighting industry includes spending time with lighting designers, consultants, fixture companies and engineers to help educate, and this was the perfect venue.

The shift to LED technology is spreading quickly and with the combination of wireless options, this will continue to grow rapidly. There was a lot of interest in how Crestron LED drivers, wireless keypads, dimmers and sensors, thermostats and energy management software all integrate with controls. Simplified commissioning and programming are key to this solution as is smart communication between all the interfaces: keypads, dimmers, touch screens and mobile devices. As part of this industry evolution, we gave attendees a sneak peek into what they will be seeing in a much larger scale at LightFair – how Crestron delivers completely integrated lighting control and energy management through wired and wireless systems that can monitor, manage and control every element in the building including each individual light fixture.


Crestron Showcases Lighting & Energy Management Solutions at LIGHTFAIR® International 2013

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In the Crestron booth at LIGHTFAIR® International 2013, attendees will experience interactive demonstrations of fully integrated building and room solutions. Crestron will showcase everything needed to create a truly energy efficient facility – all the hardware, software, engineering, and design expertise - to integrate commercial lighting control with HVAC, AV, IT, BMS, shading, and security. 

As energy codes and guidelines become more restrictive, designers, builders, and engineers can no longer rely on yesterday’s design models. Creating an efficient building that meets the energy requirements of today, and is adaptable to meet those of the future, requires a wholistic view of all the power in the building. The integration of all building systems on a single, intelligent platform provides the one dependable way to achieve measurable, worthwhile reductions in energy usage and utility costs.

To learn more about Crestron lighting and energy management solutions, stop by Crestron’s LIGHTFAIR® booth #545 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, April 23-25, 2013. 


Resources

www.ies.org
www.caba.org
www.lightfair.com

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ISE 2013 in Review

 

ISE 2013 was the biggest and best yet; in every way possible. With more than 44,000 delegates, nearly 900 exhibitors and thousands of innovative products on show, once again ISE proved just how buoyant and resilient the AV market truly is. 

If you were in Amsterdam for ISE, you probably visited our booth and saw all the amazing new products we had on display; but if you weren't, then this is what you missed. Either way, here’s a review of the most exciting and dynamic exhibit.

Biggest booth with more products than ever

120 Crestron staffers from around the world came together to give over 4,000 delegates a true Crestron experience during the show. We were also joined by hundreds of delegates in our on-site training sessions and at our Crestron Consultants Summit.

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New Products

With more than 270 new products on display in comparison to our 2012 ISE booth (more than 400 products in total), the real highlights were the significant additions the DigitalMedia™ line, including new DMPS-300-C-AEC with acoustic echo canceling, and the powerful DM-MD64x64, which is the first 4K compatible switcher. We also previewed the next-generation 3-Series control processors, our mobile device-styled TSW touch screens, featuring Core 3UI™ graphics and PoE connectivity, and the only in-wall dimmer that doubles as an integrated keypad available in Europe – our CLWI range (www.crestron.eu/clwi).  

Below, Justin Kennington introduces the new 64x64 switcher.

inAVation Awards

For the second year in a row, we won Most inAVative Commercial Control Solution at the annual inAVation awards. This time for our TSW-750 seven-inch touch screen. It was a great evening with many industry figures coming together to celebrate another successful and innovative year.  

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Integration Awards

Each year we celebrate the best commercial installations featuring Crestron solutions. A panel of judges had to choose winners from over 50 projects that were submitted. The awards were announced at our booth in front of a large ISE crowd. A full list of winners can be found here: www.crestron.eu/ise2013

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Cresfest

This year’s Cresfest proved to be a memorable evening of great entertainment, good food, and plenty to drink – and gave each of the 1,200 attendees the opportunity to relax with clients, colleagues, integrators and friends from across Europe and beyond. Ali Campbell’s UB40 rocked the crowd late into the night.

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Keep up-to-date with the events that Crestron will be attending throughout 2013 by visiting  http://www.crestron.eu/?q=en/about/upcoming-events.

We hope to see you at next year's ISE from the 4th to 6th of February 2014 in Amsterdam. 

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