The VIA12 in this application provides connection and Power-over-Ethernet for attached devices, but more importantly, a Gigabit fiber backbone for connecting the rest of the network. With two SFP fiber ports on the rear, the VIA12 allows for connecting a network over long distances that conventional Category cable cannot support. It also provides redundancy with EAPS Ring Protection, where the two fiber ports create a network ring. One port is designated as the Primary and the other the Secondary; any breakage or interruption of traffic on the Primary port immediately activates the Secondary port in a split second, so the show never goes down due to equipment or cabling faults.
In this application, a DIN-Mounted Choreo is the main architectural control system. Using a laptop or mobile device connected to the network, you have full control of Choreo’s interface, making programming easy from any location inside or outside your venue.
Cognito is the hands-on live action lighting console. Visiting production companies may want to operate their show lighting with a console they bring with them, referred to as a “Guest Console”. Either the Cognito or the guest console connect to the VIA switch is used for programming and playback of shows for special events.
NSB (Networked Sliders and Buttons) stations are fully customizable with 2 or 4 button inserts and single, dual or triple slider inserts. Make wall stations 1 to 6 gangs wide, powered either by PoE or multi-drop RS485.
Each button or slider is easily mapped to a Choreo or Cognito Memory, which in turn can operate lighting levels or trigger any other Show Control event such as starting a SMPTE clock, running a Playlist or even relinquishing control to other devices.
In the tower control rooms there are VIA16 switches. These PoE capable switches connect the NSB 485 Architectural Gateway, Pathport and D2A Interface. The VIA16 also has two SFP fiber ports to connect it to the main fiber network ring.
The NSB 485 Architectural Gateway shown here has 16 dry contact closure inputs for simple switches or sensors, which can be programmed to trigger playback of a Choreo Memory or other Show Control event. In this application, “train sensors” laid out on the bridge would be activated by a passing train, triggering the bridge RGB LEDs, creating an effect of the lights following the train as it crosses the bridge.
The PWPP DIN P4 is a four-port Pathport DIN mountable DMX/RDM-over-Ethernet Gateway that provides robust DMX-over-Ethernet routing, with advanced features such as RDM, crossfade between DMX sources, DMX output speed and signal loss behavior.
In this application, it routes DMX/RDM to the bridge RGB LED fixtures.
The D2A converts DMX512 to 0-10VDC for control of LED drivers, fluorescent ballasts or solid-state relays. In this application, it is driving the white lights on the bridge cabling.
VIA, Pathport and Choreo connect to the SixEye device monitoring and management cloud. This gives operators and integrators an eye on their system 24/7 from any location in the world. SixEye monitors online status of all devices, including the RDM responders and can message you if anything goes offline.
Management features include file upload, remote rebooting, DMX Hold and DMX level status. Custom control panels give end users secure and simple access to triggering programmed events.