Thursday, June 16, 2011

Xantech Products Are Winners in Two Categories For The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards

Yesterday, at the InfoComm show in Orlando, Florida, Commercial Integrator magazine named its honorees for their annual BEST Awards. Xantech was chosen to be twice acknowledged: its MX88 Multi-Zone Audio/Video Controller won the Audio Distribution Systems category, and the WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller tied for first place in the Remote Controls category.

The winners were selected by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Commercial Integrator to join an exclusive group of products deemed the most noteworthy. The products will be featured in the publication’s July/August issue and online.

Xantech President Graham Hallett stated, “Xantech has always been a leading choice for contractors and system integrators, and to be acknowledged by our peers is the highest honor. From IR to IP, Xantech continues to offer the most comprehensive and intuitive product line, providing solutions that make users’ lives easier. Whatever your system components, you turn it on. We make it work.”

About the MX88 Multi-Zone Audio/Video Controller
The MX88 allows a user to control an entire Xantech multi-zone audio/video system using an Apple iPad®. An integrated audio/video distribution and control tour-de-force, the network-ready MX88 combines a 50W x 16-channel/8-zone amplifier and highly efficient auto-sensing universal power supply with advanced automation control capable of up to 16 Serial ports with the use of Xantech’s RS232 1x8 serial routers, and 17 selectable IR ports, as well as IP communication and two-way interface with an iPhone®, iPod® touch or iPad. Xantech’s iPad integration approach uses an existing WiFi network to interface the MX-series controller to the iPad (or any networked web-browsing device), serving up a web application embedded in the MX88’s architecture. System control and status monitoring can all be accessed within a wired or wireless immediate LAN environment, or remotely over the Internet. Full metadata, menu navigation and even content graphics and album art are all transitioned from media source to the iPad through the Xantech audio/video controller itself. The unit’s Quick Configuration software mode allows the installer to instantly configure the MX88 for multiple zones and sources throughout a residence without the need of an external computer to program the system.

About the WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller
Xantech’s WIC1200 Web-Intelligent Controller is a standalone room controller for networked/web-based control featuring two IR Ports, two Serial Ports, two Contact Closure ports and two Digital I/O ports as well as two Ethernet ports (one with POE) for TCP/IP Telnet control with less intrusion into facility IP networks. On its own, the WIC1200 is an Event-driven component capable of Timed Events, Calendar Events, Telnet and Serial Events and features a full Web server, email server and FTP server for storage and backup of files. With its built-in Web server, the WIC1200 is totally iPad®-ready without the need for purchasing, installing or setting up an “app.” When interfaced with Xantech’s CWTC10 10.4” WiFi touchpanel or any Xantech hardwired touchpanel, the WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller can send messages back to the touch-panel allowing for text display, numeric display, volume and indicator bars, ON/OFF indicators and more, for full real-time data display. The IP port allows each room to be accessible on the facilities IP network for status display, remote centralized control and remote diagnostics.

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