BCI Joins Crestron in Cresnet Integrated Partner Program for Fiber-Optic Transmission
Sep 21, 2005 4:01 PM
Broadata Communications has been named by Crestron as an approved source for the transmission of Crestron’s Cresnet control signaling over fiber-optic cabling. As a result, Crestron has named BCI an official Crestron integration partner. After extensive, in-house lab testing at Crestron and field testing for more than two years in a hotel and convention center environment, BCI’s 288 series and the Concierge Fiberstation have been approved as products that seamlessly and accurately transport Cresnet signals over fiber.
Don Hosmer, national sales manager for BCI, says, “Broadata Communications is proud to become an Official Integration Partner with Crestron. Now, Crestron’s customers have a number of choices for reliable, quality products that can extend Cresnet signals long distances over fiber."
“Many of our installations in the university and corporate environment require systems to communicate over long distance,” says Chris Wildfoerster, director of market development for Crestron. “Broadata provides reliable fiber solutions for those applications.”
BCI's two models, the 288 and Concierge Fiberstation, include other audio/video/data transmission functionality in addition to the Cresnet signal transport capabilities and are available in both multimode and single-mode fiber, as well as “one-fiber” solutions. Typical applications for the two products include allowing the installation of a Crestron touchscreen panel at a long distance from the controller unit. This also allows for centralization of multiple controllers in a single equipment rack and the sending of Cresnet signals far beyond the capabilities of copper wiring.
The 288 series model transports RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485, including the Cresnet data format, along with two channels of bidirectional mic level, line level or phantom power analog audio. The Concierge Fiberstation is a miniature audio/video/data fiber-optic transport platform designed to install into industry standard floor and wall boxes. It is perfect for audio/video/data communications in hotels, convention centers, theaters, theme parks, and performing art centers. All models are available in standalone or card cage versions. Custom configurations, including Cresnet data-only models, and OEM versions are also available.