A projector upgrade in a training room at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (Texas) has prompted the installation of a TEKVOX TEK-UT Universal Translator, a specially configured version of the popular TekMonitor networked AV and Room Controller. The specific use in this case was to enable the replacement of a projector without changing the code or configuration of the Crestron control system, which saved money in programming and will make future projector swaps as easy as selecting a new driver.
The training room is used by medical and administrative personnel at the hospital, which opened in 1959 as the city’s first hospital dedicated to children. Now part of the Christus Santa Rosa Health System, the growing campus of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio maintains partnerships with Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital.
“The training room had a Sanyo projector, which had been operating for a dozen years – well beyond its life expectancy,” says George Vigue, vice president of Custom Systems Design Inc. (CSDI), a TEKVOX Authorized Integrator. “The hospital wanted to replace the Sanyo projector with a new Panasonic digital projector. A Crestron touch panel controls all of the room functions, including selecting video sources and bringing up the cameras for videoconferencing.
“The hospital no longer had any control system code for the room and expected to rewrite it so they could add the Panasonic projector,” he explains. “But trying to rewrite and reload code to this system was risky and time consuming. So we decided to have the TEK-UT act as the controller for Crestron. That decision took us from a potentially lengthy code rewriting process to a plug-and-play scenario.”
Vigue notes that CSDI has used quite a few of the standard TekMonitor controllers with Creston systems as well as in stand-alone applications with TEKVOX keypads. “We’ve used TekMonitors in applications including corporate boardrooms, classrooms and churches,” he reports. “It seemed natural to use the TEK-UT configuration of TekMonitor to perform the control system translation and save our customer the headache and major expense of a control code rewrite to merely replace the projector.”
At The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio CSDI installed the pre-configured TEK-UT in the training room’s equipment rack. “We only had to use the cable adapters that were included with TEK-UT at the projector and at the control system — the TEK-UT was powered right from the control system,” says Vigue. “We didn’t even need to open the ceiling. Because the unit was pre-configured, we could send out a Level 1 tech to install the projector and the TEK-UT. The team at TEKVOX took care of creating the control system driver and the projector driver was already available in their driver portfolio.”
Right now the TEK-UT only performs transcoding functions for the new digital projector. But it offers the additional autonomous control and monitoring capabilities of a full TekMonitor when connected to a network, which the training room can use as future upgrades are implemented.
“The conversion to the TEK-UT worked flawlessly, and all existing control system functions worked just as they originally did,” notes Vigue. “This product saved us and the customer time and money and helped extend the life of an ageing room. When the customer decides to upgrade the room further, the TEK-UT system will provide easy integration to any new technology used.”
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