• Office Automation

    A Few Applications of Building Management Systems over IP Networks

    Building Management Systems (BMS) is the cumulative name for all devices that are used to monitor and control HVAC (Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning) systems, Security systems (like fire alarms, access controls), Lighting systems, Energy management, etc. in a large premises.¬†Intelligent BMS systems integrate disparate BMS devices/networks onto a common network (IP) to enable unified automation and management, even though they maybe manufactured by different vendors. In the future, we may get a single dashboard to manage all BMS and Network/IT systems. But why should we think about such a grand integration? Apart from the reduced capital and maintenance costs needed to create and maintain a single network (vs. multiple…

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    Are Solid State Hybrid LED/Laser Projectors gaining popularity?

    With a rated light-source life of 20,000 hours, the new solid state hybrid LED/LASER projectors are definitely getting some positive attention. But will they eventually replace the LCD/DLP projectors? The current breed of projectors have been increasing in popularity due to higher brightness, higher resolution, excellent picture clarity, HD/3D support and other features. Projectors have been getting increasingly affordable and that’s one reason why home-theater projectors have become a reality, today. When you think of buying a projector, the first thing you might want to know is – What’s the lamp life, lamp warranty and lamp replacement cost? Generally projectors come with 3000 – 5000 hours of rated lamp-life, do…

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    Advantages and Limitations of IP Clocks

    What is an IP Clock: Yes, there is something called as IP Clock! The main purpose of an IP Clock system is to connect to the computer (IP) network and synchronize with the NTP server so that the same time can be displayed on all the clocks connected over the network. The above Youtube video is about synchronized clocks from a vendor and it also gives a small intro to IP clocks, at the end. Components of an IP Clock: Analog/Digital clocks that can directly connect to the network using RJ-45 interfaces, Computer (IP) Network/ Cat 6 Cables, POE Switches/POE Injectors, NTP Server/Internet-based time-source. Applications of an IP Clock: IP…

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    You can use WOL – Wake On LAN to remotely Switch On or Off systems

    WOL (Wake on LAN) technology enables one to remotely switch On or switch Off a computer or a server using just the network port/network adapter. WOL could be useful for certain applications like, An administrator performing remote maintenance activities over LAN need not switch On or switch Off individual machines physically. They can just remotely switch it On, complete the maintenance activities and switch it Off, without leaving their desk. Some servers need not be always On. They can normally be kept in the switched Off state and switched On from anywhere, when required. This saves a lot of power, reduces the heat & wear and tear due to continuous…

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    What is a Photo ID Printer and should your organization own one?

    Photo ID Cards are issued in almost all the organizations, big or small these days. While there are service providers who can design and supply these Photo ID Cards, you also have the option of buying a Photo ID Printer and printing your own Photo ID Cards, in your company. Lets find out more about Photo ID Printers in this article.

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    SOHO Multifunction Printers – Ten factors you ought to consider before buying one

    A Multifunction printer (MFP) is very popular in the SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) segment because it offers print, copy, scan & fax (optional) capabilities in one device. Its also called an AIO – All In One device. In this post, we explore ten factors that you ought to consider before buying an MFP. 1. Printing Technology: Inkjet/ Laser A Multifunction printer is primarily categorized based on the printing technology – Inkjet / Laser. While Inkjet printers are comparatively cost effective to buy, they offer a lower printing speed (generally) and higher cost of printing per page. So, for low printing volumes/ month, Inkjet printers might be fine –…

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    Lighting Control options for Enterprise Companies

    Lighting, is often taken for granted in enterprise companies. But, there are some options available with lighting that can be applied to save energy, create a better ambiance & use sunlight. In this article we will discuss some Lighting Control techniques that can be used in enterprise companies.

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  • Office Automation

    Components of Digital Cinema

    This article gives a small introduction to some of the individual components that make a Digital Cinema - The Digital Camera, Processing Tools, Content Distribution, Server/Theatre Management and Digital Projectors. As the name suggests, Digital Cinema aims to make all the processes completely digital using the above individual components.

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    Digital Cinema – Advantages and Limitations

    Digital Cinema is much more than using a digital projector to display the cinema... In this article we will have a look at the advantages/benefits of Digital cinema over the analog film based cinemas to understand why so many theatres/production houses in the world are converting to digital cinemas and we will also see some limitations of digital cinemas - why the film based cinematography is still popular in this near to digital world!

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    Pico Projectors – The smallest projectors

    You thought the smallest projectors were around 800 grams to 1 Kg? You are in for a surprise then - there are pico projectors which just weigh around 110 - 150 grams and are small enough to be kept in your pocket! Let us see some of the features and functionalities of these projectors along with where they can be used.

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    What are Audio/Video Matrix Switchers?

    This article gives an introduction to Matrix Switchers with respect to the Audio/Video industry. We see what are matrix switchers, why they are required and what inputs/outputs they support. We also see how the matrix switchers are controlled and the virtual configurations supported by certain large matrix switchers.

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