AV Expo

Articles September - October 2023


AV-ICN Expo Magazine shares a brief of latest installations from the world of pro AV in this recurring feature of AV installations. read more

Articles September - October 2023

PLAY Technologies Transforms AV Experiences at Aljamea New!

Sachin K. Jain, Principal Consultant, PLAY technologies, shares insights on the state-of-the-art facility as he recounts the installation experiences with AV-ICN Magazine. read more

Articles September - October 2023

Unwinding The Changing Dynamics of Sennheiser with Naveen Sridhara New!

During the latest 'TCC Medium' and 'TC Bar' launch, Naveen Sridhara, Director of Sales, Sennheiser, shared Sennheiser's big leap in the UC market and strategies to stimulate growth in the pro-AV segment. read more

Articles July-August 2023

PALM Expo 2023 Achieves Recognition from Global Brands New!

PALM Expo 2023 returned with its 21st edition, drawing exhibitors and at¬tendees from around the globe, simultaneously placing the Indian pro audio and lighting indus¬try on the map. read more

Articles July-August 2023

Pro AV Mass Market Momentum Emphasizes AV-ICN Expo Success New!

AV-ICN Expo 2023 took place at the BEC, Mumbai, once again marking its presence as the torchbearer for the AV industry in India. read more

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Opstron Debuts the Revolutionary HEX Converter

Opstron has announced the availability of their latest innovation – the HEX Converter. The HEX Converter neutralizes programming woes involved in replacing projectors or display devices connected to a control system while maintaining the same initially assigned control functionality, thereby allowing easy upgrades anytime, anywhere, and within any existing AV infrastructure where the display elements feature RS232 connectivity.

The most common device in an installed AV system that will require replacement is a display device (projectors, panels, etc.). The change could be due to a transition to a higher resolution display, bigger screen size, higher lumens projector, from lamp-based to laser-based or more significantly to a different brand. If the display devices are controlled by a control system such as touch panels or button controllers, reprogramming to accommodate the new display will be necessary. To re-programme, you will need the source code of the previous projector or display and the source code of the new device. In addition, you will need to hire a programmer.

Here is where Opstron's RS232 HEX Converter offers a distinct advantage. With the HEX Converter, you won't need to struggle with searching for the source codes or request for expensive services of a certified professional to reprogram the system so that you can have control over the new display.

The HEX Converter has a male and female RS232 port on each end of the device. The unit also comes with a free-ware application that resolves programming attributes related to the control of the projector or display, even without the original programme source code. The free-ware programme has one input and one output featuring 15 columns for coding each aspect. The input column carries the source code of the previous display, and the output column reflects the source code of the new display. The software also features a library of all the popularly used projectors' and display devices' source codes for easy reference.

Users with basic programming skills can easily reprogram their existing AV systems to include their new display device (s).

All the user needs to do is save the codes onto the HEX converter unit by assigning the correct sequence of inputs within the software. Then once the new display device/projector has been installed on-site, the HEX converter is connected to the device's RS232 serial port. At the same time, the other end is connected to the cable connecting to the control system. Once this process has been completed, the new display device/projector assumes the same control functions as the former device. 

Essentially, the converter acts as a key programming interface between the display device/projector and the controller. while being powered via RS232 connectivity, thereby eliminating the need for an external power source. The systems integrator can confidently do the job without worrying about programming issues. As the systems integrator is not making the programme change at the control panel, there is no need to be concerned about being a certified programmer of the control system brand.

Tan Beng Bok, Managing Director of Opstron, comments, "We kept facing programming issues when we were replacing projectors with a different brand. Though we have in-house programming experts, we felt that there should be a better way to do this, and thus the HEX converter was conceived. When we checked around with fellow AV professionals, we found that the problem was quite common as most clients did not have the source code or were concerned with the reprogramming cost. The cost-effectiveness of the HEX Converter makes a big impact especially when there are large numbers of devices that need to be replaced."

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