When choosing a projection screen, the first thing we typically consider is the optical performance. Another important, yet overlooked consideration is how to control the screen. Of course, we want top performance, but controlling the screen is as important when it comes to ensuring an overall quality experience.
At Draper, we keep all parts of the end-user’s experience in mind when designing our products. And that includes the controls. Here are four ways we design control systems that meet the needs of our customers.
Design a control solution around your needs (not vice versa)
There are lots of great control options out there, including voice control, RF (radio frequency), and building automation systems. With such an array of possibilities, it is easy to fall into the trap of going for a control system just because it’s cool. But what if it isn’t the best way to accomplish your goals? Paying big bucks for a system that does much more than you need is a waste, but so is settling for a system that doesn’t do enough.
Don’t lock anyone out
One complaint often heard in the AV industry is how different brands can’t communicate with each other. Proprietary control systems often have nice features, but it can create a problem down the road when you want to add new equipment. Draper prefers to remain neutral. We provide a way in to our screens, lifts, and shades, so pretty much any system can be used to control them.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
What happens when there’s a problem with your AV control system? Always have a backup plan. RF or IR remotes or even a simple wall switch will guarantee you can still have access to your projection screen even if your automation system is down. Our LVC-IV low voltage control is an easy way to accomplish this. The LVC-IV has connections for a low voltage wall switch, dry contact closure, RF remote, IR (infrared) remote, Serial Communication (RS232/RS485), and low-voltage relay.
Build it in
Hooking up a projection screen to a control system typically means having a low voltage control module to serve as a bridge. However, this can mean finding space for an external box. We recommend building the low-voltage module into the screen case. Draper’s LVC-IV may be built into Access, Ultimate Access, Silhouette, Premier, Targa, and Envoy screen models. It’s true that factory-installed controls can slightly increase the length of a screen case, but it still saves space over an external control.
For more details about Draper’s built-in low voltage controls, click here.