Products, Materials + Tools | Aug 22, 2011

Pharos Launches New Touch Panel Controller

UK - Pharos Architectural Controls has announced the new Pharos Touch Panel Controller. The TPC is an advanced, standalone, solid state lighting controller with an integrated 4.3" customisable touch screen, 512 channels of eDMX output and vast interfacing potential all over a single PoE network connection.

Main Features:
• Realtime control of playback selection and lighting levels - gracefully transition between scenes, sequences, effects and pixel-mapped media
• Customizable touch screen user interface - create multiple pages of controls and configure their appearance and visual feedback
• Triggering and show control via touch screen, learning IR sensor, temperature sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, Ethernet, realtime and astronomical clocks
• Conveniently and intuitively programmed and simulated in Designer on a PC or Mac. Graphical user interface created in Interface Editor and all uploaded over Ethernet
• One universe of eDMX output directly to KiNet, sACN, ArtNet and Pathport fixtures. Optional remote devices for DMX, DALI, linear timecode, audio, MIDI, serial ports, digital/analog inputs and relay ouptuts
• Remote management and control via built-in web server. Monitor, trigger and reprogram units remotely and securely over the Internet using a web browser or Pharos Installation Manager
• LPCs & TPCs seamlessly network together for synchronized control on larger systems with multiple controllers
• Elegant wall mounting, solid state, instant-on, lighting control solution
• Available soon...
• 5 year warranty

Environmental Features:
•Low power (4W)
•RoHS/WEEE compliant
•Realtime & astronomical clock
•Environmental sensors for daylight harvesting and occupancy detection

Programmed in Pharos Designer, the TPC has the same advanced playback and show control engine as the popular and award winning Pharos Lighting Playback Controllers. Over an Ethernet network it can interface with other Pharos controllers, button panels and remote devices. The companion Interface Editor application allows you to build themed user interface pages, creating and organising multiple pages of buttons, sliders and colour pickers to suit the installation and customer needs.

The wall-mounting design features a magnetic overlay within the plated bezel to produce a modern, streamlined design; a variety of finishes and overlays will be available. The TPC is a Power over Ethernet (PoE) device and therefore requires just one cable to install. It controls networked eDMX fixtures, integrates with building management systems, serves web apps to mobile devices and allows remote management over the Internet. Built-in environmental sensors can be used to influence screen behaviour and as triggers for lighting events.

Pharos product manager Liz Cecil says, "The TPC is an exciting addition to our range of controllers at a very competitive price. With the TPC we are delivering an elegant, fully-featured lighting controller, with an integrated, capacitive touch screen - it will be a perfect solution both for smaller installations and as a touch screen interface for larger Pharos control systems."

Full details including datasheet and sales spec can be found on the new TPC product page.

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