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Lightware is a leading manufacturer of DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort matrix switchers, signal extenders and accessories for the professional AV market.

25G Hybrid Technology. 25G Hybrid Signal Management introduces a completely new concept to the AV industry. Innovative engineering and design has resulted in a unique new technology that allows managing, switching and extending of digital and analog video, audio, Ethernet, and control with a new and inventive Multilayer technology. Designed to deliver exceptionally high resolution image quality and 24/7 reliability, the 25G Hybrid technology sets a new standard in the professional AV industry.

High Fidelity Signal Management. All of Lightware’s products utilize pixel by pixel signal transmission from A to B. No latency and no compression ensure the signal keeps its original quality. Lightware attains this through such proprietary technologies as Pixel Accurate Reclocking and Single Fiber Technology.

The Lightware Advantage For Collaboration Space Installers

Lightware products have great advantages for installers, helping the process of installation and operation as well.
There are three main feature areas which make Lightware products the best choice for system integrators, consultants and end-users: analytics, diagnostics and the open API.

Analytics

Lightware products have a built-in video frame rate analyzer, a tool none of our competitors have. Users can receive constant feedback about the exact pixel count and clock frequency as well.

 

Diagnostics

The cable diagnostics tool can show the exact transmission error rate between transmitter and receiver.

 

Open API

Every bit of data in Lightware systems is openly available for higher level management and monitoring systems.

Download Open API White Paper

 

Unique Lightware Features

When in a project hundreds of huddle rooms are installed at the same time, the system has to be easy to use, easy to manage and easy to deploy. Lightware provides all three.

Our multiport extenders not only provide ample ports for connecting several devices, but also a native DisplayPort port for input, which is not offered by most manufacturers. Most Lightware TPS (HDBaseT) extenders support 4K signal extension for 100 m distance, which is also rather unique. The extension distance for FullHD resolution is 170 m, a substantially bigger distance than what other makers are able to offer.

The features are available and can be adjusted via the freely downloadable Lightware Device Controller (LDC) software. Within its TPS link screen users can learn about the CATx cable link between the transmitter and the receiver, this is where the frame detector is also available.

Frame Detector

Frame detector provides information about the full and the actual frame’s pixel count and frequencies and also about the measured pixel clock.

Cable diagnostics tool gives immediate feedback about any problem occurring in the physical layer manifested by the CATx cable.

As the error rate data is logged continuously, there is also a log view screen available.

There is also a built-in test pattern generator offering most types of test patterns for various fine-tuning purposes at commissioning systems.

Lightware TPS devices and select other products including matrix switchers have a built-in control processor featuring IR, TCP/IP, RS-232 and GPIO ports, no third party control solution needs to be purchased. Lightware’s built-in control solution feature is called the Event Manager, it is also available via the LDC. This tool can perform various actions as a response to predefined conditions using the control ports. 

Lightware Technologies

4K UHD  4K UHD

Most Lightware products support 4096×2160@4K 30Hz 4:4:4 / 3840×2160@30Hz UHD resolutions since 2013. We produce 4K boards for modular matrices, 4K extenders and distribution amplifiers with point-to-point 4K transmission connecting to MX series matrices as far end points. New Lightware products released in 2016 are already compatible with the 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 format, supporting HDMI 2.0 standards.

3D  3D Formats Support

Lightware provides complex, integrated solutions for the digital age, also delivering 3D content. Employing our products customers can use 3D technology in every typical, contemporary environment from home AV to professional, including Blu-ray players, game consoles, cable, and satellite or broadcast installations.


Multilayer  Multilayer Signal Routing

In the 25G product range Lightware added a third dimension of signal routing, the Media Layers, which provide the flexibility and freedom of independent signal switching. 25G Hybrid router manages as many Media Layers as signal types: there are as many individual routers as many signal types are incorporated. The advanced audio functions make this technology even more unique handling three different audio layers: Embedded Audio, Forward Audio and Return Audio.


Room Management  Room Management

As the maximal crosspoint area in our 25G Hybrid routers is a huge switching plane, we have introduced ’Room Management’. A number of sources and destinations on the switching plane can be grouped and designated as a virtual room, which can also share some resources if required. If, for example, the administrator wants to prohibit an operator in one room from accidentally making switches in another, the maximal crosspoint area can be divided into smaller virtual matrices called ’rooms’ where all operators can access only the virtual rooms they are allowed to.


UMX  UMX Technology

UMX (Universal MatriX) technology was developed to support various analog and digital video and audio signal formats with several input connection possibilities. Analog signals are converted to digital formats at the input port which makes cross switching between the analog and digital input signals possible without delay.


Breakaway  Breakaway Audio/Video Switching

Breakaway audio/video switching allows for switching audio and video separately by de-embedding and embedding audio from/into HDMI signals. For instance, audio can be de-embedded from the incoming HDMI stream, then at output a different audio can be embedded into the video signal from a different source, or audio can be routed to a separate output port.


Hybrid Modular  Hybrid Modular Concept

The various input and output boards of the Lightware MX modular matrix switchers can be mixed in the same frame without limitation. The MX architecture allows routing signals between boards even if they have different (DVI, HDMI, fiber optical, or CATx twisted pair) interfaces. A wide range of compatible Lightware extender devices is available to link with the installed input and output boards.


Cross Compatibility  Cross Compatibility

Cross-Compatibility is ensured among most devices in the Lightware product families. Extender pairs work together in point to point standalone applications and can also be connected to a matrix router. This integrated solution simplifies installation and helps reducing system costs as well.


Single Fiber  Single Fiber Technology

Single Fiber Technology is the core of our OPT, OPTS and OPTM fiber optical extenders. This technology allows sending video, USB, Ethernet, RS-232, IR and audio signals over a single fiber cable. Installation of these extenders is easy and cost effective.


RS-232  RS-232 Over Fiber and TPS

This control option allows for remote control of the endpoint devices (e.g. sources and displays) through a single fiber or twisted pair cable. The central control system can send and receive commands directly to and from the far endpoint devices with RS-232 control capability. The control commands are delivered via the same fiber or CATx cable which carries the video and audio signal therefore no extra cabling is required for RS-232 control.


HDCP Compatibility  HDCP Compliancy

All Lightware standalone and modular matrix router frames, relevant I/O boards and devices are compatible with HDCP encrypted sources and displays. Installing a complex AV system with mixed, HDCP and non-HDCP components is easy and simple as with our non-blocking architecture HDCP and non-HDCP boards are now compatible within the same chassis.


EDID  Advanced EDID Management

This proprietary Lightware technology can store more than 100 user EDID files and has a large set of factory preloaded EDID versions including all standard DVI resolutions. HDMI EDIDs with various audio channels and codecs are also supported, plus analog VESA, non-standard VGA EDID formats and Dual-Link DVI resolutions including the latest 4K projector requirements. With the supplied Lightware Device Controller and the 25G Controller Software applications including Advanced EDID Editor users can create their own EDID file and upload it to any supported Lightware product, or modify existing EDID data read from any projector or monitor. It supports .bin, .dat and .edid file formats, allowing system engineers to generate EDID files for 3rd party AV products.


Advanced Control Options  Advanced Control Option

Advanced Control Options allow every parameter of the device to be set by the Lightware Device Controller (LDC) software with protocol commands sent over Ethernet, USB or RS-232. The Lightware control protocol is an open protocol, so any third party control solution can be used in an integrated system.


Advanced Audio Option  Advanced Audio Option

Analog audio signals are still widely used in AV applications. Lightware extenders and matrix boards support direct analog audio connections to ease system integration. Analog audio ports feature volume and gain controls. These controls help to interface with an audio subsystem or if the ports are connected directly to audio sources or speakers they provide easy sound adjustment.


Pixel Accurate Reclocking  Pixel Accurate Reclocking

The world’s first DVI matrix switcher (MX8x8DVI-Pro) was created by Lightware in 2006 and it already included this proprietary technology: Pixel Accurate Reclocking provides exceptional signal regeneration capability: the signals are cleared from noise, skew and jitter caused by long cable runs, EMC incompatible devices and poor quality twisted pair cables/equipment. Automatic skew compensation eliminates intra-pair and inter-pair skew caused by imperfect wire twists and lengths in DVI, HDMI and CAT cables. Pixel Accurate Reclocking decodes the pixel information from the video content and drives them over the dual PLL circuitry. The regenerated pixel information is re-encoded as a DVI or HDMI signal ensuring that the output is stable with sharp digital transitions and accurate timings.


RICOD  RICOD (Remote Input Control over DDC)

Remote input control over DDC is designed to switch inputs remotely on Lightware signal extenders without any additional control cabling. The RICOD master device can control the RICOD slave device which is connected to its input port. This allows the user to switch between the multiple input ports on the remote transmitter directly from a matrix switcher.


Frame Detector  Frame Detector and Input Signal Analysis

Uniquely available in Lightware matrices, this function determines the exact video format sent by the source and helps to identify several potential issues. The signal analyser displays detailed information of an incoming video and audio signal such as timing, frequencies, scan mode, HDCP encryption, colour range, colour space and audio sample rate. In the Frame Detector window the parameters are displayed on an intuitive graphical interface. This function is now available via CPU2 on all input boards.


Built-in Cable  Built-in Cable Compensation

The cable extender present at each port in the MX modular extenders can be used in manual or automatic adaptive mode extending the cable length at inputs respective to the signal format. Using a 22AWG high quality DVI or HDMI cable, the inputs are automatically compensated for various cable lengths at 1080p, WUXGA and 2K computer resolutions at 24bpp. This feature eliminates the need for additional cable extender boxes in the system rack.


Slim Design  Slim Design

Lightware always pays attention to design space saving solutions for applications. The slim matrices were designed to operate in very tight or fully packed rack boxes.


No Signal Latency  No Signal Latency

Lightware matrix routers and standalone extenders do not add frame or line period delay to the signal, switching is instantaneous. Lightware routers do not add delay, thus the switching speed depends only on the monitor.


Reliability  Reliability and Redundancy

At Lightware we build our reputation and pay special attention on designing, developing and making truly reliable products. Our MX frames (e.g. MX-FR33R, MX-FR65R and MX-FR80R) and the 25G hybrid line frames have hot-swappable N+1 redundant power supplies. These frames were designed for mission critical operations where redundancy is key and high reliability is required. If one of the supplies fails unexpectedly the remaining PSU units continue to function while the AV system remains seamlessly in operation. In the 25G frames the 25G CPU stores the settings of all boards and sends backups to the second CPU. If the first CPU fails, the second takes over automatically with using the same settings.


Extension Distances  Extension Distance

Lightware extenders can transmit signals to the farthest distances technically possible. Lightware products feature traditional twisted pair, HDBaseT™ or optical fiber extensions.


Warranty  Warranty

The Lightware support team pays close attention to detail in after-sale services. We have always tried to take the extra mile in the past and will always continue to do so in the future for the full satisfaction of our clients. Our support services develop along with our business growth and we intend to maintain our reputation of having one of the best support in the AV industry.


User Access Management  User Access Management

User Access Management allows the system administrator to set a user password for increased security to access system control. If such a password is not set, then anybody can change settings in the matrix.


LDC  Lightware Device Controller

The Lightware Device Controller (LDC) application keeps receiving upgrades adding new features and tools. The latest edition of LDC got more intuitive, user friendly, smarter and has a modern user interface. Tile view in LDC presents a new way of matrix handling, the Dynamic Crosspoint Layout allows using it on different screen resolutions and an auto update function is now also integrated. The Lightware Device Controller is available for both Windows and OS X operating systems.


Configuration Cloning  Configuraton Cloning

Configuration Cloning is available as a feature of the Lightware Device Controller software and it eliminates the need to repeatedly configure certain devices in a configuration to have identical (nonfactory) settings. If the devices have to be installed in the same type of system multiple times, then it is enough to set up only one device to fit the requirements and then copy those settings to the others, saving time and resources. The cloning process can be performed in two steps: saving the configuration of one device into a backup file and then restoring settings from the backup file in another device.


Event Manager  Event Manager

The Event Manager is a smart, built-in feature in the Lightware HDBaseT™compatible TPS extender family, the MODEX line and in select matrix switchers like the MMX6x2-HT series units. The feature is available through the freely downloadable Lightware Device Controller software and can be configured to detect changes in the device status and perform actions according to the predefined settings. The Event Manager was developed to handle tasks from the most simple to expert ones, like controlling the rolling shutter, the air conditioning system or the lights based on any condition changes on the media ports, such as a new source being connected or removed. The Event Manager ensures that no additional control solution is required in less complex systems. The latest, recent upgrade of the Event Manager application added substantial available options to the list of configurable conditions and performable actions.


TPS  TPS Cable Diagnostics Tool

The TPS Cable Diagnostics Tool within the LDC software will help you identify potential twisted pair cable issues in your TPS‑capable (HDBaseT compliant) system. It provides a real‑time overview of the estimated cable lengths and the quality of the link.


Analog to Digital  Analog to Digital Conversion

The analog video is digitized at the input ports which ensures signal integrity within the whole system. The conversion does not cause any latency zero frame delay being crucial in certain applications. The UMX technology allows the combination of analog and digital signals in the same system. A VGA video and an analog stereo audio signal can be combined to generate an HDMI signal with embedded audio or the same analog audio can also be embedded into other incoming HDMI signals.


GUI  Graphical User Interface

25G Hybrid matrices have a built‑in JAVA‑based graphical user interface which eases system control, setup, maintenance and troubleshooting. It is accessible via LAN, RS‑232 and the front panel touch screen.


IR  Infrared

Infrared (IR) is a wireless technology used for device communication over short ranges. IR communication has major limitations because it requires line-of-sight, has a short transmission range and is unable to penetrate walls. Infrared is commonly used for remote control based applications. Third party control systems may send IR control commands to endpoints turning them on and off or switching their inputs. IR capable extenders can carry the IR signal via CAT cable or optical line to greater distances along with other data.


POE  Power over Ethernet

Power over Ethernet or PoE describes a standardized system which pass electric power along with data on twisted pair Ethernet (CAT) cabling. This allows a single cable to provide both data connection and electric power to remote devices.


Scaling  Scaling

Video scaling is the process of changing the size of a video frame in order to match the native resolution of a display sink. It involves converting the resolution to a higher or lower format and also a change in aspect ratio; typically from 4:3 to 16:9.
A video scaler is a system which converts video signals from one display resolution to another. Scalers are used to convert a signal from a lower resolution to a higher resolution.

DSP  DSP

The Digital Signal Processor (DSP) performs processes of analyzing and modifying a signal to optimize or improve its efficiency and performance, or modify certain properties of it. The built-in DSP in select Lightware products provides audio mixer services including fader, ducking, equalizer, mute, balance and gain.

New Experiences for Presenters and the Audience

 

With the launch of crowdbeamer®, meetings, presentations, events and press conferences are elevated to a new level.

For starters, crowdbeamer® offers great ease of use to speakers.
“crowdbeamer® is not dependent on the Internet. Consequently, as a speaker, you no longer need to worry about a good Wi-Fi connection”, says co-founder Hans Romaen. “You offer your audience an innovative, unique service which enables them to store images right on their own device, as well as adding notes. Moreover, this is a sustainable solution because, thanks to crowdbeamer®, there is no more need to hand out printouts of presentations.”
Also, since the system immediately disseminates information, presentations no longer need to betransmitted in advance, resulting in additional time savings for the speaker.

The unique thing about crowdbeamer® is that the audience, at the same time as the speaker, have the same image on their screen and can start working on it right away: Take notes, mark elements, place comments… and store only the information they find interesting. No more lost notes: Everything is stored right away on their own, familiar device. In addition, crowdbeamer® provides the perfect solution for a common annoyance during presentations: legibility. Everything is perfectly legible on your own screen!
All the audience need is the free crowdbeamer® app on the devices they always have with them: laptop, smartphone or tablet.

A growing number of people want to have as many things digital as possible

 

“The development of crowdbeamer® meets a real need”, explains Peter Ryckaert, co-founder of crowdbeamer®. “Research* shows that 76% – while attending a presentation – would like to be able to immediately note down their ideas to accompany the slides. Thus, crowdbeamer® represents a real added value for them”, Peter Ryckaert continues. “We expect crowdbeamer® to appeal to a great many people. Already, 8 in 10 Dutch citizens have a laptop, 9 in 10 have a smartphone and 67% have a tablet.”
In professional environments, too, smartphones, tablets or laptops are often brought to meetings and/or presentations, for example to take screenshots or photos during a presentation or to film part of it.

Where and For Whom?

 
Crowdbeamer® has a wide variety of uses. The presentation system can be used any place where people gather: In classic meetings, during a sales pitch, but also outdoors, at construction sites, during dinner, on the bus or the train, in hotel lobbies…
“We are especially proud to have a few big corporate names among our early adopters. Even before the product hit the market, they demonstrated their confidence in crowdbeamer®. They include the Belgian multinational company Puratos, Deloitte, Hanssens Telecom, Groep Hugo Ceusters and the Crown Plaza Hotel in Bruges”, concludes Hans Romaen.
crowdbeamer is a RORYCO trademark.
RORYCO was founded in 2015 by Hans Romaen and Peter Ryckaert.

Chameleon Smart Home

 

 


Chameleon offers Smart Home Ready technology and offers its products mainly to smart home installers and real estate developers. By using Chameleon’s solution the customer has the freedom to chose any Smart Home system in the market  with an initial surplus of installed devices.

Home owners – according to their budget and preferences – will choose an appropriate Smart Home system which can be swapped with another one in the future if needed.

There is no need for manufacturer dependent devices. Following the traditional electrical installation, wiring and setup can be reduced by 40% compared to other services with same standards.

The Controller is responsible for making the translation between the signals collected by the Chameleon LS Family units, and the chosen Smart Home brain.

 

Basic functions of Chameleon Smarthome system:

 

 Lighting control
Remote access
 Irrigation
 Motion sensor
 Voice control and music
 Heating, cooling
 Night mode
 Shitter control