What is cmdBridge?
cmdBridge is an intelligent command protocol translator. Acting as a real time bridge between two systems, simultaneously handling both command and physical interface translation in a small versatile unit.
What can cmdBridge do for me?
By helping you in supporting and maintaining Audio Visual systems. For example, you have projector in a lecture that has failed. Traditionally you have a few options available;
Take the lecture theatre out of service whilst the projector is repaired.
Not ideal, as it may take a while to get the projector fixed.
Replace the projector with a spare of the same make and model.
Great option, if you have an exact spare sitting on the shelf ready to go.
Swap the projector out with an alternative and re-program the control system to use it.
This will get the system working, if you have the system source code. Don't forget you also need a programmer with the tools available to make the change too. If the projector deployed was a loan unit, when the original comes back from repair, you will need to re-program the control system again.
Alternatively cmdBridge can be used to keep the installation running without the need to re-program the control system. The animation below shows a typical deployment scenario.
How can cmdBridge reduce my costs?
Being able to deploy items from a common spares / loan stock more easily, without the need to touch an existing control system. Therefore reducing the resources needed to handle faulty equipment and offering a better service to your customers. Potentially you can keep a more strategic set of spares / loan stock to support service contracts too.
You can also use cmdBridge to extend the lifetime of an installation. A customer, for example, would like to upgrade a projector but doesn't have the control system source code, or budget and time to upgrade/re-program the whole system now. Deploying cmdBridge with a new projector would enable a cost effective fix, enhancing your relationship with your customer.
Pass-through mode lets you just swap physical control interface. An IP controlled device may be swapped out for one with the same language that only has a serial interface, or vice versa.
When bidding for support contracts, especially where the customer does not have the original system source code, including cmdBridge shows the customer you can easily support their system. You can use cmdBridge to automatically snapshot an existing systems operation. Creating a template configuration file ready to add in the details of your company’s loan equipment. Multiple different translations may be stored internally for simple and rapid deployment when required.