Riedel Communications previewed a new API, based on open NMOS standards, for its 1200 Series SmartPanel, at this year's NAB Show. This innovation will enable industry partners to utilise the SmartPanel as a user interface for their control, monitoring, and automation solutions, and is another example of how the app-based SmartPanel can be leveraged to take on additional duties within broadcast workflows.
For this initiative, Riedel has teamed up with several industry control and automation vendors, some of whom have implemented an early version of the API. Partners include ATOS BNCS, Axon Cerebrum, Broadcast Solutions hi, Lawo VSM, Pebble Beach Systems, and Skyline DataMiner.
The users of the Riedel 1200 Series SmartPanel Control Panel App can trigger actions in control/automation systems and then provide visual feedback on status and configuration changes using the colors, labels, and symbols that are inherent in the panel. With simultaneous use of the Intercom App and Control Panel App, the 1200 Series SmartPanel delivers a combination of capabilities to expand and enhance user workflows.
"The Control Panel App offers several advantages to a proprietary control solution. Most importantly, its NMOS underpinnings allow a third-party system to discover the panel's control elements, like its lever keys or touch screens, and assign any desired functionality," said Marco Muckenhaupt, senior product manager, Riedel Communications.