QSC goes soft on control
QSC has expanded control capabilities for its Q-Sys Platform with a focus on software, programming tools, native touch screen controllers and drag-and-drop visual programming capabilities.
Q-Sys Reflect is a monitoring and management platform for local and remote management of Q-Sys systems.
Q-Sys Reflect Core Manager runs natively on the Q-Sys Core processor. Q-Sys Reflect Enterprise Manager manages multiple Q-Sys systems and peripherals.
QSC will initially offer Q-Sys Reflect Enterprise Manager as a hosted cloud-based solution. In future product details and feature updates, QSC will include an on-premise version as well as an API, which will allow users to connect and integrate Q-Sys Reflect with other enterprise management applications and dashboards.
The company has also released software-based control feature licensing to remove the need for dedicated control hardware.
The Q-Sys UCI Editor is a drag-and-drop design tool that allows users to create custom UCIs for native Q-Sys touch screen controllers.
It is based on technology initially developed by Google and MIT and currently deployed commercially in a number of products and platforms. The open source visual programming tool uses interlocking, graphical blocks to represent common code programming concepts including logical expressions and loops.
For more complex tasks, the Q-Sys Scripting Engine allows control plug-ins and scripts to integrate third-party devices with the Q-Sys Platform. It also provides the backbone for new Controller components that allow users to create custom scripts using scripting languages including Lua, an open-source language.
During AV system design development and testing, the full functionality of the Q-Sys Designer Software, including the Q-Sys UCI Editor and the Q-Sys Scripting Engine, are included at no cost while running in “emulation mode”. When it comes time to deploy a system design to the Q-Sys Core processor, users can selectively enable control-related features as needed using software licenses.
QSC also announced TSC-G2 Series touch screen controllers that offer native integration with the Q-Sys platform without requiring a dedicated control processor to operate.
The capacitive PoE LCD touch screens are native to the Q-Sys Platform, equipped with IPS technology for off-axis viewing, and require no dedicated control hardware to operate. TSC-G2 Series is available in four sizes – 4.7-in, 5.5-in, 8.0-in and 11.6-in – and offer wall mount options and table top stand accessories.
QSC will exhibit at the ISE 2018 show in Amsterdam on stand 7-E200 from February 6 to 9.