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S1Digital and Autonomic Controls Partner to Provide A/V Integration Support for Media Center
S1Digital LLC, a leading manufacturer of Media Servers based on Windows Media Center Edition, and Autonomic Controls, Inc., the exclusive provider of AV integration software for Windows Media Center Edition, have entered into an OEM agreement to provide custom installers with a two way control protocol for S1Digital Media Centers.
New York, NY. June 30, 2006. S1Digital LLC and Autonomic Controls' have partnered to provide custom integrators with two-way, IP based control of S1Digital Media Centers. The control protocol is now available as a pre-installed option across the range of S1Digital's Media Centers and is designed to ease the integration efforts for custom A/V installers.
Residential and commercial A/V installers can utilize S1Digital Media Centerswith Autonomic Controls' technology to provide a cost effective yet hyper-functional whole house Media Server for use in multi-zone audio and video applications while providing a robust touch panel interface for browsing and managing the Media Center's content library.
Pre-built modules and touch panel interfaces for Crestron control systems is available for download on S1Digital's website, and an AMX module will be available by September. The companies will also be demonstrating a UMPC interface to S1Digital's Media Centers in the Intel booth at CEDIA this September. After the show, installers and customers can see a demonstration of the touch panel interface at S1Digital's new showroom in New York City.
S1Digital's Media Centers provide users with the ability to maintain and enjoy a large media collection of music, movies, pictures, and recorded TV, in a single box. The diverse functionality far exceeds any other media hardware and software currently available, and now S1Digital and Autonomic Controls' announcement eliminates a major barrier when installing S1Digital's Media Centers with 3rd party home control solutions.
"Media Center PCs optimized to run as a hub of a home entertainment center--for storing, managing and distributing digital files--can cost $2,000 to more than $7,000, depending on the configuration, whereas [dedicated] music servers typically range from about $5,000 to more than $25,000.", said Jeff O'Heir, a columnist for Computer Reseller News. "And while those systems are strictly designed for audio, media-oriented PCs can handle music, photos, video games and other files. "
Autonomic Controls' OEM product, Media Center Edition Control Server (MCECS) acts as a bi-directional communications gateway between the Media Center software and touch panel remote control devices such as those made by Crestron, AMX, and Control 4, or other systems capable of IP communication. The technology will also be used with web tablets, ultra mobile touch screen PCs, and Windows SideShow devices.
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