No programming, no problem—at least not for users of the Gefen GAVA. The newly announced GAVA stands for Gefen Audio/Video Automation, and it’s designed for all kinds of commercial applications.
Promising an incredibly easy installation process, GAVA doesn’t need any sort of programming. Instead, it has a configuration wizard and an IP-based system to connect and control all of the audio and video, as well as lighting and automated window shades.
GAVA also has an HTML5 interface, so it works with smartphones and tablets via any web browser. No apps or downloads are needed.
Gefen says that GAVA works with a variety of AV devices. However, if something isn’t IP-ready, GAVA can be combined with Gefen’s PACS (Professional Automation Control System) or even the Mini PACS. Those bridge devices can connect via IP to use RS-232, IR and triggers to control A/V components. The PACS have eight IR emitter ports, three RS-232 ports, 10 trigger outputs and an Ethernet 10/100 BaseT connection, while the Mini PACS have three IR ports, one RS-232 port, two relay contacts plus the Ethernet port.
“GAVA offers the most intuitive system setups available today,” said Orrin Charm, Gefen’s automation project manager. “By using templates and a driver library to identify and configure A/V equipment, you can set up a multi-zone rooms in just a few minutes. Yet it is a multi-room, multi-user control system, and not just another ‘smart’ remote.”
Gefen is selling GAVA now, in several different “kit” packages. Contact your local distributor for more information about the different packages and GAVA pricing. GAVA also comes with remote service access and can be easily upgraded throughout the life of the product.