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Global Caché Updates Control for Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Integrators at Unified AV Systems save themselves the hassle of running new wiring to automate a mermaid exhibit at Ripley’s.

Global Caché Updates Control for Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been a staple sightseeing attraction along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach since the 1970s.
Lisa Montgomery · August 1, 2017

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been a staple sightseeing attraction along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach since the 1970s. During its 40+ year stint, it’s gone through several expansions, renovations and facelifts. Many of these improvements have been cosmetic, but like many tourist attractions, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to keep the facility fresh and attractive to new generations of visitors.

Recently, the commercial integrators from Unified AV Systems, of Greenville, S.C., had a chance to get involved in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! update. This solution would involve adding a Crestron touchpanel for the mermaid exhibit and show, and relying on a iTach TCP/IP to Contact Closure (IP2CC) from Global Caché to complete the job in a timely and economical manner.

This component from Global Caché would singlehandedly streamline and simplify what could have been a complicated endeavor, according to Unified AV Systems design engineer Hal Hawkins.

“The facility already had its own LAN and had been previously using a button to start the music for the mermaid show,” he explains. “The Crestron touchpanel was added to do the same thing but in a more modern form factor that would allow employees to control other aspects of the exhibit.”

The IP2CC allowed Unified AV Systems to enable the Crestron touchpanel to control the existing relay activated devices without having to add new wiring.

“It’s really great to have this module to do the job rather than having to use a completely proprietary solution,” Hawkins comments. “The IP2CC was a huge help on this job, and is a consistent problem solver on other projects.”

Some of these other projects include high school and college classrooms and boardrooms.

“Thanks to Global Caché’s range of IP modules we are able to add touchpanels to lecturns to enable presenters to control existing classroom and boardroom displays, and do so without having to install a complete proprietary control system,” Hawkins says. “Another benefit is that anything connected to a Global Caché module becomes IP enabled and can communicate with anything, be it a product that’s RS-232, IR, or contact closure."

The ability deliver an Internet of Things experience to its clientele has expanded into United AV Systems’ business model. The company can offer remote management service thanks to the Internet connectivity afforded by Global Caché products.

“We can track room metrics and monitor each Global Caché connected device individually. By being able to go straight to the device instead of through an overarching processor we are able to get a clearer understanding of any problem that might exist.”

So far, everything is going along swimmingly at Ray Bay, where the mermaids swim along with stingrays and sharks at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Presenters now have a more engaging, interactive way to control the music and video that makes the mermaid show a crowd favorite. Meanwhile, United AV System can chalk up another successful project in part to the non-proprietary nature of a Global Caché solution. 

  About the Author

Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in addition electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home. Over the years, she has developed close relationships with key manufacturers and seasoned custom electronics professionals, giving her a keen sense of what home technologies are hot now and what is on the horizon. She shares this wisdom regularly through feature stories, product roundups, case studies technology spotlights and comprehensive guides and books. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Lisa at [email protected]

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