Utah Scientific Router Control: There’s an App for That
Utah Scientific is introducing mobile router control apps for the iPad and Android tablets that give users yet another control solution for their Utah Scientific routing systems. “Having instant access to the routing switcher is critical but not always possible in today’s on-the-go broadcast environment,” says Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “We created these mobile apps to give our customers a way to operate and maintain the router even when they’re not sitting in front of their control panels.”
The apps connect directly to the system controller and automatically download router configuration, labels, and status for quick operation wherever a Wi-Fi connection to the controller is available. Like all Utah Scientific control panels, the apps’ panel layout, button assignments, button colors, and even button icons are user-configurable for creating virtual control panels to suit specific applications or locations.
Using the RCP-3a Ethernet protocol, the apps connect to a router controller to download the router’s source and destination lists, then place the sources and destinations on buttons on the GUI. The apps will work with any single-level router up to 144 x 144 in size as long as the system controller is able to support RCP-3a communications (“E” model controllers).