Controlling Equipment from the Floor
Stand on any gymnasium floor and look up – way up. At first glance, it doesn’t take much to imagine the level of sophistication in some of the equipment located overhead, not to mention the process of safely installing it. But with today’s technology and automation being built into so many of these products that are used on a daily basis, the question that often comes up is how to manage it all.
Many choose to have manual systems and equipment in place for reasons such as simplicity or with budget in mind. While there is nothing wrong with this type of operation and equipment, in terms of operational optimization, many are trending in the opposite direction.
With everything from basketball backstops that fold up into the ceiling or off to the side, to gym divider curtains, scoreboards and even volleyball systems, the modern gymnasium is becoming a connected one. With most of these products coming with independent electric controls, innovative solutions to manage them are now on the forefront.
The term group controller is still very new, but much progress in its development has been made over the past few years. As ceilings in Canada and the US continue to evolve to house the functions of its gymnasium’s systems, operators are keen to optimize efficiency in managing their athletic equipment.
Our group controllers were designed to solve this problem and provide an economical solution for the operation of basketball systems, gym divider curtains, lighting scoreboards and other electrically operated equipment. The seamless operation of all of this equipment is handled through a wall-mounted keypad that is programmed on-site. These systems can handle upwards of 160 separate devices including 75 moving groups and 50 auxiliary devices.
These controllers are secured using a unique passcode and do not require the use of keys like many similar systems of the past.
For the more tech-savvy operations managers, these systems are also available with full wi-fi capabilities and interactive touch screens. These systems are also paired with an app that can be installed on tablets and smartphones for additional control over these moving parts.