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The ARC Plus brings power, flexibility and efficiency to IP-based broadcast remote control. Taking advantage of the scalability of IP and offering innovative options for I/O hardware connectivity, the ARC Plus connects an unlimited number of sites, each with up to 256 channels of metering status and command.
Access the entire system from the front panel of any unit, take control using a Web-browser or AutoPilot® 2010 software, or dial in to your system over the phone. With ARC-16 backwards compatibility, the ARC Plus allows broadcasters to advance their facility management operation incrementally, protecting the station’s hardware investment.
Each Plus-X Integrated Input Unit (Plus-X IIU) connects 16 metering and up to 32 status channels to the ARC Plus.
Each Plus-X Integrated Command Relay Unit (Plus-X ICRU) facilitates the connection of up to 16 command channels to the ARC Plus (8 raise/lower pairs or 16 individual relays).
The Plus-X 300 eight-channel I/O interface adds eight metering or status inputs and eight relay outputs to any new or existing ARC Plus remote control system.
The Plus-X AC-8 remote outlet controller makes it easy to manage power to 120V equipment at remote locations.
By combining the power of the ARC Plus with the convenience of a direct link to the transmitter, the PlusConnect allows broadcasters to manage the entire transmission plant, studio, and IT infrastructure on a single platform.
AutoPilot 2010 merges the robust performance of the ARC Plus with the power and convenience of PC-based facility management.
The SL-1 allows deployment of IP-enabled technologies where traditional Ethernet connectivity is impractical or unavailable.
* An ESI Plus installed in any ARC Plus or ARC Plus SA system can report conditions at any site in the system, including ARC Plus SL sites.
The ARC Plus is built to operate maintenance free 24/7, which is why it employs a real-time industrial operating system and no mechanical computing components. This is in contrast to systems using an embedded Windows or Linux OS and hard disk drives for data storage. Those systems tend to be less reliable and more vulnerable to software problems.
Yes! You can install an ARC Plus Stand Alone unit which allows telephone connectivity to the remote control. The system is also accessible via a serial modem or using the Burk SL-1 serial LAN extender (IP over serial link).
Yes. The Plus-X Dual IP-8 Adapter makes it possible to upgrade your site in under an hour. Simply replace the ARC-16 with the Adapter and plug in the DB-37's from the IP-8 panels.Since you are using your existing interface, it is substantially less expensive, too.
Yes! The Plus-X AC-8 remote outlet controller fully integrates with the ARC Plus remote control, but can also be used as a stand-alone outlet controller using its built-in web connection. The Plus-X AC-8 accepts contact closures, so you can control each outlet with another remote control, such as the Burk ARC-16 or GSC3000/VRC2500.
The system is IP-based with optional telephone and modem connectivity. It has built-in macros to allow unattended operation without a dedicated computer. In addition to supporting up to 256 metering, status and command channels, there are 512 virtual channels for summary condition reporting and calculating indirect power, efficiency, temperature differentials, etc. We are constantly expanding the product line with more Plus-X devices for integrated I/O.
The ARC Plus and the ARC Plus SL are built on the same core platform, but the slimline SL version is available in a 1RU footprint where front panel access or onboard telephone connectivity not required. (The ARC Plus SL is fully compatible with all other ARC Plus systems, which allows a standard ARC Plus to provide telephone access to an ARC Plus SL). The ARC Plus SL also uses Plus-X Ethernet I/O modules exclusively. The standard ARC Plus is compatible with Plus-X modules and the IIU and ICRU I/O units.
The ARC Plus is built to run on your LAN/WAN, but if the network goes down, the system is still operable and accessible. The ARC Plus Stand Alone model comes with a built-in speech interface, allowing dial-up access and dial-out alarm reporting. The system also supports serial modem connectivity as a backup connection method. What’s more, the built-in macros mean automatic corrective actions continue even if site connectivity suffers an outage.
It’s never been easier to connect remote equipment. The ARC Plus supports metering and status inputs via the 16-channel Integrated Input Unit and relay outputs via the 8-channel Integrated Command Relay Unit. In addition, the Plus-X 300 allows Ethernet-based integration of 8 inputs (metering or status) and 8 relay outputs.
Select transmitters connect to the ARC Plus system using the PlusConnect™ series of direct interfaces—no external parallel wiring required.
And for control of 120V equipment at the remote site, the Plus-X AC-8 allows individual control of up to eight outlets.