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AMX in control onboard luxury yacht

test 3 September 2007

AMX has provided a cutting-edge control system for 198ft ocean-going yacht the Blue Moon. The system – comprising the Modero touch screen panels, NetLinx integrated controllers, Mio Modero keypads and MAX digital servers – complements the vessel’s existing technology and provides straightforward management of an entertainment technology specification encompassing 23 plasma/LCD displays and an extensive lighting and shading system, writes David Davies.

The AMX equipment is used to distribute and control all the AV functions on board from a centralised rack area in the bridge. The system also controls a Lutron lighting system and, in the owner's suite, the Silhouette blinds.

Highlights of the new specification include the ability to store and organise music, films and other digital media on the MAX Digital Media Server for instant retrieval. Emile Bootsma, captain of the Blue Moon, told us: “If you take into account that we have almost 1000 DVD titles and as many music CDs onboard, the pure logistics of organising and storing these discs and having them ready on demand really saves us a lot of time and improves the service we can provide to the guests.”

Meanwhile, the need to house three different satellite TV systems on board to ensure reception of broadcast television has been answered by UK integrator Wall of Sound, which designed a series of pull-out rack components. The result, said AMX, is that within a matter of minutes a crewman can slide one set of receivers out, slide the other one in, and then at the touch of a button on the Modero touch panel the AMX control system automatically reconfigures everything.

“The yacht’s owners have been very impressed with the beauty and simplicity of the user interfaces as well as the level of integration we have managed to achieve,” concluded Bootsma.

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