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ETC announces Networking Partners Programme

As lighting systems become more complex, the software that lighting designers use must adapt. Now, with the Networking Partner Programme from ETC, vendors are able to implement ETC protocols, including ETCNet2, in their products. The partner programme is set to give ETC networking partners access to the proven power of ETCNet2, while also increasing the value of ETC networks installed all over the world. In the past, a few companies had been allowed to employ ETCNet2 in their equipment, but the programme expands these casual relationships into a more official union.
"The future of networking is changing and ETC wants to be a catalyst for that change," explains ETC's marketing manager David Lincecum. "More networking partners mean more options for Net2 users, so they can make the most of their investment. As control-hungry devices like media servers move into the mainstream, our network offers the best option for controlling them. Also, as visualisation software is used more and more, we allow users direct access to the wide array of products on the market."
ETC's newest networking partners include visualisation companies Capture Sweden and ESP Studios, media display and server company Green Hippo and lighting controls company MA Lighting. Earlier ETC networking partners include CAST Lighting, Sand Network Systems and Pathway Connectivity.
CAST Lighting's WYSIWYG software has been integrated with ETCNet2 for several years and now Capture Sweden's Capture 2005 has been carefully integrated with ETC''s Congo console to display network value information for channel levels, palettes and other parameter information. Capture has also made plans to implement ETCNet2 EDMX, adding integration with all Net2 products.
"Media servers are the newest area of lighting convergence, consuming hundreds of control addresses for a single unit," continues Lincecum. "ETC's Net2 protocol provides the best traffic management available for high capacity applications like media servers. Net2 users can now speak directly to Green Hippo's Hippotizer media servers on their network, eliminating the need for added DMX hardware."
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