Who is the Parallax Control Engine for?
Ideal for integrators interested in controlling RS232 and IP enabled AV devices such as displays, projectors, HDMI switchers, USB switchers, PTZ cameras, Relays, DSP's and other in room devices, in a more cost-effective and proprietary free manner than what the AV industry currently offers. For integrators familiar with industry programming standards, we offer a benefit that provides reduced hardware costs, comparable control capabilities, and an unparalled user-interface experience. Additionally, our cloud control system allows integrators to effectivly compete in the global control system market.
About The Parallax Control Engine
The Parallax Control Engine is a control system environment that can be installed on a Raspberry Pi4 (OS-Lite Server) or hosted virtually in the cloud on an AWS Lightsail Server (Ubuntu Server OS). It was developed to be used as an alternative control system solution that uses open standards rather than rather expensive proprietary systems.
The Parallax Control Engine was created to bypass the need for proprietary hardware, out of date software and limited UI tools that have become common among control system manufactures over the years. Our system was created to work with Unity Software as the front-end interface. The Unity Game Engine has been adopted by industries outside video gaming, such as film, automotive, architecture, engineering, construction, and the United States Armed Forces. Additionally, it is common to find programmers who first learned to program on Unity, therefore making it easier for AV integrators to find programmers capable of developing with tools they already know.
Programmers familiar with Digital, Analog and Serial Joins will find it easy to link control programming to the user interface application. With Unity, you can easily create interfaces by dragging and dropping buttons, sliders and even your own custom-built tools right onto the canvas. Simply wire up the join numbers and export to iPad, Android, Mac, or PC. Additionally, drivers that integrate with the Parallax Control Engine are being created to quickly integrate with major av products such as AV Pro Edge, Biamp, Aver, Brainboxes and more. Getting started is easy and only takes a few minutes to deploy a new control system environment to the Raspberry Pi.
The Parallax Control Engine is the control system enviornment that lives on the hardware you provide. We charge $500 per license, which includes up to 10 programming slots. The Parallax Control Engine is the choice for integrators who want to be free to control off the shelf hardware, with modern user-interfaces that clients have come to expect.
The Parallax Control Engine, optimized for the Raspberry Pi4
Small yet powerful
We believe the Raspberry Pi4 is a viable alternative to the Crestron control processor. It's readily available, powerful and non-proprietary. The Parallax Control Engine hardens the Raspberry Pi with just one script, and converts it into a secure av control system environment. The Parallax Control Engine integrates directly with Unity Software to give you the ability to develop cutting edge user-interface touchpanels.Built on ultra-fast dotnet core
Off the shelf wireless tablet
The Parallax Control Engine enables direct access for wireless tablets to communicate with the controller. Or utilize wired PoE for utilimate reliabiilty. Bring your own tablets to run your user-interface project. Our MDM app transform any tablet into a fully maanged device that acts as if it was a dedicated controller.Use any iPad or Android Tablet
Expandable RS232, IR and IO control
No need to purchase larger processors with more ports. We utilize IP to RS232 endpoints to provide such legacy control when its needed.Virtually unlimited RS232 control
Great for budget systems requiring simple, yet intelligent control.
When an iPad is overkill, utilize an aesthetically pleasing RDL push button keypad to make your selection (not included). In this example we utilized user button presses to automate the projector startup/shutdown sequence. The Raspberry Pi sends a unique serial command to the projector to turn on/off, and triggers the motorized screens relay to lower/raise. LED feedback on the keypad shows the current state of operation.Works with basic analog systems
Parallax Control Engine, optimized to run on the cloud at AWS, Azure or Google
Deploy control to client sites within minutes, no hardware processor required. Deploy control globally within minutes.
AV Control - In The Cloud
Connect AV Devices to our cloud network for full control and automation. Manage audio, video, lights, power, hvac, cameras, shades, privacy glass, displays, projectors, projection screens, video sources and more.Deploy Control to any location in minutes
No Control Hardware
Link AV network directly to our cloud processor using secure connection on existing infrastructure. Simply set ip address and configure routes. Allows for remote workers to interact with on-prem devices from home. If it has a network port, we can control it.Software-defined, lives on any server
PC, Mac, Android, iOs App
Custom built UI for tailored user-experience. Dashboards made for PC, Mac, Android, iOs. Control TCP/IP device endpoints through existing network infrastructure. Work with our in-house SWE to automate processes, or certify your own staff.Build to Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone or Android
Parallax Control Engine for Video Switching
Control HDMI and USB matrix switching components through the webRequest Dealer Access
Parallax Control Engine for Visca PTZ Cameras
Pan, tilt, zoom, call presets through the webRequest Dealer Access
Parallax Control Engine for Audio DSP
Send triggers, call presets and communicate with industry leading Biamp DSPRequest Dealer Access
Parallax Control Engine for Camera Streaming
Control and direct camera streams as video sources for your integrated av system.Request Dealer Access
Parallax Control Engine for Power Control
Control power sequences through on-board ethernet ports for projectors and displaysRequest Dealer Access
Parallax Control Engine for Videowalls
Control power, sleep, video sources, tv channels, video based zone controlRequest Dealer Access
Parallax Control Engine for Paging
Page to specific zones, talkback, record, stream live and archiveRequest Dealer Access
Parallax Control Engine for Remote AV Management
Manage and monitor your nationwide higher-ed or corporate locations from a single app.Request Dealer Access
Need to update a user-interface? Or add a new device? No need to visit your client site. No on-site PC or remote software required.
Read how cloud-based control streamlines efficiency and sustainability (coming soon)
Parallax Control is a fully managed service which requires a custom quote based on your scope of work. Integrators with at least 1 programmer may apply to become a dealer
Interested in using a Raspberry Pi on your next project?