It has inspired AV equipment manufacturers to take environmental issues more seriously than ever before in response to the green movement sweeping the world, according to Scott Hetzler, president of Contemporary Research, an audio visual technology and software company that creates, integrates, and displays high-definition television content using state-of-the-art technology and software.
” Display Express automatically manages power consumption, enabling architects and builders to achieve LEED certification,” Hetzler said.
While LEED has yet to add official points for savings in AV operation, applicants can claim innovative points for managing display power. The Display Express system turns off displays at night, on weekends or whenever AV equipment isn’t working, saving 50 displays about 6 megawatts each month.
“Rather than installing new copper wiring for large-scale display networks, Contemporary Research integrates displays over existing coax RF cables, avoiding waste and lowering the cost for HD video and control distribution.
“We engineer all our products to draw the lowest possible power, and use powder-coated metal enclosures instead of plastic,” Hetzler said. “Our low-voltage products meet California energy and RoHS safety standards, we use lead-free solder and components in our manufacturing process, and we employ energy-efficient switching power supplies to reduce power consumption.
“The Digital Transition incurs a hidden price — the dumping of thousands of analog tuners when sites upgrade. We have a program to alleviate that problem. From now until December 31, 2009, we well rebate $100 for every CR analog tuner being replaced by our 232-ATSC digital tuner. The dealer sends in the paperwork and the old tuners, and we issue a credit and recycle the tuners properly.
“Our ‘Just In Time’ production system not only improves quality and saves money, it also reduces waste. One of our goals is to attain full cycle manufacturing, where nothing leaves our plant other than our products.
“Contemporary Research is more than a company going green, we’ve been a green pioneer for years, and we’re constantly inventing new ways to renew, restore, and recycle,” he said.
“Partnering with Green Mountain Energy for renewable energy resources, our Dallas HQ has been driven by wind power since 2004. We buy locally wherever possible to reduce the CO2 footprint associated with long-haul trucking and shipping, and support suppliers who have ‘green’ shipping policies and use less packaging materials. Instead of filling landfills, we save the packing materials we receive and recycle them in shipping our finished goods to our customers. We believe our planet is our responsibility, and we’re doing our part to make the world a better place to live in, for now and in the future,” Hetzler concluded.
Contemporary Research HDTV tuners, modulators, and display control systems are at work in leading sports, retail and entertainment facilities, broadcast studios, corporate offices, federal, state and local government agencies, hospitals, casinos, colleges, schools and worship centers.
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