GAVA connects audio/video and lighting devices in a home or commercial environment using IP.
CEDIA Booth 1500
Gefen will demonstrate its next generation GAVA (Gefen A/V Automation) 3.0 system, allowing two-way integration between lighting and A/V systems. GAVA connects audio/video and lighting devices in a home or commercial environment using IP. It offers a viable alternative to complex automation systems requiring specialized programming skills to integrate and operate. By using a wizard setup, integrators can select their equipment, enter connection details and be up in running in just a few minutes. GAVA centralizes all AV and lighting systems into a single web-based interface that can be accessed at any time using a smartphone, tablet or computer.
"One of the best new features that I'm really excited about is the ability to program an event trigger that allows integrators to use a Lutron keypad, switch or dimmer to automate an AV event," said Gefen Automation Product Manager, Orrin Charm. "We will show a wireless wall keypad programmed to perform as a TV on/off switch that will control the TV and other components as easily as turning on a light. Plus, any action in the A/V system, such as inserting a disc, turning on a projector or opening an AirPlay stream, can instigate a Lutron lighting scene to dim the lights, close shades or turn on other devices. Now any event that a connected device communicates to GAVA can be captured and used as a control trigger."
Additional new features include Sonos integration, so integrators will be able to implement and manage audio zones by adding a wireless Sonos Zone Player wherever needed. IP camera and thermostat integration will also be shown for the first time. Integration with BlueBolt Power Management devices means GAVA can reduce idle system power consumption to only a few watts, rather than hundreds of watts consumed by traditional integrated systems in standby mode.
For lighting control, GAVA now supports Lutron's RadioRA2, HomeWorks QS, and GRAFIK Eye QS with the QSE Interface, as well as KNX. GAVA can even be used to bridge Lutron and KNX lighting systems, for greater flexibility in mixed environments.
Legacy and non-IP devices can be connected to GAVA using Gefen's PACS (Professional Automation Control System) or Mini-PACS solutions, which are bridge devices connecting IR and RS-232 equipped devices to GAVA's IP connectivity.
For parents and other users concerned about managing and controlling access, GAVA can password-protect the entire automation system or just certain views. All this can be configured and operated with no extensive training or programming skills. The updated GAVA app, now available as a free download for Android 4.2 and iOS systems, makes the GAVA system more convenient to access and use.
The GAVA 3.0 firmware is a free update for all current GAVA users via the online software update feature in the GAVA wizard.