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Automated Lighting, 2nd Edition by Richard Cadena

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CHAPTER 18

Architecture for Control Networks (ACN)

sWithout deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.—Frank Zappa

In March 1996, before the first digital luminaires, LED displays, or DMX512-controlled media servers were exhibited at Lighting Dimensions International (LDI), David Bertenshaw of Strand Lighting suggested in a meeting of the Entertainment Services & Technology Association (ESTA) Control Protocols Working Group that they need to undertake the task of creating a standard for getting “data on and off the Ethernet pipe.” He cited the probability of the development of non-standard, proprietary systems that “could have a detrimental effect to the interconnectivity of devices.” Indeed, Strand already had developed ShowNet V1.0, ...

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