RMSRemote Monitoring System
Version 5.9.4 - Requires Windows 7
The RMS remote monitoring system connects Meyer Sound loudspeakers to a Windows® 7 computer for real-time monitoring of loudspeaker parameters from the mix position or other location. The RMS host computer communicates with Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers, equipped with RMS modules, via a simple twisted-pair network, or via an Ethernet network using an FT-10 to Ethernet adapter. IntelligentDC loudspeakers, powered by an RMS-equipped external power supply, are also supported. RMS software reports extensive system status and performance data, updated 2-5 times per second, including amplifier voltage, limiting activity, power output, temperature, fan and driver status, and warning alerts.
RMS uses an established network platform developed by Echelon Corporation, the world's leading open-standard energy control networking company. The platform supports Free Topology, is polarity insensitive, does not require coaxial or fiber optic cabling, and is not affected by loudspeaker power losses. The RMS network is a real-time acquisition system, where loudspeakers sample and hold data until it is transmitted, so no data is lost. Basic RMS networks with twisted-pair connections support up to 50 nodes of selfpowered loudspeakers (up to 100 with a repeater). Several hundred nodes are supported with Ethernet-based configurations.
Loudspeakers are added to the RMS network and assigned a node during a one-time commissioning procedure. Loudspeakers are identified on the network by their unique Neuron IDs and can be viewed in the RMS software with Icon View, Meter View, and Text View. System status conditions cause LED color changes in Icon View and level changes in Meter View, alerting the operator to excessive levels and faults. Loudspeaker icons and views can be arranged on-screen in panels to reflect how the loudspeakers have been deployed in the system. Multiple panels can be saved and recalled for specific performances and venues. Panels can also be created for loudspeaker subsystems, for example, to zero in on the status for the stage monitors.
A panel of loudspeaker Icon Views is easily scanned to verify the operational status for a large number of loudspeakers. When encountering warning flags, the operator may investigate, in increasing detail, by double-clicking an Icon View to open its Meter View, and then, if necessary, by double-clicking the Meter View to open its Text View.
Icon View and Text View include Mute and Solo buttons, for remote mute and solo control of loudspeakers, which is useful for testing and troubleshooting during system installations. Hardware and software overrides are available to avoid accidental muting and soloing during performances.
Individual loudspeakers can be physically identified with the Wink option in RMS, which lights the Wink LED on the RMS module for that particular loudspeaker. Conversely, a loudspeaker can be identified in the RMS software by pressing the Identify button on the loudspeaker's RMS module.
Loudspeakers are easily connected to the RMS network with simple twisted-pair cables, patched from the computer's network interface to each loudspeaker's RMS module. RMS modules include two network connectors to facilitate daisychaining large numbers of loudspeakers.