It's a WACI World
Aurora Multimedia was established 11 years ago as a provider of control system programming services. From 1997 to 2004, Aurora became one of the largest independent control system programming companies in the U.S.
During this time, Aurora noted an expansion opportunity to deliver control system applications in the commercial sector such as in classrooms, kiosks and other areas that were not previously considered for automation due to cost. There was a key component missing in this market, and Aurora decided to come up with the solution; hence, the Aurora WACI (Web Accessible Control Interface) was born.
Not only would Aurora develop a solution to fit a variety of needs, but it would do it differently. The Aurora solution would be compact and powerful, offering all of the bells and whistles as the ‘big guys,’ and much more. Instead of developing on a proprietary platform, Aurora would provide a platform that was totally Web-compliant. The idea was simple: Internet technology had to be the ‘core’ of the WACI, which set out to provide a powerful and ‘future-proof’ solution. “Kids coming out of college were learning Web languages: not ‘And-Gates’ and ‘Or-Gates,’” states Paul Harris, Aurora’s president and CEO.
“Hardware is only one component of a control system. The software that runs on that hardware is the key to providing a powerful and intuitive user experience, allowing users to fully exploit the investment made in the overall A/V System. The WACI Web-based system opened the programming-resource floodgates, allowing us to tap into the abundant talent offered by the Web development community. Now your control system programmer is as close as down the hall,” said Mike Twerdak, Aurora’s COO.
The WACI Make-Up
The WACI controller was designed to be customizable, from the look and feel of the graphical user interface (GUI) to the actual programming of the equipment and everything in between. It is a native network device that can operate seamlessly and simply on an Ethernet network. It is accessible through any Web browser running on a wired or wireless Ethernet network and it requires no special software.