Posts Tagged ‘RocketPort’

POS System Integration for Vail Resort

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Vail POS Solution StoryThe System Analyst for Vail Resorts was faced with the task of  purchasing 400 serial controller cards. While exploring what options existed, his top priorities included reliability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. After further research, Vail Resorts decided on Comtrol’s RocketPort EXPRESS Octacable. As a result of the Octacable, customers are now able to purchase their lift tickets, retail items, and private lessons all from one point of sale (POS). This POS system offers Vail a cost-effective solution that provides high quality processing speed.

In addition to its cost effectiveness and reliability, the RocketPort EXPRESS Octacable sustains speeds of up to 921 Kbps, making it more powerful than any other serial controller cards on the market today. It also supports RS-232/422/485 serial connections and operates in temperatures ranging from 0° to 60°C.

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Connecting the Medical Industry

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Constantly changing as technology and regulations increase, the medical industry maintains strict quality demands. The cost and complexity of medical and FDA certifications, also add to the difficulty of ensuring equipment and procedures consistently meet standards. Comtrol provides reliable communication solutions while ensuring lasting product stability for medical manufacturers.

DeviceMaster® device servers are used in a wide variety of communication and data collection applications, such as establishing the software bridge between medical facilities; patient rooms and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system server locations. For example, one medical management company has integrated Comtrol’s DeviceMaster RTS into their software program process, creating a seamless data transfer. This software program gives hospitals a cost-effective way to collect, store and synchronize data from a large list of medical devices.

Our RocketPort® serial cards and hubs provide essential connectivity between peripheral devices and equipment to ensure precision and reliability for medical processes, anywhere from eyeglass lens fitting to vital sign monitoring.

Comtrol’s connectivity solutions for the medical industry ensure that equipment and procedures meet the industry’s regulations and quality demands.

Comtrol in the Hospitality Industry

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Quick and effective service is absolutely essential for a hotel to bring customers back again and again. Comtrol’s Ethernet switches, device servers, and serial cards provide reliable connectivity service to the hospitality industry. Numerous hotel companies have integrated Comtrol’s Rocketport multi-port serial cards, DeviceMaster, and Rocketport USB serial hub products when installing their corporate and property management software, and equipment like phone systems, keyless locks, on-site POS systems, and more.

Whether device connections are serial, USB, wireless, Ethernet, or a combination of the three, Comtrol’s products provide excellent connectivity solutions. From the DeviceMaster serial servers to the RocketPort cards and hubs, and from the RocketLinx Ethernet and Power over Ethernet switches, the comprehensive product lines that Comtrol has to offer overcome even some of the most complex connectivity challenges.

Spotlight on Comtrol’s RocketPort Products

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Comtrol’s RocketPort multiport serial card products make high-performance device connectivity reliable, cost-effective, and easy. We offer a wide variety of port densities, interfaces, surge protection, and rack mount options to fit an array networking needs.

RocketPort EXPRESS is Comtrol’s next generation multi-port serial adapters, upgraded from previous PCI BUS technology. Available in 4-port, 8-port, 16-port, and 32-port densities, with quadcable and octacable fanout cables, these advanced PCIe cards can now be connected via PCIe BUS with increased speed. The EXPRESS design takes advantage of the increased performance of Comtrol’s exclusive Unity ASIC chip.

Every RocketPort serial card features the high-performance RocketPort processor chip, consisting of a dedicated 44MHz core that minimizes host CPU utilization and optimizes data transmission via larger transmit and- receive buffers than those of 16550 UART chips, commonly used in standard PC serial ports and low-end serial cards.


Comtrol in the Broadcast Industry

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Broadcast companies like TV networks, radio stations, and Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) have numerous peripheral devices that are crucial to the services that they provide. These companies need a way for their video servers, video switchers, wireless connections, control rooms, and satellites to communicate efficiently, and Comtrol’s product do just that.

The RocketPort® SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) multi-port serial card line by Comtrol Corporation is the most comprehensive line available for the broadcast market, providing numerous solutions to serial device connectivity challenges. Available in 2 port and 8 port densities, the RocketPort® SMPTE has been utilized by broadcasting networks, giving them reliable connectivity to create, control, and distribute unique content.

Another line of products that has been beneficial to the broadcasting industry is Comtrol’s DeviceMaster® serial device servers. The DeviceMaster RTS server product enables browser-based remote port/device monitoring, which has allowed connections between peripheral devices such as cameras and printers, which are usually which are usually located away from the control room.

RocketPort Allows for Versatility in Toll Booths

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A tolling company in New Jersey was looking for a new way to connect peripheral devices in their toll booths to the main computer at each booth. They needed a serial port card with faster speeds and a large variety of ports available so that each peripheral device could be connected.


Product Spotlight: RocketPort SMPTE

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RocketPort SMPTE Products

Designed specifically for the broadcast industry

The RocketPort SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) products are in compliance with the SMPTE 207M standard, meeting broadcast-specific needs. Comtrol offers multiple SMPTE cards, cables, and interfaces to maximize compatibility and efficiency throughout a system.

The RocketPort EXPRESS SMPTE card delivers eight ports of additional in-server serial connectivity via an external interface included with the product. The card is compatible with systems that have x1, x2, x4, x8, x12 or x16 PCI EXPRESS expansion slots.  The card is designed for standard and low-profile PCs and servers.  The product provides support for RS-422 serial communications and data transmission speeds up to 921Kbps.

The RocketPort uPCI SMPTE serial port expansion cards provide serial ports utilizing a single 32- or 64-bit PCI card slot and are compatible with all current 3.3 and 5.0 volt PCI bus architectures.  The DB9 serial ports meet the SMPTE 207M standard and support RS-422 serial communications at speeds up to 921 Kbps. The RocketPort uPCI 8-Port SMPTE card provides eight ports of in-server serial connectivity.

Broadcast Applications

  • Production equipment connectivity
  • Video routers/servers
  • Tape decks
  • Keyboards
  • Mixing consoles
  • Data transfer/transmission
  • Digital signal control
  • Control and accessory equipment connectivity


  • uPCI: 2-Port expansion utilizing a 32- or 64- bit PCI card slot
  • EXPRESS: PCI Express x1, x2, x4, x8, x12, and x16 lane connectivity
  • DB9 connectors
  • Complies with SMPTE 207M standards
  • RS-422 software compliant
  • Various cards, interfaces and cabling options available
  • 3.3 and 5.0 volt PCI bus structures
  • RoHS2 compliant

For more information, please contact or visit the RocketPort SMPTE webpage.

Customer Solution: Military Simulator Training System

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The world’s largest virtual training system, Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT) developed through Lockheed Martin under contract with the British government, connects up to 400 war fighters, enabling them to train together in an immersive computer-generated environment.

Soldiers at each training center enter a vast network of linked simulators and emerge onto a virtual battlefield where they can train together in real-time.  The realistic, geo-specific environments support training for ground, air, logistics and other components of the modern-day battlefield.

Currently, there are two training sites in operation for the British Arms: Warminster, England and Sennelager, Germany.  Both sites have the capability to be linked through a wide area network for larger training exercises, making CATT the largest networked virtual training system in the world.


Customer Solution: Eyewear Lens Grinding & Polishing Equipment Control

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Several different software providers and equipment manufacturers in the eyewear production industry have recommended and integrated Comtrol’s products in conjunction with theirs to control lens grinding and polishing equipment.

Although each company has applied the various products to their applications in a slightly different fashion, they have all found Comtrol’s products to be the most reliable solution in providing serial communication between computers and eyewear equipment.

Comtrol’s RocketPort®, DeviceMaster®, and USB Serial Hub products have been integrated and recommended by these companies when presenting their comprehensive management software and equipment to practices and groups.

Starting at the optometrist’s office computer, the RocketPort card has been integrated into a software program allowing them to manage their customer information and internal connections to the lens equipment. In the back production room, you will find that Comtrol’s DeviceMaster and USB Serial Hub have been integrated as part of the control system to the eyewear equipment.  These products provide an Ethernet connection for communication to the lens grinding and polishing equipment.  This connection between the office computer and eyewear equipment allows optometrists to perfectly fit prescription lenses into eye glass frames.

Comtrol’s diverse product offerings allow them to communicate between the PC and peripheral components in a way that suits their specific lens manufacturing needs, and provides their customers with a reliable solution.

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We’ve streamlined Property Management Systems & Peripheral Service Systems communication

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Thousands of hotel properties are using RocketPort® and DeviceMaster® products to assist in the integration of their Property Management Systems and multiple peripheral service systems.

Hotel companies and property management software providers across the world have used Comtrol’s products to connect Property Management Systems (PMS) with multiple peripheral service systems on each property.  These systems include phone systems, keyless locks, room energy management, television services, on-site POS systems and others.  Although each company has applied our various RocketPort and DeviceMaster products to their applications in slightly different configurations, they have all found Comtrol’s products to be the most reliable and effective solution in providing serial communication between their PMS and the multiple peripheral systems.

DeviceMaster RTS RocketPort Property Management System, Peripheral Service system

Comtrol’s RocketPort, DeviceMaster, and RocketPort USB Serial Hub products have been integrated by these hotel companies when installing their corporate and franchise properties’ comprehensive property management software and equipment.  More than 15,000 RocketPort and DeviceMaster products have been installed in hotels worldwide, including within properties of many of the most-recognized names in the hospitality industry.

Comtrol’s product offerings give hotels and PMS providers:

  • Reliable diverse connections for peripherals via Ethernet, serial and USB connections
  • Multiple serial communication connections to the PMS server
  • Additional configuration flexibility when the peripheral system is not in the immediate location of the PMS server

Comtrol’s Products enable these hotels and PMS providers to implement connections between the multiple peripheral systems and the PMS to fit their business and technical needs most effectively.  Ultimately, this allows them to provide a reliable property management solution to their hotel operators.

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