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POS System Integration for Vail Resort

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POS SystemPOS System Integration

The 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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Industry Highlight: Government

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Government and Military

The government is increasingly implementing new projects and military-based operations, especially as advances in technology continue. Several of Comtrol’s products have been beneficial to our government sectors.

Government and Military

Comtrol’s RocketLinx®industrial managed and Power over Ethernet switches have capabilities to provide power and essential networking connectivity to vital components of complex security networks. RocketLinx has supported and improved the training of military soldiers by enabling PoE Ethernet and fiber connections between IP cameras and the monitoring room.

Our DeviceMaster® device servers have facilitated multiple-location data transmission and complex sensor system coordination for military simulator training systems and unmanned vehicle (UMV) control designed for autonomous military operations.

Comtrol’s RocketPort® serial cards provide system expansion and connectivity in applications including military biological detection systems and peripheral device connectivity on board unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Air Force One.

READ MORE about Comtrol devices in similar applications


Connecting the Medical Industry

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Medical Industry

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.

Medical Industry

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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Hospitality Industry

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.

Hospitality Industry

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.

Comtrol in the Energy Industry

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Energy Industry

Within the energy industry, companies are continuously looking for ways to maximize the use of our finite natural resources. Comtrol Corporation provides several solutions for companies who are looking to increase their efficiency in energy.
Energy Industry
Comtrol’s DeviceMaster servers have applications in many different parts of the energy industry. Many of our DeviceMaster servers are in place controlling several different energy systems, including hydraulic fracturing with oil collection, wind power, underwater hydropower, and more. The DeviceMaster has also been used to collect data from energy meters, and monitor oil pipelines.

RocketPort® multiport serial cards provide data collection and control capabilities within systems such as electricity generation and conversion. Customers who have used the Rockeport serial card have seen that the card provides reliable monitoring between substations of electricity generation, and efficient communication between all intelligent electrical devices (IEDs).

Becoming more efficient in the way we harvest energy helps to preserve resources and allows us to successfully distribute every portion of that usable energy with minimal loss. Comtrol is committed to providing high-performance and quality communication, data transmission and connectivity devices for these processes

Spotlight on Comtrol’s RocketPort Products

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RocketPort Products

Comtrol’s RocketPort products, such as the RocketPort multiport serial card, 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 Products

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 Industry

The broadcast industry is made up of 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.

Broadcast Industry

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.

Product Spotlight: RocketPort SMPTE

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RocketPort SMPTE Products

Designed specifically for the broadcast industry

RocketPort SMPTEThe 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 ApplicationsRocketPort SMPTE

  • 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 [email protected] or visit the RocketPort SMPTE webpage.

Customer Solution: Electrical Substation Data Collection

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Electrical Substation Data Collection

Electrical substations are secondary stations of electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems where voltage is converted from high to low or the reverse using transformers. Electric power may flow through several substations between the generating plant and the consumer. Typically, individual substations contain switching, protection and control equipment along with one or more transformers.

Electrical Substation Data CollectionThe intelligence for monitoring all functions that take place within each substation is housed in a small building. One system integrator has been incorporating Comtrol’s RocketPort card within its substation management software for five years.

The RocketPort card is installed into the rack mount rugged computer, where the ports are
connected to relays, RTUs and other intelligent electrical devices (IEDs) for data collection and control. Each device within a substation sends information serially to the RocketPort, which the substation computer then communicates to the central station by Ethernet across the WAN (Wide Area Network).

Comtrol’s RocketPort card provides a reliable bridge between all the functions happening at the substation to the central station. This allows for closer monitoring, and to ensuring that everything is working properly and providing power to the appropriate end-users.

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