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Infographic: How tablets light up Austin City Limits Live

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For more than 40 years, Austin City Limits (ACL) has been an integral part of America’s popular culture and a fixture in Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world.

In early 2015, the Moody Theater (ACL Live), a state-of-the-art 2,750-seat concert hall, began using Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets as part of an end-to-end partnership, which also includes servers and workstations. With the Venue 11 Pro, ACL Live found a way to remotely manage its lighting systems throughout the theater, from the stage to the bars to the restrooms, as well as troubleshoot and remotely connect to servers.

The Venue 11 Pro tablets also help ushers direct audience members to new seating if they are in the wrong seat or have a ticketing issue somewhere in the theater.

“The Dell XPS 18 and Venue 11 Pro tablets allow ACL Live personnel to connect and wirelessly manage ticketing, lighting and sound, giving concertgoers the best show possible,” German Garcia, ACL Live’s IT director, told Power More.

Tablets also bring benefits such as energy savings when setting up lighting scenes and flexibility on trying out lighting scenarios from various parts of the theater.

“Even though front of house is a good vantage point, you can’t really see every light and every circuit in the building from there,” said Bryan Schrumpf, ACL Live’s lighting director (above).

Check out the infographic below to learn how ACL Live uses tablets to control its lighting system remotely.



Brian T. Horowitz

Brian T. Horowitz

Brian T. Horowitz has been a technology journalist since 1996 and has written for numerous publications, including Computer Shopper, CruxialCIO, eWEEK, Fast Company, FOXNews.com, Men’s Fitness, NYSE magazine, ScientificAmerican.com and USA Weekend. He holds a B.A. from Hofstra University and is based in New York.

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