It started in a kitchen sink. Today it’s in your smart phone.
In 1999, while working as a technician for one of Denmark’s leading AV system integrators, Tue S.
Andersen was approached by the facilities manager at a large university who had a familiar and frustrating
problem. In several classrooms, the IR remote controls for the projectors had been misplaced or stolen. In
other classrooms, the remote controls were often either inoperable or unnecessarily complicated.
“Is there some way to control AV functions with greater simplicity and reliability?” he asked.
Unfortunately, at the time, no simple and low-cost solution to this problem was available.
So Andersen set out to make one.
Working at his kitchen sink, Andersen designed and built his first controller circuit boards. Next he fitted
them to key panels that would mount in a standard electrical wall box. He decided that only those functions
needed for instructional use would be accessible, making operation as simple as possible. And, of course, the controls would always be in place and fully operational. The concept quickly took hold, not only in classrooms but also in meeting rooms and boardrooms across Denmark.
Within just a few years, Neets became the leading supplier of AV control systems in Scandinavia. Although
the company has grown substantially, it remains relatively small and highly responsive to changing customer needs. To keep pace with tomorrow’s needs, Neets has moved fully into the Internet age. Many new products are equipped with built-in web servers. As a result, comprehensive AV system control is now possible using a custom interface on your iPhone or Android smart phone.
But the core commitment remains the same. As Tue S. Andersen emphasizes, “Regardless of the technology, we are always looking for the least complicated
way to make a system do everything you want it to do.”
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