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Jydo & Browser-Based AV Control

Today marks an exciting day for programmers in the AV community as a new player publicly joins the field of options. We hope you’ll join-*AVNation-*in welcoming-*Jydo-*to the field.
As-*many integration firms, and even some clients, have standardized their manufacturing partners, it’s not always an easy task to break into an already crowded field. That is, of course, unless you’re offering something to the marketplace that-*brings a new spin. What sets Jydo apart from its existing competition is there is no hardware offering from them. It is a completely software based application with the flexibility to run on Windows, Mac OS, or even Linux. It can be run from a local server, a virtual machine, or, depending on the size of the project, possibly even from a Raspberry Pi.
Being a completely software based solution, communicating with network devices is simple – make sure the network is configured to have the control-*device (touch panel or PC with browser), the equipment, and the server with the software all able to see one another. Jydo has also established a partnership with Global Cache to provide the RS-232-to-network and IR-to-network adapters so that their system is not limited to just network accessible hardware.
jydo-main-screenJydo’s principle effort is to bring simplicity to control systems, making them easier for clients to utilize and for AV integrators or IT departments to roll out. Basing their efforts around a uniform, streamlined visual to place the essential functions forward and the advanced functions on deeper pages, Jydo makes the programming of these options effortless through its web browser administration suite with easy to navigate drop down menus. You simply pick your manufacturer, find the model, and the software applies the corresponding API. If you can’t find the device you’re looking for, they assure that they will be able to turn around a driver for the device in 5-10 days, depending on the complexity.
Once the devices have been selected, installed, and the network configured, the programmer can set up macros and triggers for the devices, just as you would with any other proprietary control system. As devices turn on they go to their initial preset settings and the complete string of commands to initiate the system will take place simultaneously, unless told to operate in a specific sequence.
After the system has been implemented, Jydo also adds the capability to monitor your solutions and efforts. Want your system to warn you that a projector lamp is nearing end of life? Jydo can handle that. Want to receive constant log tracking for every string of code that is sent? Jydo can provide that. Looking to communicate with devices that might not be in the AV space? If it has an open API then Jydo can communicate with it, once the driver is written. Want to see which rooms or devices are seeing the most use? The log data can help you determine that too.
The folks behind Jydo hope to make this into a community based product offering. They want the programmers out there to be able to write their own drivers for clients as needed using Python. To ensure that there is interoperability, though, the user written drivers will not be available to the community until after it has passed certain standards established by the Jydo team. At that point it is updated to the cloud, and, as with their system updates, will be available to everyone that chooses to opt-in to receive these updates.
jydosidebarThe creative team behind-*Jydo is Ben Hackett,-*Kody Kochaver, and-*Alan Vezina. While Kochaver ran-*an engineering and programming house in Seattle, WA, where Hackett was an employee, giving them a deep background in the AV industry and an understanding of where there are opportunities to present new solutions, Hackett also spent time working on the contemporary software development side as well. Vezina, on the other hand, comes from the computer science and data analytics world, allowing the team-*to incorporate both the AV and IT mindset into what Jydo has-*become.
Simply put, Jydo offers the AV industry an IT mentality for implementing a control system. They believe that “things aren’t going to change [in AV]if we continue to hold on to the hardware aspect of our industry.” Hackett states, “There is a revolution taking place outside AV and it’s time to see what’s possible beyond what currently exists.”

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