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The IT Take Over

You know, I’m a little tired of this whole “convergence” talk. From InfoComm 2003 forward the industry has been talking about how IT and AV will “converge”. That sounds like a friendly joining together. It sounds like a communal combination where both parties are on the same level. Well, we’re not. It’s a take over, not a convergence, and it has already happened.
AV on the Network
From HDBaseT and the AVnu Alliance to SVSi the audio and video transports have been moved from RG6 to RJ45. It hasn’t happened overnight and it wasn’t without some pain, but it has happened. The technologies and standards that these organizations, and others, are working on are light years beyond what most of us thought possible in the early 90’s when the Internet and networking entered into our culture. You are able to transport higher resolutions today than we could just a year or two ago. Give them time and they will out pace the wildest imaginations of us and the display manufacturers. What’s the best one? The answer is “what’s your application?”. It all depends on what you are trying to do.
Network Control
As director of operations for an independent programming house, Innovad, this one has a particular interest for me. First you have the control aspects of the AVnu Alliance’s TSN. TSN (time sensitive networking) is being used by major industrial manufacturers to control the machines they use to make their goods. This is all done over a typical network infrastructure. Next you have utelogy and Jydo. utelogy has been around for about six years, Jydo a few less than that. They are both working on a server-based control system. They allow you to do remote monitoring as well as control of your products regardless if they are network enabled or simple relay control. This allows control programmers, integrators, and end users a great amount of power and flexibility when it comes to control deployments. You can use one of the big three if you’d like and place these on top as a “whole network solution” or just use the server side. It’s entirely up to you.
App Control
A good friend of mine, and sometimes subcontractor, Patrick Murray developed the AV GUI app. It allows you to simply create an app interface for all-in-one boxes like a DMPS or Enova system. You click and select and in a few minutes you have configured the device. Roomie is a new app that takes the “one ring to rule them all” approach to your home control system. This could easily migrate to an office environment where you only have a few devices and want one application to control everything.
Don’t misunderstand the first paragraph. We are in the IT field, in the technology business, and that’s a great thing. Let’s embrace it and what that realization can do for the AV segment of the IT industry. Learn, grow, and develop based on that stance.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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