Revolutionary may be a bit of an overstatement, but this year’s InfoComm is, so far, very close. Let’s start with the entrance into video from both QSC and Biamp. QSC is leveraging their Q-SYS system to transport video onto their existing audio network and have also introduced their own, branded, PTZ camera.
Biamp has also jumped into the video realm. They have introduced the first real video transport using AVB/TSN. That’s right, the V is finally here for AVB. The interface is an evolution of Tesira, which is one of my favorite DSP programs.
Middle Atlantic has solved a problem that most integrators and tech managers have experienced with nearly every rack build – a wall wart eliminator. They refer to it as a distributed DC power interface, but what it does is gets rid of the wall warts/DC adapters that so often take up plug space in the back of racks and other installations.
Kramer is also creating a new category for themselves. They have stepped into the control programming world. Before you shout me down, yes, they have configuration software but this is an object oriented, logic programming language. The thing that makes theirs unique is that their processors, or “brains” as they call them, act as a mesh network of devices. This allows for quick replacement of a downed brain without the need to upload new programming to the device. They say it will ship later this summer.