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Day One of HDBaseT World Congress

As almost 70 members of the HDBaseT Alliance gathered, Alliance President, Ariel Sobelman, gave an overview of where the Alliance stands today. Sobelman’s “State of the HDBaseT Nation” outlined the history; from inception in 2010 to the introduction of network transport this past February. He then went to outline both the challenges and the ways HDBaseT can lead the AV over IP conversation.
“HDBaset is well-positioned to address the challenges of this convergence [Audio Visual and IT networks] with a standardized solution,” Sobelman said.
The word “standardization” gets thrown around within groups like this other privately held alliances. We are in the process of putting together an AVNation Special on the state of standards. If you have any suggestions or input, email tim@avnation.tv
The afternoon was spearheaded by Aurora Multimedia’s Paul Harris. Harris has been at the forefront of audio visual over the network; using both HDBaseT, Dante, and SDVoE in a variety of his products.
“Bridging technologies is not a bad thing,” Harris suggested.
For Aurora, it does not seem to be. Harris continued on talking about the various advancements of AV over IP and what he’d like to see in the future from the technology. In a “Paul Harris Holy Grail” there is one standard (that word again) for 1 – 100 gig, WiFi capabilities, lower heat for things such as wall plate transmitters and receivers, and lower latency for resolutions that are coming down the pipeline; higher resolutions, higher refresh rates, HDR, and anything that adds to the overall current size of uncompressed 4K which sits at roughly 18 gigs.
The day wrapped up with a panel discussion between journalists and analysts. I moderated the panel with Margot Douaihy of AVTechnology Magazine, John Quain who writes for the New York Times and Car and Driver, and Chris Lewis an analyst in the telecom and networking segment. 
Understand, the audience is made up of primarily manufacturers on some level in the room; from wire and cable to displays and everything in between. We began with a quick overview of where AVTechnology sees the plight of the technology manager in regards to AV over IP. This conversation lead to a facination interchange between the three panelists, and their various perspectives, on what to do with the vast amount of data being created by network delivery of audio and video.
According to Quain, who was there as part of HDBaseT’s move into automotive, a typical car will create 4 Terabytes worth of information. 4 Terabytes. The issue is not a lack of information, the issue is how to make it easily accessible to the engineers and technology managers so they can make informed decisions about their next AV build out.
Day two will be discussing the new spec for HDBaseT, HDCP, cabling, and a number of other sessions. There are a number of parallel sessions that allow the audio visual and automotive segments dive deeper in their respective segments. Come back tomorrow for a second day recap.

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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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