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AVnu Alliance Demonstrates AV Interoperability at InfoComm
Faced with shrinking budgets and staff retrenchments, IT departments at school districts nationwide are looking for ways to reduce implementation times, eliminate expensive staff training, and maximize the potential of their equipment. The AVnu Alliance, a group of more than 40 A/V equipment manufacturers and platform providers promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards, hopes to simplify IT's job by emphasizing interoperability among its various systems.
This week at InfoComm 2012, in Las Vegas, the AVnu Alliance is showcasing the most extensive AVB technology offerings to date. Utilizing AVB-enabled devices, 15 pro alliance members are conducting live interoperability demos intended to show that it is possible to create one standards-based unified network that handles all voice, video, audio, and data. Among the companies participating are Avid, Biamp, Bosch, Harman, Meyer Sound, Riedel Communications, Sennheiser, and Yamaha, network equipment vendor Extreme Networks, as well as platform providers Analog Devices, Audinate, Lab X, Marvell, UMAN, and XMOS.
Central to the AVnu Alliance is a certification program that certifies AVB devices for interoperability, with the goal of creating fully interoperable and easy to implement A/V networks. "As we roll out the AVnu certification program for AVB devices, we have been getting more and more requests for AVB education programs," says Lee Minich, marketing chair for AVnu Alliance. "Our presence at InfoComm underscores the deep cooperation among members to make AVB deployment a reality."
Andrew Barbour is the former executive editor of Campus Technology.