We know of a few different solutions for transmitting audio and video information through networks. One of them is AVB
(Audio-Video Bridging), an IEEE 802.1 standard which is better known nowadays as TSN, or Time Sensitive Networking.
We are a fan of AVB for a couple of reasons:
- It’s an open standard which is great for interoperability between vendors.
- COST: There are no royalty fees associated with network equipment that implements AVB, whereas most other networks charge a small royalty fee for using their protocols.
So when companies need networked AV solutions, and consider alternatives to AVB, they must consider those fees as well as the interoperability aspect.
As the worlds of AV and IT are merging, interoperability between vendors and providers is increasingly important as technology changes, too. The last thing companies want is a bunch of solutions that don’t work with one another and confusing to implement. Think of your poor IT manager trying to make sense of your network topology and how everything is going to work together. He or she is likely a fan of open-networking standards, right?
Another huge reason we are a proponent of the AVB networking standard is because businesses are changing. Employees’ telecommuting is increasing; more companies use Skype, Zoom and other videoconferencing providers for collaboration. The fact that companies can save on costs associated with extra royalty fees with other networking standards is definitely a benefit. That way, businesses (small to large) can invest their assets in the right places so that employees can work smarter and not necessarily harder.
We are aware of other solutions out there that work well, but we believe AVB is a happy medium. Why?
It’s an open standard networking, making it easy to connect audio and visual technology. It’s also cost-efficient, without the hidden royalty fees on the equipment which are paid by the alternative solutions to AVB.
Are you seeing the importance of interoperability and open-standard being the future of AV and unified communications?
What networking solution do you use for your AV needs?