There are several industry reasons why AVB networking is a good idea for a lot of AV installations, and a great idea for the evolution of professional installed audio. Here’s four of the key reasons we’ve identified:
1) AVB Streamlines Your Network
For AV integrators and IT managers, AVB means end-to-end digital networks that are simple to design and easy to manage. AVB follows the IEEE 802.1 standards, which are the first open, industry-accepted standards for transporting audio over networks.
These standards were created to address shortcomings in existing proprietary AV networking systems such as synchronizing multiple streams of audio and video, eliminating the buffering delay through the network, and creating resource reservation. AVB fully addresses the shortcomings in networked AV, and makes highly flexible, affordable networking of professional AV products using the Ethernet a reality.
2) AVB Makes Your Work More Efficient
This form of digital networking allows IT managers to reduce costs by sharing equipment between rooms and locations. For example, a company can use a single AVB network to transport all media between rooms, such as a boardroom, the CEO’s private conference room, a training room, and a marketing conference room. By comparison, a siloed four-room environment would require four sets of equipment because each room would need its own DSP hardware. AVB eliminates the need for room siloes and makes it easier for IT professionals to remotely manage and troubleshoot their network. And as every IT manager knows, every minute spent troubleshooting a system is time lost and company dollars wasted.
3) AVB Simplifies Your Network Responsibilities
To use, AVB is as easy as analog, but with next generation functionality and scalability. Here are some of the key benefits of AVB technology:
- Simplifies maintenance
- Eliminates interoperability challenges
- Creates a future-proof system
- Large channel capacity enables flexibility and scalability
- Smart switches do the heavy lifting
- Open standard
- IEEE and AVnu Alliance standards
- Single network for all media
- Delivers high-quality audio and a better user experience
4) AVB Is the Latest Innovation in AV Technology
As more and more IT managers become responsible for managing their corporate AV systems, it is increasingly important that AVB product manufacturers bridge the gap between IT needs and AV technologies. The AV industry continues to grow and shift, and the functionality and widespread use of AVB will grow and shift with it. Using AVB is a way to future-proof AV systems and protect customer investments over the long-term.
Our next post in this AVB Demystified series will feature an AVB FAQ. Stay tuned.