AVB/TSN and the Internet of Things (IoT) are inextricably linked. As technology advances, the ability to have a fixed end-to-end latency and order in which data packets are received is crucial. From Smart TVs to thermostats to Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators, more and more devices now live on the network. This trend shows no sign of slowing down, just like the demand for advanced audio and video capabilities continues to grow through a variety of applications.

AV devices are now becoming part of the IT realm, and they have long been a part of IoT – machines talking to other machines. That means more devices jockeying for a finite amount of bandwidth, which can place strain on the network and cause frustration if not managed properly. In order to ensure all devices play nicely together, it’s important for the pro AV industry to understand the nuances and advantages of IoT. This cooperative coexistence enables transmitting data packets in proper order, delivering them with very low latency, as well as managing the network bandwidth availability.

With interconnected devices on the rise, there are fewer applications where the AV equipment needs to reside on its own isolated network, although mixed data and media networks are currently the exception rather than the rule. IoT is inspiring and supporting interdependence between system solutions, enabled by TSN. By adopting the IEEE open standards that are the basis of the AVB/TSN protocol, integrators can provide synchronized and deterministic data transmissions for AV systems, allowing content to be streamed at predetermined times or on the fly due to the stream and bandwidth reservations specified by the standards. The AVB/TSN protocol, and its relationship with IoT, provides a powerful platform to carry the AV industry into the future. It is the deterministic protocol of IoT.

If you have questions or would like to chat further about AVB/TSN and IoT, please stop by our booth (C9525) at InfoComm.