The AV and IT PoV on Networked AV

The AV and IT PoV on Networked AV

The discussion about audio & video on “the network” is different when talking with someone within the AV or IT disciplines.

We’re calling a time out.

“The industry,” and those whom cover it, including AV Technology, have been sending premature congratulatory notes about the marriage of AV and “IT,” and birth announcements galore.

Metaphors abound, but the fact remains that some IT folks are unaware of what AV equipment resides within their facility, or about some of the benefits of a well-planned AV integration. It is also true that some AV folks are unaware of the impact an unplanned integration of network-capable, AV equipment, devices, and systems can have on the health of a network, and ultimately the organization.


“AV on the network” is not an “on” or “off” discussion. The term itself seems to be up for interpretation. The definition of “AV on the network” could consist of a variety of technologies, each with different network and security requirements. The final implementation will ultimately be defined by the policies and people responsible for the health of the organization which they serve.The discussion of H.264 & H.265 is just one example of different priorities for tech department members, depending on the AV or IT perspective. Read more PoVs in our June 2015 Technology Manager's Guide to Networked AV.

Cindy Davis
Brand and content director of AV Technology

Cindy Davis is the brand and content director of AV Technology. Davis enjoys exploring the ethos of experiential spaces as well as diving deep into the complex topics that shape the AV/IT industry. In 2012, the TechDecisions brand of content sites she developed for EH Publishing was named one of “10 Great Business Media Websites” by B2B Media Business magazine. For more than 20 years, Davis has developed and delivered multiplatform content for AV/IT B2B and consumer electronics B2C publications, associations, and companies. From 2000 to 2008, Davis was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Electronic House. From 2009 to present, as the principal of CustomMedia.Co, Davis developed content plans and delivered content for associations such as IEEE Standards Association and AVIXA, content marketing for Future Plc, and numerous AV/IT companies. Davis was a critical member of the AVT editorial team when the title won the “Best Media Brand” laurel in the 2018 SIIA Jesse H. Neal Awards. A lifelong New Englander, Davis makes time for coastal hikes with her husband, Gary, and their Vizsla rescue, Dixie, sailing on one of Gloucester’s great schooners, and sampling local IPAs.