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Black Box Roadmap 2022

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AVT Question: With some trade shows having been canceled or scaled back and limited in-person meetings, it has been a challenge for technology managers to learn about a company's philosophy, vision, and product roadmap for the coming year. Would you share what you can about your 2022 company roadmap? [January 2022]

Thought Leader: Eric Farkas, Product Manager, AV at Black Box

AV is becoming more pervasive, and as it does, the number and location of endpoints has risen dramatically. This trend identifies several deficiencies with the traditional matrix switch and the distribution of AV signals. Traditional matrix switches have a fixed number of inputs and outputs defined by the manufacturer. Some manufacturers build in methods to daisy chain switches together to overcome this, but this daisy chain involves the loss of ports and is restricted to switches of similar size produced by the same manufacturer.

"It won’t be long until all the devices on your network will act as a source or display for AV over IT." — Eric Farkas, Product Manager, AV at Black Box

AV over IT uses Ethernet switches and control applications to do this work instead. This allows inputs and outputs to be added individually or in small groups and these endpoints can even be from different manufacturers. The traditional matrix switch has similar limitations when it comes to signal distribution and scaling. Some switches have built in distribution technologies for the outputs that require either a proprietary end point, cabling, or both. AV over IT uses standard Ethernet protocols and cabling. This means that if your network reaches your displays, they can be leveraged as part of your AV over IT network even if this is not their primary purpose. Many of the AV over IT endpoints can take advantage of power over Ethernet (PoE) which further reduces installation costs. The cost of maintenance and risk of component obsolescence is also reduced as many AV over IT systems are manufacturer agnostic—both from and endpoint and switch perspective. AV over IT technology is already finding its way into displays, projectors, PCs, set top boxes, and other devices. It won’t be long until all the devices on your network will act as a source or display for AV over IT.


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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.