On AVoX: HDBaseT Alliance

Tzahi Madgar, President at HDBaseT Alliance
(Image credit: Future)

AVT Question: Please share insight into the current state of networked AV and control; what you see as barriers to entry; and what advice can you offer on how AV/IT managers can overcome limited resources or a lack of buy-in.

Thought Leader: Tzahi Madgar, President of the HDBaseT Alliance (opens in new tab)

Aside from cost, bandwidth—or a lack thereof—is right up there as a primary barrier to entry for AV/IT managers working with networked AV and control. Even before the wider-spread adoption of hybrid learning and work-from-home arrangements, enterprise backbones were already heavily stressed. Now factor in a seemingly insatiable demand just for video conferencing and it’s easy to see how your network can quickly become maxed-out. 

More system designers recognize the need for hybrid AVoIP and HDBaseT installations." — Tzahi Madgar, President of the HDBaseT Alliance

With that in mind, being able to unburden your IP network by not using AVoIP when unnecessary can pay dividends for your installation as a whole. This can be accomplished by utilizing point-to-point technology such as HDBaseT in-room, where you get the highest quality of video and fully uncompressed 4K@60Hz 4:4:4 with zero latency locally, while at the same time keeping the devices on the network for management and control purposes and offloading the video payload from it. Another bonus of implementing an HDBaseT-enabled solution is its plug-and-play nature, which doesn’t require lengthy setup or costly ongoing service and maintenance, thus eliminating yet another familiar barrier that has long plagued AV/IT managers. Plus, as more system designers recognize the need for hybrid AVoIP and HDBaseT installations, new bridge solutions now in the market help remove yet another barrier of moving video payload on and off the IP network easy and seamlessly.

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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.