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: Gina Cunsolo, Content Marketing at Yamaha Unified Communications (opens in new tab)
Throughout the years, AV’s shift to the network has been repeatedly met with resistance. Though the benefits to AV over IP or hybrid workflows seem obvious—remote controls, time saved, more capacity for routing—the transition can be tricky. For one, reliability and network security are common concerns among IT managers.
Many companies must also consider whether an AV-over-IP or AV-over-IT approach could function within their existing environment, or whether it’ll require overhauling their legacy infrastructure. If the latter, then decision-makers must assess a wide number of competing methodologies on how to implement the transition. AV and IT managers quickly realize that a successful switch can be a lengthy process, including staying up to date on the latest industry protocols, establishing standard feature priorities based on projects, choosing the right codec, justifying the cost increase, and establishing a protocol for troubleshooting post-transition.
However, in spite of the barriers to entry, companies are increasingly realizing that the hybrid workflow is making a switch to the network essential for their business. One way that AV and IT managers can overcome limited resources and plan for the future is by looking for new technology that can easily interact with existing older AV gear, such as existing codec, AMPS, USB, and speakers. It’ll also be wise to find solutions that can operate on an organization’s existing IT infrastructure, separate from original AV pathways
Finding Dante-enabled products that leverage simple cable Ethernet standards will eliminate frustrating wiring and integration. Lastly, choosing an all-encompassing solution with a simple setup will require little technical knowledge to deploy and own, resulting in far fewer troubleshooting calls to the IT department.
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