Q-SYS' Answer to Supply Chain Issues for the Control Space?

Q-SYS vCore and Q-SYS Control
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Coming in November 2022, Q-SYS will release Q-SYS vCore (opens in new tab) processor, the first virtualized processing solution for Q-SYS, and the accompanying Q-SYS Control (opens in new tab) feature license for Q-SYS vCore processor, bringing scalable control capabilities directly to the users' own compute devices. 

At a high level, Q-SYS vCore processor plus Q-SYS Control feature license for vCore is a virtualized control solution for simple collaboration spaces whose audio/UC&C requirements are fulfilled by more standalone hardware. This solution adds enhanced control, automation, UX capabilities, remote monitoring, and helpdesk features to systems. In an earlier press release, Jatan Shah, President, and Chief Operating Officer, QSC, LLC, added, "These latest innovations will also aid in reducing the industry's supply chain challenges and continue to transcend the traditional limitation of bespoke hardware with the power of a robust, software-based AV&C Platform." 

Everyone knows that electronic component shortages continue to plague every aspect of manufacturing in virtually every industry. Combine that with an increased need to turn every space into a hybrid collaboration space practically overnight, and you've got AV/IT departments scrambling to bolster the capability of legacy equipment and often unable to remotely control or monitor the rooms because of the lack of product availability.

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Q-SYS' answer to helping AV/IT departments to roll out multitudes of simple video conferencing spaces that all perform the same control functionalities with a consistent UX, is vCore plus the Control license. Keeping it simple is key here. Q-SYS Control is ideal for less complicated systems that do not require dedicated Q-SYS audio or video functionality or features already fulfilled with standalone hardware, legacy audio-only DSP, and those that need to replace aging control systems.

The Q-SYS vCore processor/Q-SYS Control feature license combination is the company's first foray into standalone control for the Q-SYS Platform. "The solution will empower customers to standardize on Q-SYS throughout their facilities, whether enterprise, higher education, or hospitality," said Greg Mattson, Q-SYS Control Product Manager. "We're providing a path for incremental upgrades by being able to take the place of an aging control system, or if they have an existing DSP that they're not looking to rip-and-replace the solution right away."

Q-SYS charted a course for virtualization early into the platform’s history. "There has been a lot of customer demand in terms of wanting to consolidate systems and reduce the number of ‘boxes’ in the room," Mattson said. "It's one of the reasons why we've been continuing to develop the software-only deployment of the operating system. This is why control was always at the top of our virtualization roadmap for vCore. However, we are also very excited about our active development of bringing additional features from the Q-SYS OS to the virtualized environment in the future.”

Check out the Q-SYS Activate event (opens in new tab) on demand to learn more details about five new product introductions including the Q-SYS vCore processor and the Q-SYS Control feature license for vCore.

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.