If you haven’t heard a little something about the convergence of AV and IT in the past decade or so, you probably haven’t been paying close enough attention to your own industry.
In the past two decades, almost every piece of office technology that required separate cabling has moved onto the IT network, a convergence that has “drastically simplified deployment and reduced costs,” according to the Understanding and Evaluating AV over IP white paper.
That shift, according to white paper author S. Ann Earon—president of Telemanagement Resources International Inc. and a founding chairperson of IMCCA—is completely transforming the way business is done across the AV landscape.
A Closer Look at AV Over IP
Earon’s examination of the continued growth of AVoIP and the ways it’s changing how AV integrators and their customers operate earned Crestron a 2019 CI Best Electronics Systems Technologies [BEST] award in the whitepaper/educational document and resource category.
“Organizations today are leveraging more media rich content than ever and expect the ability to share communications in real time,” Eamon wrote in the white paper. “They are using such content as high-definition videos to better educate and communicate with all of their constituencies internally and externally.
“To deliver this level of content in real time requires robust, high-speed and scalable networks.
Networks that must work with existing infrastructure, work within budget and be IT friendly. AV-over-IP technology meets all of these criteria,” the white paper says.
Those who download the white paper will “discover how to choose the right AVoIP solution for your company’s networked AV team collaboration needs. They will also learn “to explore essential AVoIP features including image quality, IT conformance and security.”
“The future of AV-over-IP presents opportunities for both vendors and users,” Eamon writes in the Crestron white paper. “Explosive growth is expected in networked AV-over-IP deployments in 2019.
“While it is currently in the early adopter stage, it will become mainstream over the next five years,” she writes.