15 AV over IP Solutions from InfoComm 2018 That Could Determine the Category’s Future

Manufacturers of AV over IP solutions sought to differentiate themselves from a wave of competition at InfoComm 2018 – here’s who we thought stood out.

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15 AV over IP Solutions from InfoComm 2018 That Could Determine the Category’s Future
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Right before InfoComm 2018, I made this bold assumption: if 2017 was the year AV over IP solutions were officially “accepted” in the AV industry, this is the year the category expands. 

I’d say that prediction proved more than correct, since a majority of my own personal booth visits were to companies with at least one or two lines of AV over IP products (that’s not including the other Commercial Integrator editors’ schedules).

Well, now that we’ve returned from the show and organized our thoughts, we’ve realized that most of us had similar experiences: there were simply too many AV over IP solutions to cover on this year’s show floor.

The problem lies in differentiating between quality and individual products’ capabilities.

Compatibility with Higher Res

We noticed that many manufacturers differentiate their solutions from others in the AVoIP space by how much support they provide for 4K, 8K and…dramatic pause…even 16K.

Here are some companies whose products are especially geared towards future-proofing for resolution requirements:

  • Black Box – their Unified KVM Platform allow operations still working primarily in HD to add 4K at their own pace and transition individual user groups as the need arises
  • Just Add Power – the 725POE 2GΩ/3G+ SDI PoE transmitter allows integrators to scale SDI sources to 4K displays
  • Userful – the company’s matrixable video wall solutions use a PC/Server on site and then connect to displays over the Local Area Network to deliver 8k source video over the LAN

View the slideshow here to see more important AVoIP solutions from InfoComm 2018

AV over IP Solutions Stressing IP Security

Paul Harris, a new chairman of the HDBaseT workgroup, says he wants to focus on security concerns in both his new role and his product development at Aurora Multimedia.

Of course, that’s the trickiest element in this space, but one that some manufacturers chose to address head-on. Here’s who had the most to say about it:

  • Aurora Multimedia – the IPX-TC3 supports the new ReAX IP Control engine option (IPE-REAX-1) base on Javascript, which allows IP control automation throughout the network without the need of an external proprietary control engine
  • RGB Spectrum – the Zio solution is a mobile app that allows content to be pushed to the mobile user to alert them of something going on. The user can then browse through the available streams on the network and choose that they want to see

See more AVoIP solutions from InfoComm 2018 here

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Adam Forziati is the former senior web editor for Commercial Integrator and MyTechDecisions.

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  • Brian Thorngaard says:

    Hi there,

    I’ll think you are missing the entire quality and security aspect of this AVoIP category.

    The products from the manufacturers mentioned in these slides, are all very compressed quality, like H.264.

    Why haven’t you Visually Lossless products like Atlonas Omnistream, using the BBC standard VC-2 Video Codec. Atlona has released new Videowall features, in the existing products, as an firmware update. And added USB over IP solutions, in the same product group.

    Also the security element has been left out, so how does the mentioned products handle HDCP? What about their Latency, I mean real no Latency products?

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