AV-over-IP has been gaining traction across the industry, and, if you’re not sure why, here are a few reasons you should consider AVoIP for your next project. Using standard IT networking equipment to transmit and switch audiovisual signals provides a host of benefits, including the ability to easily scale the system and monitor devices. You can expand any system by simply adding additional encoders, decoders or switches as needed. As long as bandwidth and the network are managed appropriately, even distance limitations are squashed since the content can often go wherever the network does. Legacy gear can also benefit from a robust structured cable plant, using devices that convert and extend the AV signal over Cat cable or fiber. AVoIP can also help companies reduce truck rolls, with the ability to remotely monitor and troubleshoot any issues that come up.
With this expanded functionality, the perception is often that AVoIP systems are cost-prohibitive — but that is simply not the case. The reality is, once a system is big enough to require an 8×16 matrix, you can deploy an AVoIP solution at a similar cost. And, with some savvy futureproofing measures, you can make sure the system is ready to expand at a moment’s notice.
Maybe the project does not call for 10 Gig switches at installation — but integrators should pull cable planning for this eventuality. Getting that infrastructure in place is the first step toward a fully networked system, and both your company and your clients will reap the rewards.