One of the coolest parts of my job is discovering groundbreaking new technology. One of the most interesting AV products I’ve learned about recently is Networked AV from SVSi. Not just video over IP, but true matrix switching over a network. No separate video, audio or control wiring and no low quality MPEG compression.
From their website:
Live HD video distribution is easy using SVSi. Utilizing JPEG2000 compression, live content may be streamed across the network with visually lossless quality, extremely low latency, and excellent error handling. Multiple channels of live video and content from sources such as media players, PCs, satellite receivers, etc. can be distributed over a single network to an unlimited number of displays. Point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and daisy-chained network configurations are supported.
SVSi transmits multimedia content in IP packets over standard Ethernet/Fiber networks. The advantages are numerous and significant: digital transmission maintains content quality from source to every display; low-cost standard data cabling may be used; distance extension is unlimited using basic network switches; installation and expansion is as simple as adding PCs to a network; and when bandwidth is available, existing data networks may be utilized for video as well.
SVSi network distributed video systems can be fully managed with Conductor management software. Featuring an intuitive graphical user interface, Conductor enables powerful control over the multiple content distribution modes that allow live and stored content to be played on demand, by programmed schedule, or even in an emergency interrupt mode.