March 2, 2023

What is AV/IT Convergence

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What is AV/IT Convergence

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The increasing availability of interactive screens and video walls have made AV technologies more and more prominent to our working environments. From large meeting rooms to huddle spaces, from classrooms to lecture halls, both enterprises and schools often look towards AV as a way to produce interesting experiences and help with real-time interactions.
 
The past couple of years have seen profound changes on Audio-visual (AV) equipment.  Most standalone devices such as projectors, monitors, speakers, interactive flat panels, are evolving into a networked IT ecosystem. Besides, the trend of smart classroom/boardroom has called out more complicated AV solutions to meet various market demands.
 
It is under such circumstance that the Q-NEX smart campus solution is designed. As an AV/IT convergent solution provider, Q-NEX offers not only classroom devices centralized control, but also AV distribution over IP and live streaming on a unified platform, so that school IT admin can have remote management over the whole campus through web or App anytime and anywhere.
 
It’s expected that nowadays there will be more business challenges for the AV/IT convergence. One should put really thoughtful consideration in system design. Traditionally, creating a separate Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) for AV devices is a preferred solution. In this case, the network setup can be well controlled by AV professionals, although at the end of the day it will be under the management of the networks team. However it will require higher cost for system maintenance, and the organization needs to spend quite a lot of money in hiring high-level IT personnels for daily management. For Q-NEX solution, it takes advantage of the schools existing network, there’s no need to set up special VLAN for the system, as long as there’s Internet access for the school, we can realize the device control and AV over IP distribution. The system is also easy to manage for the school IT admins, as they can sit in the office with their laptop using the Q-NEX Console for an overall view of each classroom’s devices.   
 
Many organizations have the need for streaming audio and video content over their existing Ethernet networks, which brings the IP-based network infrastructure into consideration. Delivering AV over IP gives IT admins huge opportunities for cost savings, scalability and ease of use. The industrial transition from traditional AV to IP-based connectivity also makes it possible for better-quality content to be delivered in the form of high definition video. The Q-NEX campus-wide AV broadcast solution is based on IP to distribute audio, video and text notifications to each terminal device, the IT admin only needs to select the destination of the content online and push it to designated place through the network.   
 
For AV integrators, previously it takes huge amount of time to run cables from the central control processor to each independent device, but now the installation and implementation has become less time-consuming and more cost-saving. The AV-over-IP design makes it possible to create enough IP switches to expand the set up, so that the whole system becomes scalable. With a better ratio of inputs to outputs, the video processing offers more options for system integrator to a user-friendly design. The installation for the centerpiece of Q-NEX solution – Networked Media Processor is quite simple which only requires each classroom has network access.