OCA Alliance debuts standards-based open control architecture for AV devices

InfoComm 2014 demo defines  the Open Control Architecture (OCA), a flexible and robust control standard that complements any media-transport system.

The OCA Alliance, a global consortium of companies developing the Open Control Architecture (OCA) as an open standard for controlling professional AV devices, is demonstrating the benefits of its flexible, robust technology for the first time at this year’s InfoComm 2014, in the consortium's booth C11547.

OCA defines a flexible and robust control standard that complements any media-transport standard. By adding standard system control to the media-network equation, OCA will allow devices from multiple manufacturers to share common controllers. This will allow seamless user experiences of multivendor systems, says the Alliance. The consortium is exhibiting some of the first products implementing OCA from its member companies with technical experts present to explain the technology and the demonstration.

The specific interoperabilities addressed in the demonstration include a Focusrite RedNet 4 Ethernet networked studio interface, a Bosch Audio Processing Switch (APS), and a d&b D80 amplifier interoperating and being controlled by a software application developed by OCA Alliance members. Also in the demonstration are two other capabilities: a d&b controller with R1 remote control software controlling the d&b D80, along with a Focusrite control program controlling the RedNet 4.

Jeff Berryman of Bosch, the OCA Alliance’s Technical Workgroup Chair, said every component in the demonstration is interoperating as expected. “I am pleased to report that the demonstration is a major success,” he added. “When one controller changes something, the addressed device changes the value accordingly and the other controllers monitor the changes correctly.”

“The InfoComm show is a great opportunity to present the results of our efforts to the industry and to the public,” said the OCA's Marketing Workgroup Chairman, Marc Weber of d&b audiotechnik. “The public InfoComm booth marks the next stage in the evolution of the architecture, which is now becoming more tangible for the user with the first products from these manufacturers entering the market.”

For more information, visit www.oca-alliance.com.

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