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Major names sign up for AVNetworks 2010

Dave Robinson 17 August 2010

Pro Sound News Europe and sister publication Installation Europe are continuing to release details of their co-hosted AVNetworks conference, taking place on 15 September. Sponsored by Riedel, Meyer Sound and Aviom, AVNetworks 2010 is shaping up to become a key event in the audio/visual calendar.

Following an opening address on networks and their optimum use by Lab X Technologies president Lee Minich, Marthinus Bester – who is in charge of AV and IT systems at Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town and spent 18 months preparing the venue for the FIFA World Cup – will deliver a keynote presentation on the different technologies used at the stadium, as well as making the case for combining or simplifying the various networking standards used there.

Later in the morning, a manufacturers’ panel on protocol developments will draw on the expertise of Aidan Williams, CTO of Dante creator Audinate, Optocore MD/founder Marc Brunke and Harman International’s market manager for its system development and integration group, Adam Holladay. In addition to discussing their own technological developments, they will also address likely future developments, including the role of AVB (Audio Video Bridging over Ethernet).

A counterpoint to the manufacturer session will be provided by an afternoon panel of end-users and integrators considering their expectations for networked solutions in the live and installed sectors. Taking part will be AMG group technical manager Ed Jackson, Church House Conference Centre Westminster AV manager Benjamin Pain, Arup theatre consultant Sam Wise and Electrosonic leisure solutions director Peter Barrett.

The day will draw to a close with an overview of the various perspectives and an identification of the primary challenges to be overcome as AV networking continues to evolve.

"AVNetworks 2010 is an unmissable event," says Paddy Baker, editor of Installation Europe. "Nowhere else can you find a programme that will address the subject from a wide variety of viewpoints."

PSNE editor Dave Robinson adds: "There are many technologies and protocols out there – AES50, A-Net, Dante, EtherSound, HiQnet, Optocore and RockNet to name just some of them in the audio domain – and we’re going to be exploring the strengths and opportunities these different systems represent. And, of course, we’ll be tackling the rapidly developing AVB standard and what it’s going to mean for the future of live events, the installation business and content delivery."

AVNetworks 2010 is supported by PLASA and will take place – at London’s prestigious Earls Court Conference Centre – on the final day of the four-day show. Anyone booking tickets to the AVNetworks 2010 conference will also be given free VIP entry to PLASA 2010, including free entry to all other PLASA events, for all four days of the show.

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