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Two new OCA Alliance partners announced

Both Audinate and the AES have joined the OCA Alliance this week, bolstering the non-profit trade association’s goal of creating an open public control standard for professional media network systems.

Audinate – inventors of the Dante media networking technology – and the Audio Engineering Society (AES) have both partnered with the Open Control Architecture (OCA) Alliance this week. As previously reported by PSNEurope, Audinate has joined the OCA Alliance as an Associate Member; the first since the Alliance was incorporated as a non-profit trade association in October. Meanwhile, the AES and the OCA Alliance have jointly announced that an AES standards project has been founded to consider OCA for a public standard for control and monitoring of professional media networks. Since its founding, the Alliance has moved rapidly towards its goal of creating an open public control standard for professional media network systems, releasing initial technical documents to its Observer members in October of 2011, and the complete OCA 1.0 Specification to the Observers in May of 2012. The goal of the joint project, identified as AES-X210, is to produce a public, open, and royalty-free communications protocol standard for reliable and secure control and monitoring of interconnected audio devices in networks of two to 10,000 elements. In the coming months, the AES-X210 task group, part of AES working group SC-02-12 on Audio Applications of Networks, will be meeting to render the current OCA 1.1 specification into standards form and to shepherd its processing through the AES’s open standards process.
AES Standards committee chair, Bruce Olson (pictured) commented: “AES Standards has been deeply involved with standards for digital audio since starting work in 1977. The AES-X210 project to standardize OCA takes us to the next important milestone by integrating control with transport of audio over a variety of networks. Combined with a number of other projects in this exciting area of audio the AES continues to lead the world in audio standards, which enable a thriving marketplace for compatible products from competing manufacturers. We are very pleased to collaborate with the leading manufacturers in the OCA Alliance on this standards project.”