TC Group – parent company of Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake, among others – has announced at ISE 2011 that it is to become part of the AVnu Alliance, the industry forum dedicated to the establishment and promotion of the IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) open network standard. The move will add further momentum and specific market and technological expertise to the efforts in establishing AVB as the preferred Ethernet-based audio and video networking environment for next-generation products.
The TC Group noted that interoperability has long been one of its key considerations as it strives to align its diverse portfolio of audio products, with the objective of offering the customer ease of integration and complete system compatibility. TC Group is fully supportive of the move towards IEEE 802.1, stating that the establishment of AVB as the leading open standard will benefit customers, manufacturers and the industry as a whole by providing a level playing field for future product development while giving end users greater confidence in, and choice of, network-compatible devices.
The company sees networked audio as a critical issue in pro audio – in both the install and tour sectors – and has already utilised digital audio networking across multiple branded components, such as the implementation of established Ethernet-based protocols in Lab.gruppen’s PLM Series and Lake’s LM 26. Development of technologies intended to be in line with proposed AVB standards is being carried out by the group’s specialist division TC Applied Technologies.
TC Group’s CTO Morten Lave commented: “It is very exciting to be a member of this exclusive group; we have always been supportive of open standards. AVB, combined with AVnu’s dedication to create a compliance program, is precisely what the industry needs at the moment.”
Group CEO Anders Fauerskov added: “TC Group is driven by a pursuit to deliver fully flexible product solutions at the best possible value. As a consequence, open standards are the only way forward and AVB is the logical answer for us. In joining the AVnu Alliance, we look forward to the opportunity to work together with the other alliance partners in driving the AVB standard forward.”