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Beyond HDMI: HDBaseT for Commercial AV

Beyond HDMI: HDBaseT for Commercial AV

Oct 8, 2012 10:40 AM

The influence of everyday connectivity and residential standards affects commercial AV both in terms of expectations and technology. HDMI was a step towards offering audio, video, and control in one cable, and recently adding Ethernet sharing, but it has it’s flaw that make it difficult to implement in the commercial realm. A new technology standard has emerged, that offers the promise of making connecting our equipment much easier, and systems design simpler, allowing closer interconnection of devices. This new standard, HDBaseT, was developed as a consumer electronic (CE) connectivity technology optimized for whole-home and commercial multimedia distribution. HDBaseT can connect all the devices in a system, converging uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single category cable.

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Speaker: Jonathan Brawn is a principal of Brawn Consulting, an audiovisual consulting, educational development, and marketing firm, based in Vista, California. Brawn Consulting has a national footprint with connection to the major manufacturers and integrators in the commercial audiovisual industry. Prior to this, Jonathan was Director of Technical Services for Visual Appliances, an Aliso Viejo CA based firm that manufactures ZeroBurn plasma display technology, and successfully ran his own integration group, Brawn & Associates, serving the residential and commercial audiovisual markets. Jonathan literally grew up in the AV industry, with almost 20 years of experience in technology, design, and educational development. Starting with Hughes JVC in the early 90’s, Jonathan worked alongside his father Alan in creating and building training programs for technical, sales, and marketing development. Jonathan has extensive experience in AV systems design and integration, as well as expertise in the development of educational development programs. Jonathan holds CTS certification and teaches courses at InfoComm. Jonathan sat on the InfoComm PISCR (Projected Image System Contrast Ratio) task group, helping develop the industry ANSI standard for system contrast, and currently is part of the task group on Display Image Size. He is a founding director of ISF Commercial, a display calibration and certification standards body, and a founding member of The Digital Signage Experts Group. He provides articles for industry publications including Systems Contractor News, Sound and Video Contractor, and The Digital Signage Magazine.

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