Ce Pro and our sister site Commercial Integrator have been covering the SDVoE Alliance since its launch. The organisation always has some interesting news to bring to ISE and 2018’s headline is the signing up of Savant and an adopting member, significant as until this point much of its activity has been within the commercial install sector.

The automation platform will see its new SDVoE-based IP Video product line at the show on Stand 5-U120.

Savant IP Video products deliver a 4K video over IP switching platform that the maker says will give its dealers a competitive advantage, delivering premium distributed AV content to residential as well as commercial clients.

The new switching platform delivers 4K/60 4:4:4 HDR video distribution over IP with zero frame latency, leveraging Savant’s history in telecom to deliver high-speed scalable IP entertainment solutions.

Savant says professionals will appreciate the convenience of a centralised 10GbE switch, enabling high-bandwidth Ethernet connectivity throughout. The video and audio distribution capability of the new switch cost effectively meets the demand for a high quality experience across any job size, with scalability only limited by the size of the network, allowing installations of from 2 to 128 zones or more.

New products in the lineup include the Savant IP Video 4 and 8 input video transmitters as well as Savant IP Video output receivers available with either fibre or copper as an option.

Versions of the Savant product also include powerful on-board DSP processing to manage conversion of Dolby and DTS formats to stereo down-mixes, enabling a full range of residential applications – from home theaters to simple kitchen TVs – to be supported on a single integrated hardware/software platform.

“Our dealer base is enthusiastic about our new IP Video solutions and early adoption has been extremely strong,” says Tim McInerney, director of product marketing at Savant. “We’re excited to be part of the alliance and to bring the benefits of SDVoE standards to our dealers and their clients.”

Justin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance, adds, “We are thrilled to have Savant join the alliance with already shipping products that are really exercising the full capabilities of the SDVoE platform.

“It is fascinating to see features like multi-image compositing and audio DSP applied to the residential application environment. This is a great area of growth for the SDVoE standard.”

All AV distribution and processing applications that demand zero-latency, uncompromised video can benefit from SDVoE technology, which provides an end-to-end hardware and software platform for AV extension, switching, processing and control through chipset technology, common control APIs and interoperability.

SDVoE network architectures are based on off-the-shelf Ethernet switches thus offering cost savings and greater system flexibility and scalability over traditional approaches such as point-to-point extension and circuit-based AV matrix switching.