Is SDVoE Switching How We See Our Audiovisual Network?

Today’s AV world is rapidly changing when it comes to AV signal distribution. The well known Alliance for HDBaseT Technology created a standard for extending, transmitting, and receiving Video/Audio signals to remote locations back in 2010. Manufacturers have to certify and register any product using Category cable for signal extension via a transmitter and receiver device.

However, the buzz is many Manufacturers are not content with the high cost of annual fees and contractual obligations associated with certifying HDBaseT products via the HDBaseT Alliance Certification program. The new and improved alternative technology is known as SDVoE, a more practical solution for transmitting AV signals.

As of 2017, the non-profit organization referred to as the “Software Defined Video over Ethernet” Alliance has emerged with Ethernet Port communications utilizing Audio and Video over Internet Protocol platforms.

What is SDVoE?

SDVoE technology is the standardized interface between the endpoints and the software that provides the momentum to create new classes of applications. Simply, this technology performs the same operations as a Matrix Switch, but without the physical need for a Matrix Switch. Instead, SDVoE utilizes 1G/10G Ethernet Networks and individual connected devices known as Coders to Transmit (Encoders) and Receive (Decoders) signals via LAN (Local Area Network) from Source devices to Displays.

Overall, the theory is SDVoE will imminently become the new standard for sending Video/Audio/Control signals over LAN offering 1G and 10G switch platforms. SDVoE is much more flexible, offering simplified expandability and greater distances with fewer constraints. Altogether, maintenance will reduce, achieving cost-effectiveness over the long run.


Will SDVoE Replace HDBaseT?

Although SDVoE will not entirely replace HDBaseT, the overwhelming consensus is yes; it will be the future method for most AV signal distributions. Importantly, notable world-renowned organizations such as Netgear, Christie, and Sony join the SDVoE Alliance, including enrolling active associates on the board of directors stemming from their organizations.


How Can We Achieve an SDVoE Environment?

When it comes to implementing game-changing technology, a vital concern is the overall migration costs. Especially when it comes to medium and large Networks. Currently, most businesses and residential Networks are using 1G Networks. These networks are less reliable when transmitting large data packets such as Video and Audio. The truth is most IT departments will not support the use of these large Multicast Data packets to stream on the primary LAN in fear it may crash the entire Network. Implementing SDVoE means most companies will need to convert from 1G to 10G Networks for reliability and performance. Switching could get expensive as 10G Network equipment is quite pricey.

Some valuable forethought result in being able to stack 1G and 10G switches. Integration aids with initial implementation costs. This compatibility saves money, allowing end-users to migrate at a pace conducive to quarterly budget constraints. SDVoE offers versatility to adapt AV systems to ever-changing business needs.

Since SDVoE technology is still relatively new, the industry has their eyes and ears on the monitor, observing and analyzing. When it comes to real-world installations, there will be many adaptations and changes to keep an eye on. As SDVoE evolves into becoming the future of AV, our online store, is solution driven, carrying SDVoE defined products.