Ethan Wetzell, platform strategist Bosch Communications Systems, and OCA member company representative
USA - The OCA Alliance is promoting the vision of common, open standard, real time network control at InfoComm15. The alliance's booth - # 211 - will feature a live demonstration of control and monitoring across networked audio devices from different manufacturers with different transport protocols, including OCA enabled products from Bosch Communications, d&b audiotechik and Focusrite. Leading technical and product specialists from the alliance will be available on the booth to provide information to, and answer questions from, visitors and exhibitors.

Open Control Architecture (OCA) - due to be ratified as an official AES standard - is a language that enables the common real time remote control and monitoring of audio networks, using any available transport protocol (Dante, AVB, AES67, Cobranet, etc.). During InfoComm the OCA Alliance will discuss new projects currently in development for lightweight implementation of OCA in smaller embedded devices and to investigate 'discovery' standardization.

New OCA enabled products are being launched at InfoComm by member companies, including the installation focused d&b audiotechnik 10D and 30D amplifiers, and the Bosch PRS-4OMI4 OMNEO interface; providing OMNEO and OCA connectivity to the Praesideo voice alarm system and DCN multimedia conferencing systems.

Wolfgang Schulz, product manager installed sound at d&b audiotechnik, states, "We are excited to launch these new OCA enabled amplifiers with features specifically tailored to the integration market. From now on complete installation solutions, from the amplifiers and the OCA enabled R1 Remote control software, to the loudspeakers and the installation mounting hardware, are available from d&b. The foundation for the OCA integration vision is already built into these amplifiers."

For Bosch Communications Systems, Ethan Wetzell, platform strategist, comments, "As a manufacturer we are very happy to see the OCA ecosystem continue to expand. As we continue to extend OCA functionality into new markets, with products such as DCN multimedia and the PRS-4OMI4, we can see the new integration possibilities that OCA is creating.

"Additionally, with the new collaborations that the OCA Alliance is undertaking with new 'smaller' implementations, we are listening to the developer and manufacturer communities and making OCA easier to use in more devices than ever before."

Leading technical and product specialists from the OCA Alliance will be available on the booth throughout the show to provide information and answer questions.

(Jim Evans)

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