New York, NY (February 8, 2016)–The Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee has ratified Open Control Architecture as the AES70-2015 standard for audio applications of networks, making it now an official public open standard.
Originally proposed as a field-tested specification by the OCA Alliance—a not-for-profit association of leading professional audio and AV industry manufacturers invested in audio networking, formed to secure the standardization of the OCA as a media networking system control standard for professional applications—the standard has already seen implementation in the field on commercially available products from alliance member companies.
Chair for the Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee (AESSC), Bruce Olson, comments, "AES70 represents another important step towards the interoperable networked working environment that audio professionals will rely on. The AES will continue to develop the standards necessary to enhance these tools."
Combining AES70 system control with standard media transport is expected to bring a complete media network solution to the market, one in which devices from diverse manufacturers can readily interoperate. In particular, AES70 includes a complete Discovery specification which will complement media transport standards and solutions such as AES67. However, AES70 may be implemented with any media transport mechanism, including AVB/TSN and analog cable.
Technically, AES70 is essentially the same as OCA 1.3, the specifications for which have been available on the OCA Alliance website since October 2014, and which has been used in shipping products that have implemented OCA. However, a few changes have been made, which can be found in the official standards documents from the standards section of the AES website.
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