Bothell, Washington, (December 13, 2016)—ALC NetworX, developer of the RAVENNA audio networking technology, has announced the release of RAV2SAP, a RAVENNA-to-SAP freeware conversion tool designed to help connect RAVENNA devices to other AES67 devices.
Crucial to the success of any network is connection management between devices and the exchange of SDP data, which describes specific stream characteristics and connection information. The AES67 standard doesn’t mandate for any specific connection management methods, as different solutions exist depending on the application.
In RAVENNA, the SDP data is conveyed via the RTSP protocol, which is a common method in layer 3 (IP) streaming applications. Other systems, notes the company, exclusively utilize the SAP protocol for SDP data transfer. However, since they offer no manual means for SDP data read-out or entry, they cannot connect to other AES67 devices unless these also support SAP.
“Since RAVENNA and AES67 are both based on an open technology approach utilizing the same principles and protocols, and RAVENNA has always advocated open interconnectivity, we decided to make the converter available as a freeware tool, downloadable from the RAVENNA website,” said Andreas Hildebrand, senior product manager at ALC NetworX.