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ISE 2019: Genelec to debut Smart IP audio platform

The audio platform is designed for the installation market, and will deliver power, audio and scalable loudspeaker system configuration, supervision and calibration features

Genelec is getting ready to unveil an open IP networking technology platform at ISE 2019, called the Smart IP audio platform. 

This platform is aimed specifically at the installation market and will deliver power, audio, and scalable loudspeaker system configuration, supervision and calibration features via a single, standard CAT5 cable.

This new technology will be rolled out over a range of Genelec’s installed audio loudspeakers in the fourth quarter of the year. Based on IP and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), the Genelec technology platform includes a proprietary internal power supply that is said to deliver much higher SPLs than conventional PoE. According to Genelec, the platform is powerful enough to run small- to medium-sized systems.

Genelec’s Smart IP platform also enables flexible system integration, management, and monitoring over IP thanks to Genelec’s GLM software. The concept of loudspeaker management by software is already a well-established tool within Genelec’s studio monitoring loudspeaker range, but to address the specific needs of the installed audio market, Genelec has developed dedicated software that offers a raft of tools focusing on solving specific audio problems, including device discovery, automatic room equalisation and calibration, system organisation, and status monitoring. This is set to save integrators working time, whilst ensuring that the system performs well.

The Smart IP platform solution is compatible with the most popular audio-over-IP networking protocols and a standard analogue input is also included, increasing the system design flexibility.

According to Aki Mäkivirta, director of R&D at Genelec, the development of the IP technology platform offers integrators an easy and cost-effective route to uncompromised high quality audio installations.

“With everything you need delivered over a single, standard network cable – including enough power to drive medium SPL applications – integrators have a complete solution at their fingertips: the highest quality loudspeakers with onboard signal processing, integrated power amplifiers, and automatic room calibration, all underpinned by Genelec’s renowned audio and build quality. Additionally, since all Genelec production takes place at our factory in Finland and follows strict principles of environmental compatibility and design for a long service lifetime, it simply doesn’t get any easier to guarantee sustainable quality audio installations.”