Velocity’s new functionality includes room scheduling, unlimited BYOD use for AV control and integration with soft codec platforms
Atlona promises a range of new features and ‘flexible deployment options’ for the second generation of its Velocity IP-enabled AV control platform. Velocity, described by the manufacturer as ‘the AV industry’s first fully IP-enabled control solution’, will now offer new options for planning and scaling AV control system designs up to large, enterprise-wide installations.
The updated Velocity’s new functionality includes room scheduling, unlimited BYOD use for AV control, integration with soft codec platforms such as Zoom Rooms and Cisco WebEx, AV asset management, and cloud-based remote monitoring and management. In addition to BYOD devices, Atlona’s 5.5- and 8-inch Velocity touchpanels can be employed.
The updated Velocity System platform also offers new hardware and software server gateways, including the VGW-HW-3 (providing AV control for up to three rooms, room scheduling for up to six rooms and up to 250 simultaneous IP connections), the VGW-HW-10 (AV control for 10 rooms, room scheduling for 20 and 250 simultaneous IP connections) and the VGW-HW-20 and VGW-SW (both delivering AV control for 20 rooms, room scheduling for 40 rooms and up to 500 simultaneous IP connections). The VGW-SW can be used with one or more VRL-SW licences, as each licence provides AV control for one additional room and room scheduling for two additional rooms.
Each of the server gateways allows for system set up and management from a web browser, with Google Calendar- and Microsoft Office 365-compatible room scheduling, centralised management of installed Atlona AV devices, and access to Velocity Cloud Lite for remote configuration and management of AV control and room scheduling systems. They also support secure data communications standards, such as IEEE 802.1x for hardware gateways, and allow for a second, redundant Velocity System gateway to be added to a system.
Atlona has also launched the new 4K/UHD-ready AT-DISP-CTRL standalone display control system, created for automating meeting spaces. The plug-and-play device is intended for meeting spaces that lack AV switching abilities, removing the need for handheld remote controls often used during presentations.
Finally, the OmniStream 111 wall plate (AT-OMNI-111-WP) is a single-channel networked AV encoder, compliant with HDCP 2.2 and supports HDMI sources up to 4K/UHD at 60Hz with HDR – including optional support for 12-bit Dolby Vision content at 60fps – plus embedded audio. It features visually lossless VC-2 video compression technology and combines with OmniStream networked AV decoders to reportedly achieve ultra-low, sub-frame latency from encode to decode.