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OMNEO Network quality applications, bandwidth reduction tools that increase channel capacity. OMNEO is designed for networks of 2 to 10,000 nodes, with physical network diameters ranging from miniscule to thousands of miles. Which solutions does OMNEO offer? OMNEO is an architecture suitable for signal transport and system control in today’s media networks. OMNEO is the common networking architecture for all other Bosch Communications brands – Telex, Electro-Voice, DYNACORD, Bosch Public Address, and Bosch Conference Systems. OMNEO-based products will be offered by these brands on various schedules in 2013 and beyond. Which advantages does the use of an open public standard technology offer? Open public standards ultimately provide the best value for the customer. Firstly, by allowing interoperation of equipment from multiple companies, open standards allow customers to purchase the equipment they want without being forced to buy from specific product lines or companies. Because of this, the competition between manufacturers remains keen, and purchasing decisions can be made based on a product’s merits and features rather than “what language it speaks”. Thus, the customer benefits. Secondly, public standards tend to change slowly and remain supported for long times. Thus, the threat of obsolescence is minimized. Finally, under an open standard, the availability of supporting hardware and software components increases. This decreases costs of development and manufacture, resulting ultimately in lower prices to customers. What preconditions does an existing system have to fulfil? For a media network, preconditions will vary depending on the number of signals that need to be carried, the audio quality required, and the particular media network that has been chosen. Bosch’s OMNEO architecture uses standard TCP/IP Ethernet technology, which requires no special hardware and no unusual network expertise, leaving only the question of bandwidth for customers to consider. Is OMNEO usable on both DOS and Mac computers? Manufacturers may choose to implement software that runs on Windows (aka DOS) computers, on Macs, on other kinds of computers, and/or on the tiny control computers inside networked audio devices. Although this software may appear very different from one implementation to another, all the versions will send and receive the same kinds of OMNEO messages through their Ethernet connectors on their back panels. an open public standard it is likely that multiple “Glue Vendors” will offer embedders, de-embedders, and others for managing the audio portion of HDTV signal streams, simplifying the integration of the intercom. Which interfaces does OMNEO offer? RTS OMNEO intercom enhancements will fit into existing RTS ADAM intercom systems. Those systems already support analogue, AES, MADI, and RVON (VoIP) input/output, and all of those interfaces will be reachable from OMNEO. In the future, additional interfaces will be produced by Bosch and others, which will further extend the reach of OMNEO solutions. Which advantages does OMNEO offer for broadcasters and companies using intercoms? A look into the future: In which areas is further development and optimization taking place? Choosing an OMNEO solution is a clear and safe overall strategy for media networking services and products in the future. For broadcasters, OMNEO will provide a stable, long-lived network environment for interconnecting devices from Bosch and other companies to form subsystems that smoothly exchange signals and share remote control interfaces. For manufacturers of broadcast equipment (including intercom products), building products that use the same public standards that OMNEO uses will allow those products to participate in a growing world of interoperable equipment, which will lead to sales in various areas where multivendor solutions are required. Our current OMNEO work is multifaceted - we’re working on various improvements in manageability and configurability, on creating software tools to make deployment and management as easy as possible, on optimizing bandwidth and data rates, on interfaces to other kinds of networks, and on supporting emerging technologies and applications. Using a concrete example, please describe the benefit a company would have when using OMNEO. A concrete example would be the following: Presume that you as a customer have implemented an OMNEO based intercom system. The time comes where you want to bring in a less common signal in some format (TOSLINK, SPDIF or others). It is very likely that a number of audio manufacturers will have embraced OMNEO and offer competing but compatible off the shelf SPDIF to OMNEO I/O boxes. Problem solved. Another example would be that as How modular is OMNEO constructed? Can future technologies be integrated without a problem? Strictly speaking, OMNEO is a set of protocol definitions, not a physical product. Those definitions are flexible, and will support new kinds of OMNEO devices and controllers gracefully. The OMNEO architecture is specifically designed to be future-proof. The Bosch implementation of OMNEO contains a number of software and hardware elements, some made by Bosch, some made by Audinate. All of these elements are constructed according to Bosch’s extremely high quality assurance standards, and will stand the test of time. This modular and standards-based approach will allow OMNEO products to coexist and interoperate with products that may use new technologies for transport, control, or both. 70 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY071NOV12.indd 70 06/11/2012 18:11