Gary Interviews AptoVision’s CEO, Kamran Ahmed, About Future of Video Over the Network

gary-aptovision-0215I have often written that what HDBaseT is doing now is merely a band-aid to the future of video signal routing and distribution.


Well, it’s not network-based. HDBaseT converts video, audio, network, control and power to a signal so that it can be carried over CATx cable over long distances. But, it’s not over the network. It’s network-like, but not the network.

I love HDBaseT — I don’t like that the HDBaseT Alliance isn’t enforcing their own standard and making sire that everyone building HDBaseT products and AV gear aren’t all compatible with each other — thus, not building to the HDBaseT specs. What that means is that you can’t build AV systems that use different manufacturer’s gear. Thus, if you want to use an Extron HDBaseT matrix switcher with Atlona transmitters and receivers and send that into the HDBaseT input of a Panasonic projector — it won’t work. One of those three isn’t following the HDBaseT spec, completely. You figure out which one! You can probably guess. 🙂

In any case, today, I spent nearly an hour with the CEO of AptoVision, Kamran Ahmed, today and he explained their technology and mission — it’s the networked version of HDBaseT — and, since it’s following the network protocols and standards, for switching you use ANY BRAND’s 10 Gig network switch.

OK, that’s the only hitch, right? The 10 Gig switch issue.

But, Ahmed understand that and he even admitted that their sweet-spot for growth will be five years from now — when most switches will be 10-Gig. And, we all know that will happen, eventually, as Cisco and the like want to sell more and more routers.

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AptoVsion is focused on the future and understand that. Their technology, all wrapped in a chip technology called BlueRover NT that enables the extension, switching and routing of real-time, uncompressed Ultra-HD (4K and below) AV signals with zero-frame latency over off-the-shelf (OTS) Ethernet switches. And, it’s AVB-ready — so the audio can be routed via Dante.

I shot a video (remember, it’s set-up day here at ISE and there were a lot of barrier in the way in shooting this video – so the quality is not the best we can shoot, but the point and demo is clear) that explains the way their BlueRiver NT technology works and it’s impressive. Here’s the video.

For years, we’ve been writing about how the future of AV is IT including sending video and audio over the network — not just parallel to the network and not setting up an AV-only network. Truly over the network. AptoVision can do that now.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at