Barco Launches Software-Based AV Control system


Barco
 just launched a new version of their Overture software-based AV control solution. Any network-connected device with a browser can use Overture to control and monitor equipment.

As you likely know, Overture is an IP-based software system that can be connected via an IP network. To add a network-enabled device (projector, display, audio system, blinds, retractable projector screen) you connect it to the network and configure Overture with a web-based interface. Overture can work with any device from any brand (as long as the protocol is available). 

Nearly every publication in the AV market will just re-print the press release that Barco sent out about this. However, we are going to give you context. Read this carefully and read it keeping the Barco ClickShare CSE-800 in mind. There is NO DOUBT that the Overture is being positioned to be a big part of Barco’s future and will eventually be integrated into the ClickShare – making the ClickShare the hub for Overture – not requiring a network server. Barco is clearly going after the traditional AV control market.

Overture is a centralized system. So, a server is required to run it but that server can operate in multiple locations/rooms – no matter where they are around the world. In each location, software on a simple computer handles local device communication. By adding alerts, the support team can be warned when certain events occur – an overheating projector, for example – so they can take immediate action. And because Overture monitors AV equipment centrally, the technical staff can troubleshoot and correct issues for the entire company remotely, using Overture’s Help Desk interface.

As it is completely HTML 5-based, the in-room user interface, which is used to control all the connected devices in the meeting room, can be deployed on any device that has a network connection and a web browser. Barco says this eliminates the need for proprietary controllers and touch panels. 

Here are all the technical details.

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