In what could be a HUGE development in the ProAV market (especially for companies who already have streaming-video over IP products/servers on the market), ClearOne’s NetStreams division was granted patent #7,643,894 for its Audio Network Distribution System on January 5th, 2010 by the United States Patent Office. The patent is for streaming synchronized time-sensitive audio and video over Local Area Networks, known as StreamNet.
The StreamNet technology facilitates discovery, control and content management over standard networking using IP. NetStreams’ patented StreamNet technology enables integrators to deliver complete IP-based audio/video distribution solutions over TCP/IP networks. It provides an end-to-end IP ecosystem for plug-n-play connectivity, A/V signal synchronization, high performance A/V reproduction, automatic device discovery and configuration, network control, and more.
Again, this is a big deal. There are many systems currently being used by the various companies offering content servers in the ProAV market, including companies like Harman, Crestron and vBrick. rAVe will be investigating this patent and we’ll let you know what we find, but the implication here is that some of the current systems on the market may fight this patent.
If you want to read the entire news story on this patent, go to: http://www.b2i.us/profiles/investor/NewsPrint.asp?b=509&ID=35349&m=rl