New Lab Delivers Best Practices for AV Deployment

World Laboratory Day is observed on April 23 each year and the timing couldn’t be better to announce the opening of Panduit’s new Audio-Visual Lab. Panduit has a long history of providing superior category cabling solutions for enterprise applications. We are able to offer our customers the best infrastructure solutions for their networks, thanks to the breadth of our expertise. Customers can rely on Panduit as a trusted advisor covering all aspects from installation, testing, industry standards, network topologies, along with the performance and capabilities of the infrastructure deployed.

With the acquisition of Atlona a few months ago, Panduit can now be that trusted advisor for emerging audio visual (AV) applications that make their way onto ethernet networks. Combining Panduit’s existing expertise with Atlona’s AV expertise, we can now give our customers a unique end-to-end perspective covering all aspects of an AV solution. To realize the benefits of our combined expertise, we have built a new research lab at the Jack E. Caveney Innovation Center. The lab was developed with three key objectives:

  1. Leverage our expertise of infrastructure and networking in AV over IP applications using Atlona’s industry-leading OmniStream solution
  2. Create an environment to understand the best practices for configuration and deployment of Atlona hardware on ethernet networks
  3. Enable competitive testing of AV infrastructure as well as alternate networked AV solutions

From these objectives, we defined key areas of focus for various AV technologies and set about to develop a site with all the necessary equipment, infrastructure, and hardware needed for a world-class lab. 

For AV over IP applications, we will have the ability to explore aspects such as network topology, infrastructure, congestion, and redundancy. The lab will consist of a highly configurable network topology to emulate real world local area network (LAN), core campus, and wide area network (WAN) configurations. A diverse array of cabling infrastructure is being installed to allow networks to be connected with either Category 5e, 6, or 6A in unshielded or shielded applications. Each cabling option will also be available in worst case configurations covering maximum and minimum four connector channel lengths per Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) guidelines. We will have the ability to evaluate the impact of network congestion on AV traffic when it is converging with other ethernet traffic such as email, voice, and web. For redundant network applications, we will be able to study the impact of various network failure modes on AV traffic. From this type of experimentation, we will be able to provide our customers with a detailed understanding of an AV network’s capabilities, along with recommendations and best practices for equipment configuration and infrastructure deployment.

Along with studying the various use cases of AV over IP and deployment options, the lab will have the ability to test other emerging Enterprise applications in the future. For this reason, the lab is known as EARL, or Enterprise Application Research Lab.

With the knowledge and insight gained from EARL, we can provide the best customer experience and guidance based on a cohesive Enterprise solution.

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