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AES, OCA Alliance to Collaborate On Open Control Architecture Standard

NEW YORK — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the OCA Alliance have jointly announced that an AES standards project has been founded to consider OCA, the Open Control Architecture, as a public standard for control and monitoring of professional media networks. The goal of this AES-X210 Open Control Architecture project is to produce a public, open and royalty-free communications protocol standard for reliable, secure control/monitoring of interconnected audio devices in networks of two to 10,000 elements.

When complete, it is hoped that the OCA standard will gain industry acceptance and open a new era in standardized, interoperable control of devices from diverse manufacturers. OCA will be a control and monitoring (and not a media transport) standard, intended to operate seamlessly with existing media transport standards such as AVB, and the proposed AES-X210 protocol.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with leading manufacturers in the OCA Alliance on this standards project,” said AES Standards Committee Chair, Bruce C. Olson. In the coming months, the AES-X210 task group will render the current OCA 1.1 specification into standards form and to shepherd its processing through AES’ open standards process. Interested individuals are encouraged to participate.

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