FRONT of HOUSE — November 2012
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OCA Alliance Incorporates, Promotes Open Standards, Industry Membership

SAN FRANCISCO — The Open Control Architecture (OCA) Alliance, the industry collective developing a media networking system control standard for professional applications, announced that it has been officially incorporated as a non-profit trade association.

The incorporation represents the latest milestone for the Alliance, which was founded in June 2011 to develop a standardized control and monitoring architecture for professional media networks.

Since its founding, the Alliance has moved rapidly, releasing initial technical documents to its Observer members in October of 2011 and the complete OCA 1.0 Specification to the Observers in May of 2012.

The Specification now stands at Release 1.1. Coincident with its incorporation, the Alliance has placed the entire Release 1.1 Specification on its public website, oca-alliance.com, for free download.

In the coming months, the Alliance will transfer the Specification to a public standards organization for ratification as an official open public standard, free for all to use. After that, the Alliance will actively support the standards-making process, and will at the same time promote and support the adoption of OCA as a tool for the professional media systems industry.

“Incorporation represents another major step forward in the creation of a robust, feature-rich media networking control solution,” said Terry Holton, senior manager, Product Planning at Yamaha’s R&D Center. “We are making significant progress, with excellent participation from all our founding member companies.”

In its new role as a trade association, the Alliance invites all interested companies to join. Alliance founders include Bosch Communications Systems, d&b audiotechnik, Duran Audio, Loud Technologies, Media Technology Systems, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Salzbrenner StageTec Mediagroup, TC Group, and Yamaha Commercial Audio.
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