Control. Interface. Logic. Script. Data. Distribution.
Everybody involved in modern AV installations and projects knows about the challenges of having numerous devices from numerous different manufacturers all speaking different control protocols… Haven’t you ever dreamed about a single communication and abstraction layer for the entire AV system network? Could you imagine a system where the connection between a touchpanel button and a contact closure is made with a single Drag & Drop operation? And could you imagine that you can also Drag & Drop connections between projector controls, building bus systems / light switches, DMX, Art-Net, MIDI, video or audio controls, PC controls, Databases and Outlook Calendars just to name a few examples? We know about the challenges and have invented the most technologically advanced (A)udio (V)isual (I)nput (O)utput system. Avio is a clean sheet design which covers all aspects of a modern AV installation:
Wings Avio connects just everything
How does Avio work?
Simple. Clever. Stable.
Avio is a network protocol and sophisticated control logic system developed for AV installations. The idea behind is to bring all devices of an AV installation like media servers, show controllers, lights, effects, projectors, switchers, scalers,… to the same abstraction layer. All devices ports and controls show up automatically in a tree view topology of the network and can be “wired” to each other using a simple Drag & Drop editor. E.g. it is possible to wire the button of a touchpanel with a light bulb but it is also possible to wire the gesture controls of a Microsoft Kinect unit with the video parameters of a media server just to give a few examples.
Decentralized. Fail passive. Automatic.
Do you know legacy AV control solutions where central servers were handling all connections and control logics? The disadvantage is that if this server fails the entire installation is down and maintenance is immediately required. Avio follows a different approach: Its design is decentralized which makes it fail-passive. There is no central server or computer required: Every Avio device communicates directly with the other devices and stores its connection information. If one device fails, only the affected connections are interrupted and the only maintenance work required is to exchange this single device and use a new one with the configuration (which is stored on an SD card) of the existing one.
Automatic. Safe. Verified.
Avio is not just a stupid control protocol converter. Once a device is embedded into the Avio network it is permanently observed: Once a value is sent from one device to another Avio makes sure that the values have arrived safely and uses a bunch of different network technologies in the background to get this done. Data can be scaled and converted into different formats automatically or using manual parameters.
DMX. RS232. Art-Net. KNX. MIDI. Audio. Scheduling. Logging.
So what does Avio now really interact with? What technologies are driven by Avio? Avio addresses virtually all aspects of a modern AV installation ranging from secured device communication to scheduling, logic functions, I/O operations and logging and debugging of the attraction’s network.