Networked AV

Sep 20, 2016

ASIS 2016 Wrap-Up

We hope you had the opportunity to see our latest products in action in our Security Operations Center (SOC) at ASIS 2016, the security profession’s premier education and networking event. Some 20,000 security professionals from around the world gathered in Orlando, Florida to discover the latest in security technologies.

We showcased our new Zio® encoders and decoders, an innovative family of products for AV over IP. Visitors admired the range of the Zio system’s advanced capabilities, particularly its intuitive interface. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches, with encoders that support standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources, and decoders that drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints can easily be added.

Our award-winning MediaWall V® processor was on display at ASIS, too. The MediaWall V display processor delivers stunning visuals in real time. Visitors were treated to a spectacular 4K video wall mixing both HD and UHD resolutions in windows spread across the wall. MediaWall V display processor can handle an astounding 96 million pixels at 60 frames per second plus switching, routing, and real-time scaling of images. Its multiple wall option allows up to three walls to be independently controlled from a single processor, resulting in substantial cost savings.

We exhibited another cost-effective solution at ASIS as well—the VIEW Controller. Those who stopped by our booth got a firsthand glimpse at our technology that streamlines operation of our MediaWall display processors. VIEW Controller is fast to implement and economical, replacing complicated third-party controllers that require custom programming. VIEW Controller features an easy-to-use GUI where you can drag-and-drop sources to quickly route them for display, live thumbnails of signal sources as convenient visual aids for managing workflow, real-time processing for immediate routing and window-resizing, preset recall of window layouts and routings, and the ability to scale sources across any part or all of the video wall.

Zio Networked AV, MediaWall V Display Processor, and VIEW Controller are a testament to RGB Spectrum’s position as an innovator in video and display processing technology for your SOC.

For more information about these and other RGB Spectrum solutions, visit our website or contact your Regional Sales Manager.

Nov 12, 2018

AV over IP Extended to Mobile Devices with RGB Spectrum's New Zio Decoder App

Distribution of audio and video over an IP network is growing dramatically every year. Additionally, today’s mobile workforce presents challenges to include remote workers’ phones and tablets. RGB Spectrum addresses these challenges with a new mobile decoder app as part of its Zio® Networked AV ecosystem.

The Zio decoder app for mobile devices, available now from the Google Play Store, connects a remote workforce. Zio's Unified Management system automatically discovers remote users allowing them to select and view available Zio streams. This functionality allows greater collaboration between facilities and remote users.

In addition to allowing users to "pull" desired content, system operators can "push" content out to them as well. Remote users receive a standard mobile OS notification alerting them to new content availability.

The Zio solution defines what it means to provide a comprehensive AV over IP solution. Previously announced capabilities include encoders, decoders, multiviewers, wall processors, operator stations and apps for smart displays. System functionality includes the ability to display web content alongside video streams and to bridge LANs and WANs. The breadth of Zio offerings plus integration with third-party hardware adds up to a complete AV/IP video solution from a single vendor.

Find out more: rgb.com/zio-mobile

Dec 6, 2016

AV over IP Resonates with I/ITSEC Attendees

The world's largest modeling, simulation, and training exhibition, the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) wrapped up on Thursday with over 6,000 in attendance. RGB Spectrum showcased the new Zio Networked AV solution built upon experience with earlier generations of streaming and recording codecs currently deployed throughout the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.

Attendees admired the range of the Zio system’s advanced capabilities, particularly its intuitive interface. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches, with encoders that support standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources, and decoders that drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints can easily be added.

For more information on Zio, go to www.rgb.com/zio.

Mar 30, 2017

AV-over-IP Solution for Defense and Aerospace Applications

RGB Spectrum’s new Zio RT® AV-over-IP technology offers networked real-time video and audio distribution over an IP network. The system provides HD and 4K video encoding and decoding over conventional 1GB networks for defense, aerospace and military applications.

Zio RT codecs distribute any content, anywhere, providing a complete AV distribution solution. The system is fully scalable to any size deployment, from a battlefield shelter command post to a multi-building military base.

Offering the most advanced features of any codecs on the market today, Zio RT provides a choice of standards-based compression methods and parameters to optimize for the needs of any environment. Where bandwidth is sufficient, Zio RT supports all I-frame compression to achieve the highest quality and lowest latency. Signal sources and displays up to 4K resolution are supported. Zio RT also offers instantaneous seamless switching, overcoming one of the traditional limits of encoded video.

The Zio RT codec’s innovative peer-to-peer architecture maintains full 24/7 reliability, avoiding “single point of failure” vulnerability. For applications requiring the highest levels of reliability, there are redundant endpoints. An automated failover feature helps ensure continuous operation. End-to-end encrypted transmission is offered as an option.

The Zio RT codecs come packaged in a rugged, conduction-cooled enclosure to stand up to the rigors of challenging environments. They offer locking HDMI connectors with loop through. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is supported to simplify installation. The codecs can also be custom-built for even higher environmental and shock/vibration requirements, including MIL STD 901, 810, 461, 167 and DO160D.

Zio RT is an open system. It can accommodate externally generated video streams from third party H.264/H.265 IP cameras as well as streaming content to smart phones, IPTVs or display devices.

Other advanced IP-friendly features include automatic device discovery and integrated bandwidth management. For sharing video between domains, Zio RT encoders can produce multiple video streams with differing compression parameters, allowing a signal to be optimized to meet the stringent bandwidth, frame delay and jitter challenges of WAN links while keeping the highest quality in its original domain. Fully-integrated control is provided with a powerful, intuitive GUI. An API for control by third party devices is available. Options include KVM and recording. A USB port is standard but can be removed on special order.

The Zio RT endpoints are integrated with RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall and Galileo processors for multi-screen display, i.e. video walls, as well as multiviewers.

A command center, a simulator, a mobile TOC, a vessel, a base, a city, or the world - LANs, WANs, even satellite links - a Zio RT solution is up to the challenge.

Sep 19, 2016

Discover Flawless Networked AV with the Zio System

RGB Spectrum’s Zio® system offers the IT administrator a complete set of tools for a truly hassle-free transition to networked AV. Our new award-winning solution delivers a peer-to-peer architecture, automatic device discovery, group device control, and bandwidth management to give administrators the power they need to set up quickly and keep operations running smoothly. Zio networked AV provides ease of use, ease of configuration, and ease of management that are second to none.

Zio products are based on a peer-to-peer architecture that provides near infinite scalability. As your system grows, additional Zio endpoints can easily be added. Unlike other networked AV systems that require the additional expense of a dedicated server, the Zio peer-to-peer architecture is server-less, saving money and reducing points of failure. Since coordination in the Zio system is shared across all of the endpoints, no single device failure will prevent your system from working.

Automatic device discovery of Zio products simplifies setup and configuration. When a new Zio endpoint is added to a system, a notification is presented to administrators allowing them to quickly add the new device. The new device will be up and running in a flash.

The Zio device grouping feature makes life easier for both users and administrators. Grouping devices allows users to route content to multiple devices with one action. It can be used by administrators to simultaneously make software updates or define user access controls for devices in a group in a single step. There is no need for administrators to physically be in front of devices for an update.

Group device control is just one of the controls built into Zio AV over IP products. The Zio system can direct third-party devices through scripting. For instance, scripting could be used to turn on a building’s emergency lighting while routing to all displays a prerecorded video asking people to exit the building. Zio networked AV also has the interoperability to be controlled by external systems.

The browser-based interface makes control and management convenient. There is no need to install an app, simply log onto the Zio interface. An administrator or any user (with permission) can use any browser-capable device to customize the routing of sources to one or more displays. Administrators can grant and manage user permissions for end-user control over distribution of content through PCs or tablets.

Another noteworthy attribute is bandwidth management. This is achieved through optimization of compression parameters via the Zio GUI. Sources are encodable as multiple independent streams with different compression parameters, enabling optimization for the different bandwidth needs of local and wide-area networks.

Ease of management is a hallmark of the system. The Zio interface is straightforward, allowing administrators hassle-free management and monitoring. Administrators can quickly define what users can do (i.e., rights management), including the sources, displays, and global presets with which users can interact. Functions such as adding to device groups, renaming devices, changing IP addresses, and adding searchable tags are all done through the browser-based interface. Monitoring performance is equally efficient. Administrators can monitor real-time user activity, device/system health, and network bandwidth from the one interface.

In addition to being easy to operate and manage, the system is simple to configure and install. Zio endpoints can be powered by a PoE+ switch (or any PoE+ source), so there is no need to run separate power cables.

Content distribution across multiple rooms, buildings, and geographies is a breeze. The Zio AV over IP system supports the full gamut of environments – LANs, WANs, and even satellite links – to cover a room, a building, or an enterprise. The possibilities for user collaboration and control are endless.

How the Zio AV over IP System Works

The Zio system ensures seamless distribution of video, audio, and control data over the IP network infrastructure.

Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches, with encoders that support standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources at resolutions of up to 4K Ultra HD, and decoders that drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints can easily be added. Endpoints are designed to operate over both dedicated and shared networks and can be organized into groups to manage administrative functions and communications with other groups.

Jun 14, 2018

Eglin Air Force Base Deploys RGB Spectrum’s Leading-Edge Networked AV Technology

The U.S. Air Force's 96th Range Control Squadron (96 RNCS) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida provides real-time mission monitoring and control of the base's Test and Training Range. The 96 RNCS tracks and controls aircraft and weapons in flight, performs data collection and data processing for live and post-mission system performance analysis.

The 96 RNCS uses an array of information systems and applications that display sensor, telemetry and visual data to allow range operators to exercise control over range activities. To improve mission productivity, legacy infrastructure needed to be upgraded to a full networked audio/video solution.

AVI-SPL, the integrator for the project, chose RGB Spectrum's Zio® AV-over-IP technology. Zio codecs are used to decode more than 150 live visuals from test range cameras integrated with sensor, telemetry and tracking data. The D2004 codecs provided the capacity to handle the multicast IP camera feeds of varying resolutions up to 4K and decode them for viewing.

Zio codecs provide an easily manageable H.264 stream decoding platform for secure AV-over-IP transmission. The test range's 150 incoming camera streams are transmitted over a network to the control room's 24 Zio units for decoding and display. Customizable presets let operators select from the array of incoming streams and arrange them, on-the-fly, into applicable groups for real-time viewing. The codecs can be managed by both third-party control devices and Zio's built-in GUI, to provide multiple points of control during a testing event.

RGB Spectrum's Zio AV-over-IP technology offers enterprise-wide HD and 4K video and audio distribution over any size network. Zio's architecture bridges the gap across LANs and WANs, allowing users to pull in content from any location and distribute it is needed. It provides a fully scalable networked AV solution, with encoder and decoder endpoints, as well as multiviewers and video wall processors, Zio's unique WebView feature combines live video with web-based content. Web pages, tickers, analytics and anything that can be displayed in a web browser can be dragged and dropped into a window on the screen.

The Zio networked AV system offers seamless switching over the IP network infrastructure. Automatic discovery of encoders makes it easy to add devices to the network. An intuitive user interface offers live thumbnails of Zio encoded streams and drag-and-drop functionality for routing.

AVI-SPL is a global business partner providing audio visual solutions and managed services. AVI-SPL's highly-trained team works with organizations to strategize, design, deploy, manage and support advanced audio visual solutions. For more information, visit avispl.com.

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for processing, distribution, and display of video and AV over IP data. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge video/graphics processors and decision support systems. Company offerings include networked AV over IP, video wall processors, multiviewers, matrix switchers, codecs, extenders, and integrated solutions for control room management. For more information, visit rgb.com.

Oct 24, 2016

Experience Hassle-Free Networked AV with the Zio System

RGB Spectrum’s Zio® system delivers an AV over IP solution with an interface that users love. Our new award-winning AV over IP solution features a GUI designed with convenience in mind. Networked video operation and system control have never been simpler.

After the debut of the Zio system at InfoComm 2016, media and attendees commended its seamless switching and many innovative features, especially its easy-to-use interface. With Zio networked AV, users can preview content in the browser-based interface and use the drag-and-drop capability to send content to one destination or many. You’ll always find the right content quickly and easily with the Zio search tools.

The Zio user interface is purpose-built for expediency and efficiency. Through the GUI, endpoints can be organized into groups to quickly route a video stream to multiple destinations. For example, using the Zio drag-and-drop interface, a professor can easily route a presentation to multiple displays in multiple classrooms simultaneously. In a corporate setting, an executive can debut a company video in selected corporate and field offices at the same time.

It’s simple to see where all of your sources are routed by checking the Zio GUI and looking at the thumbnails. Each encoded source includes a preview of the content – a thumbnail image of each video stream – to help you quickly identify the desired signal. From the browser-based interface, you can also see what each display has routed to it, as well as any presets and “favorites” you have set up.

Presets let users save the routes they frequently use and then recall them with a single button-press or click. This is a real timesaver. For example, in the event of a breaking news story a user can select a preset that routes local news channels to displays in a control room. Any user task can be automated and accessed from the Zio interface, including controlling third-party devices.

You will also find your “favorites” easily in the GUI. Save yourself time by setting the devices, displays, groups, and presets you frequently use as favorites so you can call them up at any time. For instance, if you work in a building with many conference rooms, you can designate the conference room you use most often as a favorite. That way you won’t have to scroll through the full list of conference rooms. This is another example of how navigation is simplified in the Zio GUI.

Zio networked AV can control external systems or be controlled by them. Through the Zio scripting interface, users can control third-party devices, such as IP cameras, projectors, lights, and displays.

The Zio system ensures seamless distribution of video, audio, and control data over an IP network infrastructure. It is built for sources and displays up to 4K resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches, with encoders that accept standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources at resolutions of up to 4K Ultra HD, and decoders that feed displays up to 4K resolution. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints can easily be added. Endpoints are designed to operate over both dedicated and shared networks.

Whether it’s installed at a campus, in a city, or around the world – using LANs, WANs, or even satellite links – the Zio system meets the challenge of networked AV. An intuitive GUI makes video, audio, and control over IP simple and hassle-free.

Experience the Power of the Zio AV over IP System

Oct 26, 2017

Explore Zio’s Powerful, Simple User Interface

RGB Spectrum’s Zio AV-over-IP technology delivers a complete turnkey solution for the distribution and display of video and audio over a conventional IP network.

Explore Zio’s innovative technology with a new video series called QuickShots. Each short video highlights a unique feature demonstrating the key benefits of Zio’s intuitive, easy to use Unified Management System.

These new two-minute QuickShot videos allow you to see how the Zio Networked AV platform is both simple, yet powerful. Topics range from more advanced, administrative features to the simple basics of the user interface.

Zio product page video

The QuickShot video series topics include:

QuickShot videos can be found on the Zio product pages under the Video sections.

They are also available on a single page for quick, easy access at: www.rgb.com/zio-quickshots

More Zio QuickShot videos are planned for the coming months, so check back for the latest video.

 

The Zio AV-over-IP Architecture Advantage

RGB Spectrum’s novel Zio® AV-over-IP technology offers video and audio distribution over an IP network, replacing traditional dedicated switchers. Zio endpoints attach to a 1Gig Ethernet switch, with encoders accepting computer and video signals at resolutions up to 4K, and decoders for feeding displays. The Zio system offers seamless switching over the IP network infrastructure. Both dedicated and shared networks are supported.

For moving large amounts of data, an IP infrastructure excels. However, distributed video sources and destinations create unique challenges for time-sensitive and time-ordered video streams. Zio’s transport technologies and unique peer-to-peer architecture address these problems, with exceptional user control and performance management. An AV-over-IP system with a distributed management platform avoids costly server architectures and “single point of failure” vulnerability.

A room, a building, a campus, a city, or the world – LANs, WANs, even satellite links – Zio is up to the challenge.

Oct 31, 2017

Introducing RGB Spectrum’s Innovative AV-over-IP 4K Multiviewer

RGB Spectrum’s new Zio® Networked AV multiviewers allow multiple video streams and browser-based content to be viewed on a single display. A variety of models provide options for every application.

The compact Zio D2000 Series multiviewer allows up to four 1080p streams, or more at lower resolutions, to be displayed simultaneously. For applications requiring more streams, the Zio D3000 Series multiviewers build on this functionality, increasing the number of simultaneous streams displayed. For example, the D3124 model allows up to sixteen 1K, eight 2K or two 4K streams, or more at lower resolutions.

All multiviewer models can display Zio’s new WebView browser-based content along with video streams. Web pages, tickers, analytics – anything that can be displayed in a web browser – can be dragged and dropped onto a window on the screen along with encoded video streams. This unique feature facilitates digital-signage and data analytics applications.

Zio multiviewers are available in 2K and 4K models. Each can display a mix of streams at varying resolutions, scale any input up to 4K and route any stream to any display window. Both 2K and 4K inputs can be displayed without downscaling.

The Zio multiviewer product line is packed with versatile features, including displaying windows any size, anywhere on the screen, H.264 and H.265 decoding, a powerful scripting interface for external system control, HDCP compliance, zoom and pan, and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE). Custom presets allow you to easily save source routing and window layouts for quick recall.

The Zio user interface is the most intuitive in the industry. Operation is remarkably simple, providing for drag-and-drop of sources to displays. Live thumbnails of each stream and powerful search tools make finding the right content quick and easy.

The Zio AV-over-IP Architecture Advantage

RGB Spectrum’s novel Zio® AV-over-IP technology offers video and audio distribution over an IP network, replacing traditional dedicated switchers. Zio endpoints attach to a 1Gig Ethernet switch, with encoders accepting computer and video signals at resolutions up to 4K, and decoders for feeding displays. The Zio system offers seamless switching over the IP network infrastructure. Both dedicated and shared networks are supported.

For moving large amounts of data, an IP infrastructure excels. However, distributed video sources and destinations create unique challenges for time-sensitive and time-ordered video streams. Zio’s transport technologies and unique peer-to-peer architecture address these problems, with exceptional user control and performance management. An AV-over-IP system with a distributed management platform avoids costly server architectures and "single point of failure" vulnerability.

A room, a building, a campus, a city, or the world – LANs, WANs, even satellite links – Zio is up to the challenge.

Find out more about Zio networked AV over IP solutions at www.rgb.com/zio

Mar 23, 2017

Networked AV on Display at ISC West

The upcoming International Security Conference & Exposition, ISC West, is the largest event in the U.S. for the physical security industry. Attendees will get a chance to see RGB Spectrum’s control room solutions including the new Zio® Networked AV encoders, decoders, and multiviewer products integrated with the MediaWall V® video wall processor. The show runs from April 5 to 7 in Las Vegas, NV at the Sands Expo (Booth 2103).

Named “Best of Show” at its InfoComm 2016 debut, Zio encoders, decoders, and multiviewers provide simple scalability and ease of use through its unique peer-to-peer architecture. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches, with encoders that support standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources, plus decoders that drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints can easily be added.

Zio AV over IP products complement RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall V video wall processor. Wall outputs can be encoded for remote display, providing the ability to duplicate or mimic any content on the video wall or the video wall itself.

Make sure to stop by Booth 2103 for a demonstration and discussion about upcoming projects. More information on all of RGB Spectrum products and services can be found at www.rgb.com.

Aug 30, 2017

New Zio WebView for Browser-based Content

New features for RGB Spectrum's Zio® family of AV over IP products include the ability to display browser-based content along with live video using Zio WebView. Web pages, tickers, analytics – anything that can be displayed in a web browser can be dragged and dropped onto a window on the screen as easily as any encoded video stream. These unique features facilitate digital-signage and data analytic display applications.

Zio WebView sources function just like any other source with the same organizational features as video streams under the Zio control structure. WebView sources can be categorized into groups, tagged with keywords and selected for favorites. These powerful capabilities allow you to find the content you need fast.

Live video and content displayed in a web page are ubiquitous in market segments across the globe. From security operations centers to the corporate lobby – integrating real-time information along with live video is simply expected in today's world. Zio WebView embraces this paradigm by allowing any user to mix and match web based content along with any other source.

Corporate lobbies can take advantage of Zio WebView to display a stock ticker and Twitter feed alongside the company overview video. All this functionality is possible with a single Zio endpoint, precluding the need for a separate digital signage application.

Industrial applications also benefit from Zio WebView. By providing the ability to display real-time data analytics with live views of the shop floor, supervisors have the input they need to make informed decisions faster.

Zio's WebView capability means integrating any digital signage or content management system (CMS) is a breeze. Simply add the signage player URL as a WebView source and you can drag and drop that signage content to any or all displays in the Zio system.

In a crowded Networked AV landscape, Zio's power stands alone. The power to decode a live video stream and display multiple windows of browser-based content all on a single decoder provides an unsurpassed level of functionality and affordability.

May 25, 2017

Real-World Product Demos at InfoComm 2017

This year’s InfoComm will be like no other for RGB Spectrum! Stop by booth 1142 for unique environments that allow you to see and work with our products in real-life situations. On display will be our new Zio® family of AV/IP products, Galileo and MediaWall® V wall processors, and QuadView® UHD multiviewer. Five areas representing a Lobby, Huddle Room, Medical Facility, Entertainment Venue, and Control Room depict real-life situations where our award-winning products are used every day.

RGB Spectrum’s Zio networked AV products deliver seamless AV over IP, replacing traditional dedicated switchers to deliver real-time video and audio over any size network. This intuitive, scalable, network video distribution and control system features powerful admin tools and an easy-to-use GUI with drag-and-drop capabilities and live thumbnails.

The Galileo wall processor is an IP-enabled, PC-based video wall processor with remote desktop capabilities. Galileo’s powerful features include an advanced user GUI and unlimited number of windows for graphics/video, a scripting interface for system control, up to 56 inputs and 56 displays, inputs up to 4K UHD resolution, and HDCP.

RGB Spectrum’s MediaWall V display processor’s 4K Ultra HD capabilities enable the display of more data and visuals in greater detail than ever before. MediaWall V processors support 4K content and displays. Up to three walls and switching can be independently controlled from a single MediaWall V chassis, resulting in considerable cost-savings.

The QuadVidew UHD is a high performance quad screen splitter and presentation switcher/scaler designed for displaying up to four sources simultaneously on a single screen in a variety of layouts.

Contact your RGB Spectrum Regional Sales Manager to setup an appointment at the show or stop by booth 1142.

Jan 30, 2017

See RGB Spectrum’s Finest at ISE Europe Conference

At the 2017 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) conference, attendees will get a chance to see RGB Spectrum’s new Zio® Networked AV products along with video wall and multiviewer solutions. The show runs from February 7-9 at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, (Stand 3-A76).

Named “Best of Show” at its InfoComm 2016 debut, Zio encoders, decoders, and multiviewers provide simple scalability and ease of use through its unique peer-to-peer architecture. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches, with encoders that support standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources, and decoders that drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints can easily be added.

Zio AV over IP products complement RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall V and Galileo video wall processors and QuadView UHD presentation switcher/scaler. Systems located away from the processing equipment can be encoded, sent across the network and decoded for input. Outputs can also be encoded for remote display configurations providing the ability to duplicate or mimic any content including the entire video wall.

Make sure to stop by Stand 3-A76 for a demonstration and discussion about upcoming projects.

Jul 12, 2018

The Zio AV/IP Ecosystem Now Includes Mobile Apps

RGB Spectrum's AV/IP ecosystem has been expanded to include mobile devices. Previously announced capabilities include encoders, decoders, multiviewers, wall processors, operator stations and apps for smart displays. The new app for mobile devices expands the flexibility and reach of the Zio® ecosystem.

The Zio decoder app for mobile devices connects a remote workforce. Zio's Unified Management system automatically discovers remote users, who are treated the same as any user on the Zio network, allowing them to select and view available Zio streams. This functionality allows greater collaboration between facilities, ensuring that remote users are kept in the loop. In addition to allowing them to "pull" desired content, system operators can "push" content out to them as well using a simple drag and drop GUI. Remote users receive a standard mobile OS notification alerting them to new content availability.

The Zio AV over IP ecosystem accommodates other third-party hardware as well, in particular smart displays from Panasonic and Philips. The Zio apps for smart displays allows decoding of streams directly on the smart displays, without the expense or complexity of an external decoder. This benefits collaboration spaces, conference rooms, and lobbies, which can access any content from the Zio network, with the least intrusive amount of additional hardware.

The Zio solution defines what it means to provide a comprehensive AV over IP solution. System functionality includes the ability to display web content alongside video streams and to bridge LANs and WANs. The breadth of Zio offerings plus integration with third-party hardware adds up to a complete AV/IP video solution from a single vendor.

Find out more: rgb.com/zio-mobile

Mar 20, 2017

Zio AV-over-IP Endpoints Now Plenum Certified

RGB Spectrum’s new Zio® AV-over-IP technology offers video and audio distribution over an IP network, replacing traditional dedicated switchers. Zio endpoints provide HD and 4K video-over-IP encoding and decoding over conventional 1GB networks.

Now these innovative Zio endpoints offer simplified integration possibilities with their new plenum rating. Plenum spaces are the open spaces above the ceiling, behind walls or below the floor that are used for air circulation. To achieve plenum-rating, Zio endpoints meet stringent environmental and fire protection regulations.

With their plenum-rating, Zio endpoints can be easily installed in any plenum building space, this offers aesthetic and pragmatic benefits. Integrators can deploy Zio endpoints in facilities with discrete, clean architectural simplicity. To further streamline installation, Zio endpoints also offer Power over Ethernet (PoE+). In a typical installation, Zio endpoints are accessed via standard HDMI wall plates.

Zio’s advanced AV-over-IP architecture delivers many advantages over other technologies, including seamless switching, support for both dedicated and shared networks, and 2K and 4K encoding and decoding of video, audio, and control signals using industry standard H.264 and H.265 compression.

The new plenum-rated Zio AV-over-IP system is the ideal solution for networked AV in any size room, building, campus, multi-site facility, and even multiple locations worldwide.

Jan 22, 2018

Zio AV-over-IP Products Deliver Optimum Data Security with Sophisticated Encryption

Protecting sensitive information is essential for government, military, and commercial enterprises. RGB Spectrum's innovative Zio® AV-over-IP solution provides superior AV data security. The Zio architecture ensures that no unauthorized user can view the IP streams. Zio products utilize sophisticated encryption delivering full data security from origination to every interconnected Zio destination device during transmission.

The Zio Encryption Advantage

Zio architecture utilizes standards-based packetization for secure transmission on IP networks and compatibility with IP switches. It deploys the same conventional encryption technology adopted for government, financial, and other applications. Zio's devices encrypt the IP streams to ensure that if the stream is intercepted, it cannot be decoded or viewed.

How Zio's AV- over- IP Encryption Works

Zio's advanced AV-over-IP architecture offers two optional encryption methods to choose from: RGB Encryption and HDCP, which is prevalent with broadcast media. For both methods, encryption originates with Zio encoders. Video and audio signals are fed into the Zio encoder which then encrypts the video and audio separately for maximum security.

Zio's encryption ciphers encrypt and decrypt IP data in blocks using cryptographic keys. These symmetric ciphers use the same key for encrypting and decrypting, so both the Zio encoder and decoders must know, and use, the same "secret key". The encrypted IP data can only be decrypted with these "secret keys".

Zio's advanced encryption process deploys the latest Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Authenticated Key Exchange (AKE). AKE is a key exchange protocol which authenticates all of the devices involved and exchanges the session key amongst these devices. RGB Encryption executes a 256-key cipher, HDCP encryption executes a 128-key cipher. The RGB Encryption cipher protects classified information up to the highest "Top Secret" level. The HDCP cipher protects classified information up to the next lower "Secret" level.

Management of the entire encrypted AV-over-IP system is simple using Zio's intuitive GUI. This elegant, easy-to-use interface provides unified control of all elements in the entire Zio architecture, which can also include third-party devices, such as codecs and IP cameras. The Zio GUI controls and reports the encryption setting and status of each Zio encoder, decoder and multiviewer in the system.

RGB Spectrum's leading-edge Zio AV-over-IP system delivers sophisticated IP data security, so your organization can rest easy with the assurance that its sensitive data is protected every step of the way.

Apr 9, 2018

Zio AV/IP Solution Expands to Include Multiviewers and Video Walls

Many vendors of AV/IP solutions think in terms of a video stream being encoded on one end and decoded for display on the other. But if you need a lot of IP encoded video, the single monitor/single decode paradigm quickly becomes unwieldly. Leveraging over 30 years of video wall processor and multiviewer expertise, RGB Spectrum’s award-winning networked video system has been expanded to include multiviewers and wall processors for multi signal decoding and display.

What Is Zio AV/IP?

Zio® networked AV/IP deliver real-time video and audio over any size network. It is controlled through a simple user interface that offers drag-and-drop functionality for routing streams, allowing even non-technical people to easily operate the system without a 3rd party controller. Live thumbnails of each Zio encoded stream assist the user in routing video to displays. Automatic discovery of Zio encoders even makes it easy to add devices to the network.

The Zio AV over IP system offers a unique combination of benefits:

  • More than an in-room AV/IP solution, the Zio platform brings your far-flung operations together.
  • We are enterprise capable - at home on WANs as well as LANs.
  • We also support smart displays without separate hardware, simplifying installation and saving space and cost.
  • Unique among IP decoders, Zio endpoints offer the ability to display web-based content along with live video.

Now, our solution goes further, including multiviewers and video walls for multi-signal presentation.

IP-based Multiviewers

The Zio multiviewer line-up includes easy-to-deploy, handy-sized models and higher capacity, rackmounted units. Zio multiviewers allow simultaneous decodes multiple streams on displays or projectors at up to 4K resolution.

The new Zio D3000-series can display up to 32 SD streams, or eight HD streams on a single display delivering unmatched performance in a 2RU package. The D2000-series multiviewer is a handy-sized endpoint capable of displaying up to 16 SD streams or 4 HD streams simultaneously. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is supported which, when combined with the small size, allows the endpoint to be placed closer to the display or projector than a larger, rackmounted multiviewer.

Networked AV Wall Processor

RGB Spectrum's IP wall processors are the next generation of video wall controllers. Combining an elegantly simple user interface with advanced networked AV capabilities, the new Zio D3000-series wall processors include models to support from 4 to 16 displays. Designed to work with Zio encoders and other H.264/H.265 compliant devices, each model features a drag-and-drop user interface and robust administration tools. The new wall processors decode and display up to fifteen 2K resolution streams or four 4K resolution streams and provide instantaneous switching between video streams.

For more information, go to rgb.com/zio.

Jan 25, 2018

Zio IP Decoder App for Smart Displays

RGB Spectrum is excited to announce the new Zio Decoder App for Smart Displays. The Decoder App enhances the capabilities of smart displays by allowing you to decode an IP stream directly on the display, without external hardware and offers access to the Zio system’s advanced GUI and features.

The proliferation of network-based sources continues to explode. Security cameras, media players, and other devices encode signals for network distribution. Decoding those streams directly on smart displays simplifies system configuration by eliminating the need for a separate decoder connected to the display. Less hardware and cabling means faster installations and lower costs.

The worldwide debut of this unique integration of the Zio Decoder App and a smart display will be at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam, Feb 6-9 at the Panasonic booth (1-H20). Panasonic’s AF1 Series displays will be supported initially, with other manufacturers and models to follow.

What Is Zio AV/IP?

RGB Spectrum’s Zio AV over IP technology is controlled through a simple, intuitive user interface that offers drag-and-drop functionality for routing streams to the display, allowing even non-technical people to easily operate the system without the need for a 3rd party controller. Live thumbnails of each Zio encoded stream assist the user in routing streams to displays. Automatic discovery of Zio encoders makes it easy to add devices to the network.

The Zio AV over IP system offers a unique combination of benefits:

  • Unified Management & Control
  • Live thumbnails for instant confirmation of streams from Zio encoders
  • An array of hardware options, including encoders, decoders and multiviewers
  • An intuitive, user-friendly GUI

Zio AV/IP Hardware Options

Complementing the decoder app for Smart Displays, the complete Zio product line includes separate encoder and decoder units that support 2K or 4K video over IP over a full range of signal sources and display devices.

The Zio Multiviewer allows multiple streams to be decoded and viewed on a single display. The compact multiviewer allows up to four 1080p streams, or equivalents, to be arranged on a screen any size, anywhere.

An industry first, Zio decoders and multiviewers offer WebView, a unique option to present web content along with live video, particularly suited for digital signage applications.

Installing the Zio Decoder App—Try It Free

The Zio Decoder App will be easily accessed via the Panasonic App Server or from the RGB Spectrum website and installed via USB drive.

A demo version will be available free or a license may be purchased from RGB Spectrum. To find out more about Zio AV/IP hardware, go to: www.rgb.com/zio

Aug 30, 2017

Zio Networked AV Mobile Kits Hit the Road

Mobile demo kits are covering the world with RGB Spectrum’s new Zio® Networked AV product line. These streamlined road cases enable us to easily demonstrate why Zio endpoints are the best choice in the growing AV over IP marketplace.

The demo kits allow channel partners and select end users to quickly see the benefits of our simple, drag-and-drop interface, peer-to-peer architecture, superb image quality and more. New features include the ability to display browser-based content along with live video using Zio WebView. Web pages, tickers, analytics - anything that can be displayed in a web browser can be dragged and dropped onto a window on the screen as easily as any encoded video stream.

No need to travel to a trade show – we’ll come to you!

With Zio Networked AV products now shipping, installs are taking off at major companies across the globe. People are quickly realizing the benefits of Zio encoders and decoders, multiviewers and video wall processors. The Zio platform offers a peer-to-peer architecture with no server required. The user interface is designed with ease of use for basic users and powerful control for administrators. Unique features like seamless switching and group routing make Zio products stand alone in the AV over IP landscape.

Schedule a demonstration and see for yourself just how easy AV over IP can be! Contact your RGB Spectrum Regional Sales Manager today: www.rgb.com/contact.

Jan 30, 2017

Zio Networked AV Solution is Now Shipping

RGB Spectrum’s new Zio® networked AV solution is now shipping. Introduced at InfoComm 2016 the Zio product line won ‘Best of Show’ for its easy-to-use interface, near infinite scalability, and other must-have features. Ideal for corporate, academic and many other settings, Zio encoders and decoders convert audio, video and control data to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network. Zio’s AV over IP solution supports signals up to 4K UHD resolution on 1Gb or 10Gb LANs and WANs making it a top choice for any system no matter the size.

Designed from the ground up to move large amounts of data securely and efficiently over an IP network, Zio products offer a serverless peer-to-peer architecture. Zio’s encoders and decoders automatically adjust to the ever changing network topology. The result is a cost-effective solution whereby endpoints can be easily added to the network without adding additional servers.

Many features on the Zio platform are designed for ease of management. Device grouping allows users to route content to multiple destinations at once or update software with a single action. Administrators can rest easier knowing that Zio endpoints can be fully permissioned to restrict users as they see fit. Bandwidth management gives administrators the power to adjust stream requirements as necessary depending on their specific needs.

Zio products’ browser-based interface allows users to preview and drag-and-drop content from any PC or tablet – no app necessary. The ability to talk to third-party devices such as IP cameras, projectors, lights and displays via scripting permits interoperability- meaning Zio endpoints can control external devices or be controlled by them.

Jul 12, 2016

Zio Networked AV Solution Named Best of Show at InfoComm 2016

RGB Spectrum's new Zio® networked AV technology platform was recently launched to a record-breaking crowd at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas. Media outlets and attendees from around the world praised Zio's many features especially the easy-to-use interface. Zio was awarded Best of Show by Sound & Video Contractor.

What is Zio?

Zio is an innovative family of products based on technology that offers video, audio and control distribution over an IP network. For moving large amounts of data, an IP infrastructure excels. However, distributed video sources and destinations create unique challenges for time-sensitive and time-ordered video streams. Zio's transport technologies and unique peer-to-peer architecture address these problems, while delivering exceptional user control and performance management.

How does it work?

Zio endpoints attach to a 1Gig Ethernet switch, with encoders accepting computer and video sources at resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD, and decoders feeding displays. The Zio system offers seamless switching over the IP network infrastructure. Zio endpoints can operate over both dedicated and shared networks.

Why choose Zio?

Zio is highly scalable and ideal for systems of any size – across rooms, buildings, campuses or cities. As system requirements grow, additional endpoints are easily added. Zio's flexible compression settings make it well suited to a local building LAN or even low bandwidth satellite links to remote locations. Zio is cost-effective and reliable. Dedicated and expensive servers are not required, reducing cost and vulnerability to failure.

Zio is versatile. Endpoints can provide a gateway to traditional AV distribution systems with RGB Spectrum's Linx switchers, enabling a mixture of analog and digital baseband content with IP traffic. Zio can also be integrated with RGB Spectrum's MediaWall processors for multi-screen display applications.

Zio offers exceptional user control and performance management. Simplicity and ease of use are evident throughout – but don't let the simplicity fool you – the Zio control interface allows administrators access to very advanced tools. Zio excels in the most complex environments.

With many options available, Zio systems support a wide range of technical requirements and price points making Zio the smartest choice for networked AV. Zio is slated to ship in October 2016.

Experience the power of Zio.

Contact sales@rgb.com or call (510) 814-7000 for a demonstration of Zio.
For more information visit www.rgb.com/zio.

Mar 16, 2017

Zio Shines Bright at ISE Conference

More than 73,000 people from around the world converged in Amsterdam for the 2017 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in February. RGB Spectrum’s new Zio® Networked AV products, video wall processors and multiviewer products were on display.

Named “Best of Show” at its InfoComm 2016 debut, Zio encoders, decoders, and multiviewers provide simple scalability and ease of use through a unique peer-to-peer architecture. Zio networked AV is compatible with signal sources and displays up to 4K UHD resolution. It uses industry-standard 1G or 10G Ethernet switches. Encoders accept standard HDMI video and audio signals from media players, computers, and other sources; decoders drive displays. Video, audio, and control data are converted to IP packets that can be switched and routed to any location on the network.

Attendees were impressed by the integration of Zio products with RGB Spectrum’s award-winning MediaWall® V and Galileo video wall processors and QuadView® UHD multiviewer. Zio encoded IP streams can be decoded directly on the Galileo wall processor. Signals distant from the processing equipment can be encoded, sent across the network and decoded for input. Outputs from a wall processor can also be encoded for remote displays providing the ability to duplicate or mimic any content on the video wall including the entire video wall.

To find an upcoming event near you, visit www.rgb.com/events.

Aug 22, 2018

Zio: The Only AV/IP Ecosystem

Our Zio® family of AV/IP products provide robust AV distribution and management that encompasses third party hardware, including smart displays, mobile devices, IP cameras, and other IP enabled devices.

And Zio networked AV/IP delivers real-time video and audio over any size network. This allows you to leverage your existing 1 gigabit Ethernet network, saving you installation time and money.

Other AV over IP manufacturers offer encoders & decoders. We provide an ecosystem.

  • We support smart displays; simplifying installation and saving space & cost.
  • We are enterprise-capable, at home on WANs as well as LANs.
  • Our decoders offer web-based content along with live video.
  • A mobile decoder app expands the reach of the system over smart phones and tablets.
  • Our solution includes multiviewers & videowalls for multi-signal presentation.

In summary, the Zio platform provides a full set of components to configure an AV/IP solution, including encoders, decoders, multiviewers, video wall processors, and decoder apps for smart displays and mobile devices, as well as third-party device interoperability.

Find out more about our Networked AV ecosystem here.