• Q-SYS announces next evolution of its software-based platform

    QSC's Q-SYS (now with its own Internet domain) has announced several news related to the Q-SYS audio, video and control Platform, expanding features and capabilities at the software level.

    “Ever since its inception in 2009, the history of the Q-SYS Platform has been forged through software innovation, starting with the industry’s first standards-based realtime audio, video and control (AV&C) Platform, and has continued to deliver features and capabilities at the software level,” says Jatan Shah, President and Chief Operating Officer, Q-SYS. “As Q-SYS enters the next evolution of the Platform and greater Ecosystem, we are elevating the role of software when it comes to specifying, building, and experiencing AV&C solutions. These latest innovations will also aid in reducing the industry’s supply chain challenges and continue to transcend the traditional limitation of bespoke hardware with the power of a robust, software-based AV&C Platform.”

    Q-SYS vCore Virtualized Processor + Q-SYS Control Feature License for vCore
    Q-SYS vCore virtualized processor presents a subset of scalable Q-SYS functionalities in a fully software-based format via a PC/server hypervisor. When paired with the new Q-SYS Control feature license, vCore allows integrators and end users to enlist their own compute devices to add Q-SYS Control capabilities to provide enhanced control, automation, UX capabilities, remote monitoring and helpdesk features to systems. This is targeted at for less complicated systems that do not require dedicated Q-SYS audio or video functionality, or those features that are already fulfilled with standalone hardware, legacy audio-only DSP, as well as those that need to replace aging control systems.

    Using the same standards-based IT architecture as the rest of the Q-SYS processing portfolio, the vCore also utilizes the same Q-SYS Designer Software to build, design and deploy systems, allowing the ability to easily port Q-SYS control programming with reportedly minimal effort. This also empowers IT staff to standardize system control with access to Q-SYS Open, a toolkit of industry-standard protocols and open developer tools, says the company.

    Additionally, the Q-SYS vCore plus Q-SYS Control feature license creates a bridge for those less complex rooms, that typically have disparate pieces of hardware, to enable cloud-based remote monitoring and management capabilities with Q-SYS Reflect Enterprise Manager.

    Q-SYS Core 610 Processor
    Following the trajectory of the Q-SYS Core 5200 enterprise processor, the Q-SYS Core 610 processor combines Q-SYS OS with an enterprise-grade Dell commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server delivering a scalable audio, video, and control solution to serve mid-tier applications that require high density channel counts. As a fully networked solution, the Core 610 allows users to centralize processing for multiple spaces or zones while distributing network I/O closer to the endpoints, for a more streamlined system design. This makes it equally suited for collaboration applications, as well as larger hospitality, entertainment, or transportation venues.

    Integrators and end users can also take advantage of Q-SYS scaling and feature licenses, such as the new Q-SYS Core 610 Scaling license which scales most capacities by 50 percent, including general purpose processing power, network I/O channels, AEC processing channels and more.

    AV Bridging Feature License
    The Q-SYS AV Bridging feature license expands the functionality of the TSC Series Gen 3 network touchscreens, allowing the user to connect a PC via USB directly to the touchscreen controller to integrate Q-SYS audio and camera feeds for BYOD/BYOM conferencing connectivity. By leveraging the power of the Q-SYS OS, users can enable UC platform connectivity without the need for any additional hardware or specialty drivers.

    Like all Q-SYS feature licenses, the AV Bridging license can be deployed remotely using Q-SYS Reflect Enterprise Manager.
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