OCA Alliance Focuses on AES70 Ratification and Beckhoff Implementation


Exhibiting for the first time since ratification of Open Control Architecture (OCA) by the Audio Engineering Society as the AES70 standard, the OCA Alliance says it has experienced its busiest ever trade show at ISE.

The alliance’s booth was effectively a walk-on rolling OCA seminar, hosting a live demonstration of OCA (AES70) control interoperability and continuous advanced technical discussions between OCA Alliance member company representatives and the AV industry at large.

In addition, OCA Alliance Technical Workgroup members Mike Sims, of Attero Tech, and chair Jeff Berryman, of Bosch Communications, presented an alliance white paper, The OCA MicroDemo:  An AES70 Implementation for Small Processors, in the ISE Audio Solutions Theatre. This described in detail how the Open Control Architecture is not only designed to be scaled up to the very largest applications, but that the architecture can simultaneously be implemented in compact and resource-constrained hardware like wall panels.

Of major significance for the Alliance was the announcement that PC-based control technology specialist Beckhoff was launching its OCA (AES70) implementation at ISE. OCA indicated that integrators and manufacturers alike are now looking towards exploiting the increased interoperability and ease of integration within the media and entertainment sector that Beckhoff´s OCA (AES70) implementation offers; providing for interoperability with more than 400 types of signals. (pictured above: Market Manager Stage and Media Industry, Michel Matuschke presenting Bekchoff’s OCA implementation at ISE)

Commenting on the success of the OCA Alliance’s exhibiting at ISE for the first time, chair of the Marketing Workgroup, Marc Weber said, “We cannot overstate the importance of the alliance’s participation in an event like ISE. As a not for profit organization, dependent on industry professional’s giving of their time and expertise, it is a challenge to mount effective education and awareness campaigns at such a massive event but, as our engagement with manufacturers, integrators and users alike has proven, it is extremely worthwhile and produces tangible results in providing momentum for the uptake of OCA (AES70).”

 OCA Alliance