Can a Hardware-Free AV Industry Exist? asks: Is hardware in AV a disappearing act? Which came first, the ever-changing AV integration business model or advances in technology?

Firstly, hardware-free AV is a misnomer, said Rob Balgley, CEO of Mersive. “It’s actually more accurate to think of it as nonproprietary hardware or commodity, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware like a Windows 7 PC or an Android platform. The benefits are more than just reductions in capital expenditure; there are also reductions in maintenance and support because the skill required to support these standardized platforms is far less specialized and subsequently less pricey.

AV designs can be simplified with standard computer platforms and software-based solutions because software offers greater flexibility resulting in less project complexity and faster deployments.


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