Industry Leaders Join to Launch Milan Network Protocol
Major manufacturers and leaders in professional audio video (Pro AV), working together under the umbrella of Avnu Alliance have announced Milan, the first fully realised, standards-based protocol built for deterministic, interoperable, future-proof media networking in the Pro AV market.
Milan is a user-driven protocol for professional media, providing the guarantee that all Milan devices will work together to offer a greater level of convenience, reliability and functionality.
Created by leading manufacturers — including AudioScience, Avid, Biamp, audiotechnik, L-Acoustics, Luminex and Meyer Sound– Milan builds on the technical benefits of the IEEE Audio
Video Bridging (AVB) open standards. These include time synchronisation and guaranteed quality of service, as well as risk-free coexistence of control and media data on one network.
Milan builds on these features, further defining device requirements at both the network and the application layer for compatible media streams, formats, media-clocking, redundancy and
controller software. Milan certification will deliver fool-proof interoperability of deterministic networked Pro AV devices.
“After carefully considering what end users were trying to accomplish, and the challenges and risks associated with using other protocols, AVB was a natural choice for implementing a high-
quality media network,” L-Acoustics director of product management Jeff Rocha says.
“We also recognise that there has been no application-layer interoperability defined above the network foundation. This application-level interoperability is critical to delivering on the promise of AVB: simple, reliable network operation, guaranteed performance and sustainability.
“Milan leverages the benefits of AVB to deliver a user-driven solution for networked AV that guarantees interoperability among pro AV devices.”