QSC, LLC, announces a ground-breaking technology demonstration that will run
existing 4th generation Q-SYS™ software on a high-performance standard Dell EMC
PowerEdge R730 server. This industry-first demonstration provides a glimpse into
the future of the market where larger installations use centralized data centre
processing. The demonstrations will take place at the Integrated Systems
Conference (ISE) Show, February 7-10, 2017 at stand 7-Q170.

The Q-SYS Platform is centred on audio, video and control (AVC) solutions that take
advantage of existing IT hardware, protocols and standards. The Q-SYS Platform
uses standard Intel™ processing, Linux™ operating system services and IEEE
networking protocols. The technology demonstrated at ISE is the next evolution of
this design paradigm, decoupling existing Q-SYS software from proprietary
hardware and creating an architecture where centralized AVC processing can live in
the data centre. Now processing intensive features such as AEC and feedback
suppression can become a shared resource for any meeting room across the
enterprise. This, combined with a portfolio of cost-effective meeting room I/O
peripherals, allows users to reliably distribute content and control using existing IT
network infrastructure.

Moving to standard mainstream server hardware reflects a typical enterprise IT
environment and provides several benefits, particularly for corporate environments
and global enterprises, including:

• Simplicity and Familiarity: follow established server deployment, maintenance
and management best practices

• Centralized Resourcing: easier room resource moves, adds and changes;
automate on-demand deployment of DSP-intensive features such as AEC

• Flexibility: more effectively support centralized, distributed or hybrid system
configurations; and enable current and future software and service deployment

• Reliability: redundant power supplies, networking, storage, and processing as
well as standard Dell BIOS level features including Dell Remote Access Controller

“The shift from dedicated hardware to centrally deployed software solutions for
video, audio, and control systems makes perfect sense,’ explains Saar Litman
senior analyst at Wainhouse Research. “Today’s AV managers work within the IT
department, and they expect solutions that behave like IT solutions in terms of
scalability, extensibility, manageability, and integration with existing IT tools. The
technology demonstration by QSC at ISE is directly in line with this migration from
hardware to software.’

Per recent product announcements, QSC will continue to innovate and expand the Q-
SYS Platform to provide standards-based in-room solutions that are highly flexible
and simple to deploy and manage; including PTZ-IP conference cameras, lower
channel count Core processors, I/O peripherals, bridges and streaming hardware.
The Q-SYS technology demonstration will be shown at scheduled times at the QSC
Systems stand 7-Q170 at the Integrated Systems Conference (ISE) in Amsterdam.
To sign up for a 15-minute presentation and for more information about QSC
Systems at ISE, please visit: www.qsc.com/ise2017