We’ve seen voice over IP, AV over IP, and recently we saw VR over IP demonstrated for the first time at InfoComm 2019. The demonstration was put on by Atlona, which proved that its Omnistream AV encoders had the ability to support VR-specific 2160 x 1200 resolutions. This breakthrough will make it easier than ever for higher education facilities to deploy VR headsets.  

The demonstration was powered by Atlona’s OmniStream AV over IP family, which delivered the immersive VR experiences over a 1Gbps Ethernet network. isitors to the stand experienced the demo through VR headsets and controllers, offering viewers a window into how VR can be applied in real-world AV applications. 

According to Dr. Gregory Mirsky, Product Manager, Atlona, the demonstration was born from a customer request in the higher education market. While Atlona expects that market to capture the most initial interest, the company sees location-independent collaboration, training and simulation, and data visualization as potentially compelling VR over IP applications in corporate and scientific AV environments. 

Atlona says that its demonstration at InfoComm 2019 represents the first time VR over IP has been showcased to the commercial AV world.  

“Using our OmniStream AV encoders, decoders and USB over IP adapters, the demonstration proved how OmniStream can support VR-specific 2160 x 1200 resolutions, working at 233 million pixels per second and with a 90Hz refresh rate,” said Dr. Mirsky.  

“The takeaway for integrators and tech managers is that OmniStream’s core benefits around bandwidth efficiency and low-latency distribution apply to the very advanced requirements of managing VR environments over IP networks.” 

The complete Atlona VR over IP demonstration leveraged OmniStream AT-OMNI-111 single-channel encoders, AT-OMNI-121 single-channel decoders, and network-switchable USB over IP device adapters (AT-OMNI-311, AT-OMNI-324). 

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