April 2015 Meeting: Digital Audio Networking with Dante

The next meeting of the AES Melbourne Section will be on Monday 20th April at 7:30pm
at The SAE Institute Lecture Theatre, 235 Normanby Rd South  Melbourne.

Aidan Williams, founder and Chief Technology Officer of Audinate will present on:

 Digital Audio Networking with Dante

Dante has become the most ubiquitous system for the interconnection of uncompressed multi-channel low-latency digital audio over a standard Ethernet network in professional environments.

Aidan will cover basic networking concepts, provide an introduction to Dante, and give attendees the opportunity for hands on experience with some Dante equipment.

Monday 20th April 2015 at 7:30pm
The SAE Institute – Lecture Theatre
235 Normanby Road
South Melbourne

Visitors and guests welcome.

Directions:  Entry to SAE is via the Students’ Entry, off the carpark. Please report to the Supervisor’s Desk at this entry, and you will be directed to the Lecture Theatre (upstairs at the back of the building).

About Aidan Williams:
Aidan Williams serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Audinate Pty Ltd, a venture backed technology company based in Sydney, Australia.  Audinate develops and supports Dante media networking and provides a complete portfolio of hardware & software products and services to the professional AV industry.

He participates in several standards bodies and industry alliances, including the AVnu Alliance and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).  In the IETF he has authored several IETF documents specifying the interaction between the IETF Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) and the synchronisation services used by AVB and AES67.

Before embarking on the R&D phase of his career, Aidan built extensive skills in computer networking and security, operating systems, and software development through several years of hands-on experience managing large networks, critical computer systems, and network security for a large university campus.  He holds a BSc in Computer Science, and a B.Eng (Hons I) in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

About Audinate and Dante:
The technology behind Dante originated in 2003 when Aidan, inspired by his personal interest in music and recording, pitched a next generation audio networking R&D project to National ICT Australia (NICTA).  The aim was to apply advanced networking techniques to the interconnection of AV systems, currently dominated by point-to-point cabling and analogue wiring.  As a result, Aidan built a small team to develop the core intellectual property behind Dante.  Early prototypes were produced and Aidan and the team gained interest from manufacturers including Dolby, encouraging the team to form a spin-out company in 2006 to commercialise the technology.  In late 2006 Audinate became NICTA’s very first spin-out company.

Since its foundation Audinate has signed up over 200 manufacturers to date, including well-known brands like Dolby, Bosch, Yamaha, Shure and Bose. Products incorporating Dante networking are used in a wide variety of applications, including public address, theatre, live sound, stadiums, sound reinforcement, conferencing, houses of worship, recording studios, broadcast, education, etc.