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Black Box and IDK Corporation Join SDVoE Alliance Founders Christie, NETGEAR, Semtech and ZeeVee as Steering Members

Heading toward its fourth year, pro AV’s fastest growing industry alliance boasts 50 members, over 200 products and more than 1100 certified SDVoE Design Partners

MONTREAL — July 21, 2020 — The SDVoE Alliance® today announced Black Box and IDK Corporation have joined founders Christie, NETGEAR, Semtech and ZeeVee as steering members. The six companies have seats on the board of directors along with Grandbeing, a contributing member, and Justin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance. Heading toward its fourth year, pro AV’s fastest growing industry alliance boasts 50 members, over 200 products and more than 1100 certified SDVoE Design Partners.

“We welcome Black Box and IDK to leadership positions in the SDVoE Alliance and look forward to the contributions they will make in their new roles as we continue to have a profound effect on the industry, driving the demise of dedicated matrix switchers and proprietary AV over IP,” said Justin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance.

“As one of the original members of the SDVoE Alliance, IDK Corporation has made a significant investment in product innovation, engineering, marketing and customer support for their SDVoE product line as a crucial part of their strategic roadmap,” added Kennington. “They have many high-profile projects already installed in places like Yale University’s Sterling Law Building and the European Chemicals Agency’s new facility in Helsinki. We eagerly anticipate what they will do next.”

“We are proud to elevate our status to Steering Member of the SDVoE Alliance,” said Ryohei Iwasaki, executive director, IDK Corporation. “We take our expanded responsibility to educate our customers and promote SDVoE solutions all over the world very seriously.”

Iwasaki and Kennington recently discussed IDK Corporation’s promotion to steering member of the SDVoE Alliance on camera. Watch the video at

“Black Box has been an enthusiastic member of the SDVoE Alliance since they joined us just over a year ago,” Kennington continued. “They’ve qualified members of their staff as SDVoE Design Partner trainers and have put on live in-person and virtual events for record-breaking audiences. We’re excited to collaborate on another show with them later this month.”

“SDVoE technology is by far the most promising AV technology in any AV category and Black Box is committed to leveraging our knowledge and know-how in IT infrastructure and AV to aid in the growth of the SDVoE Alliance,” said Jonathan McCune, director of product management, AV & infrastructure at Black Box. “SDVoE is the backbone of our next generation products for both AV/IT solutions and integrated AV/IoT solutions.”

McCune and Kennington recently discussed the promotion of Black Box to steering member of the SDVoE Alliance on camera. Watch the video at

The next SDVoE Design Partner Certification LIVE training presented by Black Box and NETGEAR is scheduled for July 28. To learn more visit

All AV distribution and processing applications that demand zero-latency, uncompromised video can benefit from SDVoE™ technology, which provides an end-to-end hardware and software platform for AV extension, switching, processing and control through advanced chipset technology, common control APIs and interoperability. SDVoE network architectures are based on off-the-shelf Ethernet switches thus offering substantial cost savings and greater system flexibility and scalability over traditional approaches such as point-to-point extension and circuit-based AV matrix switching.

About Black Box

Black Box delivers award-winning products and services that simplify signal management and distribution in IT and communication systems. We engineer and manufacture KVM and pro AV systems that connect users with PCs and servers, desktops and peripherals, ensuring smart, flexible access to critical IT assets, data and content. For government, education and commercial organizations of all sizes, we design and supply secure infrastructure solutions for control rooms, conference and collaboration facilities, and digital signage. With four decades of experience, as well as a global presence and an extensive team of technical experts, we provide the products, solutions, service and support that allow our clients to connect with their colleagues, their customers and the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box website at and follow us on Twitter @blackbox_ns.

About IDK Corporation

IDK Corporation is headquartered in Kanagawa, Japan with sales, fulfillment and service operations in the USA, Europe and Asia. As a customer-focused, Pro-AV equipment manufacturer, IDK designs, develops, manufactures, and rigorously tests our state-of-the-art Pro AV products at IDK’s own facilities in Japan. Our product portfolio includes: multi switchers, video converters, matrix switchers, and AV over IP systems. IDK’s Pro-AV solutions are in use around the globe, for corporate, educational, entertainment, healthcare, retail and surveillance systems. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @IDK_America_Inc.

About the SDVoE Alliance

SDVoE is an initialism for “Software Defined Video over Ethernet”. The SDVoE Alliance is a nonprofit consortium of technology providers collaborating to standardize the adoption of Ethernet to transport AV signals in professional AV environments, and to create an ecosystem around SDVoE technology allowing software to define AV applications. The alliance participates in tradeshows and conferences, publishes white papers and case studies and promotes SDVoE technology, and solutions based on the technology, to system integrators, designers and consultants. Training and installer certification are also part of the mandate. The SDVoE Alliance founding members are Aquantia, Christie Digital, NETGEAR, Semtech, Sony and ZeeVee. All interested parties are invited to join the alliance and work toward its goals. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @SDVoE.


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