ABOUT THE OCA ALLIANCE
The OCA Alliance is a non-profit corporation formed to secure the standardization of the Open Control Architecture (OCA) as a media networking system control standard for professional applications.
The Alliance’s purposes are to promote the standardization and adoption of OCA through marketing, education and training, and to develop new OCA versions and related materials that increase the value and usability of OCA as an interoperability tool for the media systems industry.
In October of 2012, the Alliance announced its incorporation as a standard nonprofit trade association. At the same time, the OCA 1.1 Specification was posted on the Alliance website (www.oca-alliance.com) for free public download.
Two weeks later, the Alliance completed arrangements with the Audio Engineering Society for the rendering of OCA 1.1 into an AES standard. OCA is now a project of the AES Standards Committee, with the designation X210. Under X210, the standardization of OCA will proceed, with completion expected in 18 to 24 months.
At the same time, the Alliance will be supporting the AES X210 effort strongly, by encouraging industry participation in X210, and by supporting X210 meetings in various ways.
In parallel with X210's standardization of OCA 1.1, the Alliance will also be facilitating discussion of future OCA features. OCA is designed for graceful evolution, and will expand compatibly to embrace new kinds of media devices and systems.
The Alliance intends to have a structure that is lightweight, yet sufficient for orderly and businesslike operation. The Alliance currently employs an experienced Operations Manager, Ms. Tina Lipscomb, who manages its business affairs, publicity activities, web presence, and meetings.
As well, there are periodic face to face meetings with both technical and management sessions. These meetings are normally scheduled adjacent to major pro media systems tradeshows, including InfoComm, ISE, Plasa, ProLigh+Sound, and AES.
aFounding Member companies include Bosch Communications System, d&b audiotechnik GmbH, Duran Audio, LOUD Technologies, Inc., Media Technology Systems, PreSonus, Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup, TC Group, Yamaha Commercial Audio