Trust and transparency are foundational elements for any healthy, long-term relationship. These are also primary drivers for the high adoption rate of open source software. Unfortunately, viable open source options are harder to come by in the audiovisual industry, which creates some unique challenges.
The closed, proprietary nature of most audiovisual control software limits the ability of Consultants and AV Designers to directly specify the quality of the control software. This lack of a common specification leads directly to the extremely custom nature of typical AV software, and in-turn, provides very few cost-effective options for IT Managers to have their systems serviced and upgraded.
To help offset these industry challenges, we have released our PepperDash Essentials framework as open source software. We believe this is an important first step toward enabling Consultants and AV Designers to specify a professional, peer-reviewed framework for the control software, and to provide IT Managers with more viable options for support of their systems.