Uncovering the Why Behind HMTL5 in AV Control

As more AV manufacturers embrace the transition from proprietary programming languages and software development tools to open standards for control system solutions, there is a growing trend to adopt HTML5 for user interface design.

This move to HTML5 is not just another way to make the AV industry more appealing to outsiders or address the growing need for talent. Rather, there are very relevant and time sensitive impetuses that drive this significant shift.

Solutions with Adobe Flash Will No Longer be Supported

Effective December 31, 2020, Adobe will stop updating and distributing the Flash player and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to other formats like HTML5. In turn Google, Microsoft and Mozilla have announced that their browsers (Chrome, IE, and Firefox) will no longer support Flash at the end of 2020. As the Flash Player will not be maintained or updated with security fixes, the notion of using older browsers to extend the longevity of existing Flash applications will be a risky proposition. Adobe Flash Player has been a target and presented risks for security professionals for years with numerous critical vulnerabilities causing problems.

What is Flash?

HTML5: A Flash Alternative

HTML5 actually refers to three kinds of code:

  • HTML, which provides the structure
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which take care of presentation
  • JavaScript, which makes things happen

The Result

With regard to the AV industry and control system solutions, the ability to provide a single, consistent solution for user interface design that is supported by a dedicated touchpanel, web browser, and mobile device requires a universal solution that HTML5 provides. The graphics and web experience that HTML5 delivers can provide a slick frontend and a modern look that AV systems need to be valued by users.

Additionally, the mobile friendliness of the user interface offers a BYOC (Bring Your Own Control) solution that is growing in favor along with touchless control as avenues for addressing the needs of the post-pandemic workplace.

What’s Next?

Control Concepts

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Steve Greenblatt

entrepreneur, AV control solutions [Crestron, AMX, RTI, Extron, URC, Control4], business owner. Interests: sports, business, technology, podcasts, social media