The 2024 Inavation Awards Technology Finalists have been revealed, with more than 90 finalists competing for 12 awards, and the team at Optimal Audio is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Audio (non-loudspeaker) category for its Zone & WebApp zonal audio controller. The winners are decided, as usual, by votes cast with the voting process going live on November 1 and closing on January 12.
Last year Optimal Audio was also shortlisted for the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ award, so the company is hoping that the Zone Controller with intuitive, customisable and powerful WebApp will go one stage further this year and pick up the illustrious award.
Zone is a series of simple yet powerful zonal audio controllers. With onboard DSP, highly flexible signal routing and HDMI connectivity, Zone provides everything required in a single compact. WebApp unlocks the technology and capability behind Optimal Audio’s Zone series, providing the foundation to deliver efficient, high-quality multi-zoned commercial sound systems. Compatible with any device, WebApp makes system set-up straightforward and once completed, the venue staff can then be presented with a simple user interface which allows them to easily operate the system.
In the latest release (1.2), WebApp provides a number of additions designed to make system configuration even more powerful, including the ability to add system settings or preferences to a timed routine, allowing end-users in busy settings to remain focused on their work, rather than making adjustments to their audio system. An example of this might be the introduction of a subwoofer setting in the evening to help increase the party mood.
System management is also made easier through the ability to upload and download system files, so they could easily be transported to another site as necessary. Finally, WebApp 1.2 introduces a system diagram generator with DRAW.IO compatibility, enabling system integrators to easily share an overview of the planned system.
Matt Rowe, Optimal Audio Engineering Manager comments:
“We were delighted to be nominated last year and as a brand in relative infancy, it does this fantastic team great credit to be nominated again alongside an array of established industry players. It’s also a strong indication that our mission to simplify commercial audio for the benefit of integrators and end-users is having a real impact on the market’s thinking, and both Zone and WebApp are at the heart of that. We hope all of our partners, brand enthusiasts and end users will vote for us in the coming months, and we look forward to the big night in Barcelona come January.”