HydraConnect is no stranger to these pages. The company’s HDMI and audio matrix processors, designed for Control4 systems, aim to simplify Control4 installations. To that end, HydraConnect has added support for Control4’s Simple Device Discovery Protocol, or SDDP for short. SDDP provides the capability to automatically identify and load the Control4 driver for an HSS HDMI and audio matrix processor.
HydraConnect’s implementation of SDDP was developed in anticipation of the next Control4 OS release (version 2.3). Control4 systems will now be able to automatically discover and add HSS devices to their installations in Control4’s system design software without requiring the typical driver search. The HSS IP address will also be automatically discovered and configured, eliminating this and other error prone steps. SDDP allows the HSS to automatically announce itself to the Control4 system.
SDDP support comes in the form of new software components that have been added to all new HSS matrix processors. This technology upgrade is also installed automatically on all fielded HSS-2 systems in use worldwide during Q4 using HydraConnect’s cloud based update system, without customer or dealer intervention. The SDDP technology in HSS products insures that this new Control4 feature will be fully operational when Control4 OS 2.3 is released.
This should be another addition to the HSS line that cements HydraConnect as a solid contributor to the Control4 ecosystem. Control4 OS 2.3 is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.