IABM launches Endorsement Scheme for Industry Collaborative Groups Major initiative sets out industry-wide framework to deliver shared answers to common challenges

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Last Updated: April 17, 2016 7:58 pm GMT
(Las Vegas, Nevada--April 17, 2016) IABM, today launched an industry-wide endorsement scheme for Industry Collaborative Groups (ICGs) within broadcast and media technology. The ICG Endorsement Scheme is a major IABM initiative and is designed to encourage collaboration across a wide range of industry issues and opportunities, from education and best practice to standardization and interoperability. IABM’s vision is for a universally recognized framework where endorsed collaborative groups will be supported, promoted and encouraged to fulfil their potential and move forward in an open, constructive environment to the benefit of the wider industry.

“We have launched the ICG Endorsement Scheme in response to the many challenges our industry currently faces,” said Peter White, IABM CEO. “Whether it’s SDI to IP, HD to UHD, HDR or WCG, traditional or new age delivery, there is a plethora of issues around standardization, best practice and interoperability that need to be solved.

“Collaborative groups can be an excellent way of moving things forward quickly and efficiently. However, if they are not properly constituted, these groups can sometimes lead us down blind alleys or serve the commercial interests of just a few. Our ICG Endorsement Scheme has been carefully formulated to avoid these pitfalls, and we envision that endorsed collaborative groups will have the authority and momentum to solve problems and lead the industry forward by supporting and promoting industry standardization while avoiding proprietary dead-ends,” White concluded. To gain endorsement under the ICG Endorsement Scheme, applicants must meet a number of key criteria, all of which will ensure that endorsed organizations conduct their business in an open, sustainable and professional manner that is beneficial both to members of the groups and the wider industry. Group requirements for ICG endorsement are:
  • -Beneficial to the industry
  • -Entities engaged in the entertainment and media industry
  • -Open, standards-based approach where appropriate
  • -Non-discriminatory approach to membership
  • -Non-profit
  • -Free or reasonable membership dues
  • -Not to favor the commercial interests of an individual company
  • -Share relevant information with IABM
  • -Present their views in a professional, non-partisan manner

The ICG Endorsement Scheme gives collaborative groups the authority and momentum to create solutions that benefit the whole industry efficiently and quickly, while avoiding proprietary dead-ends. In addition, endorsed groups receive the following benefits from IABM:
  • -Promotion to supply and end-user sides of the industry
  • -IABM member engagement
  • -Hosting meetings
  • -Contribution of technology expertise and administrative guidance
  • -Expanded reach through IABM international offices
  • -Promotion of upcoming meetings to entire membership
  • -Demonstration space at exhibitions
  • -Opportunity to present papers at our technology events and/or conference
  • -Provide an independent technology chairperson as required
  • -Regular IABM-authored news updates
Applications for endorsement are invited from all industry collaborative groups. Details of how to apply can be found www.theiabm.org/ICG



About IABM:

IABM is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, training, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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