IBC Makes IP Interoperability a Reality with Dedicated Demonstration Zone

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Last Updated: August 18, 2016 5:27 pm GMT
(London--August 18, 2016) The transition to IP is one of the biggest challenges facing broadcasters and media companies today, with fears over limited inter-working and a lack of recognised standards the most common brake on progress. IBC is set to demonstrate practical and proven interoperability with an exciting new demonstration area launching at this year’s show.



The IBC IP Interoperability Zone is presented for the first time this year with the cooperation of AIMS and the IABM. The zone brings to life the work of the JT-NM (the Joint Task Force on Networked Media: a combined initiative of AMWA, EBU, SMPTE and VSF) and the AES on a common roadmap for IP interoperability. Central to the IBC Feature Area will be a live production studio, based on the technologies of the JT-NM roadmap that Belgian broadcaster VRT has been using daily on-air all this summer as part of the LiveIP Project: a collaboration between VRT, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and LiveIP’s twelve technology partners.

“Visitors will be able to see verified technical interoperability over IP from more than 30 companies and the same technology being used in a real production environment,” said Michael Cronk, VP of Core Technology at Grass Valley and Chairman of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). “It will be a showcase for the reality of the technology and a demonstration that the industry is converging on a common roadmap.”

Peter White, CEO of IABM, the body that represents vendors in the industry, added “For a number of years now the industry has needed a way forward to collaborate on IP interoperability. It was critical that the industry’s vendors came together to achieve this and at IBC we will see the fruits of the labours of the organisations behind the JT-NM and the Live IP project. We are pleased to be standing alongside AIMS to evidence the real practical progress the industry has achieved through collaboration”

The new initiative sees a 150 square metre area in Hall 8 given over to the zone. With dedicated demonstrations showcasing interoperability and the IP studio at its heart, the zone also provides space for visitors to discuss the benefits and challenges of IP workflows with a large number of diverse vendors, each aligning their efforts to achieve standardisation and seamless inter-working.

“Even just a few months ago, the whole field of IP and interoperability was an alphabet soup of seemingly unrelated organisations,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “The industry has worked hard to bring a critical mass into alignment and IBC was keen to facilitate engagement and focus around this important contribution to the future of our industry. By creating a dedicated zone at this year’s IBC, we are delighted to make a space to show what has been achieved and the standards around which everyone can group. I look forward to seeing what has been achieved at the IBC IP Interoperability Zone.”

The IP Interoperability Zone can be found in Hall 8 (Stand 8.D10). It is open throughout the IBC Exhibition, from Friday 9 September to Tuesday 13 September, and is free to all IBC visitors.

The VRT/EBU LiveIP production studio is a shortlisted finalist in the IBC2016 Innovation Awards. All visitors are invited to the Auditorium on Sunday 11 September at 18.30 to see if it wins!

For more information about the IBC IP Interoperability Zone, please visit IBC.org/IPzone

Registration for IBC2016 is now open at IBC.org/register



AES - The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. The AES is an international organisation that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) - AIMS is a not-for-profit trade alliance recently formed "to foster the adoption of common, ubiquitous protocols for interoperability over IP". AIMS focuses its activities on the implementation and promotion of standards, recommendations and open specifications thus complementing the work of the JT-NM organisations and the AES.

AMWA - The AMWA has traditionally focused on software applications in the professional video space and, as such, its work complements that of the VSF.

EBU - The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s leading alliance of public service media (PSM). Their members operate over 1,800 television and radio channels together with numerous online platforms. The EBU offers technical expertise, advocacy, guidance, tools and recommendations to its members.

IABM - IABM is the international trade association for suppliers of broadcast and media technology.

The Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) - The JT-NM and the Reference Architecture V1.0 (RA V1.0) is a joint effort of the VSF, the EBU, SMPTE and most recently, AMWA. Its goal is to develop a common, open approach to developing user requirements for video over IP in the professional domain.

The LiveIP Project - LiveIP is a collaboration between Belgian broadcaster, VRT, and the EBU as well as a group of innovative Broadcast Technology partners. The objective is to build and operate a Live TV production studio with state of the art IP-based and IT-centric hardware and software.

SMPTE - The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a professional membership association, is a leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound and metadata ecosystem worldwide.

The Video Services Forum (VSF) - The Video Services Forum (VSF) is an international association comprised of service providers, users and manufacturers dedicated to interoperability, quality metrics and education for video networking technologies. For many years, the VSF has been active in developing video over IP technical recommendations and conducting interoperability testing for its member companies. A number of these recommendations are being demonstrated in the IBC Interoperability Zone.


About IBC

IBC is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. Attracting 55,000+ attendees from more than 170 countries, IBC combines a highly respected and peer-reviewed conference with an exhibition that exhibits more than 1,600 leading suppliers of state of the art electronic media technology and provides unrivalled networking opportunities.

IBC2016 Dates:

Conference: 8 - 12 September 2016 Exhibition: 9 - 13 September 2016

For more information visit IBC.org

Find out more about the IBC Conference – IBC.org/conference

Find out more about the IBC Exhibition – IBC.org/discovermore

Find out more about IBC Content Everywhere – IBCCE.org

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