IP Transition “Expands Beyond Early Adopters” Say SMPTE

Sponsors AES, AIMS, AMWA, EBU, SMPTE, and VSF show demos of IP-implementation in a new IP Showcase Future Zone. SMPTE says there’s an expansion beyond the early adopters as the industry as a whole begins to make the IP transition.

"Faced with the inevitability of a transition to IP-based operations in broadcast, the industry almost unanimously chose a standards-based approach, uniting behind SMPTE ST 2110/ST 2059, AES67, and AMWA IS-04/05," said Brad Gilmer, executive director of the IP Showcase. "Now, three years later, we are seeing expansion beyond the early adopters, and as the industry as a whole begins to make the IP transition, the organisations involved in the IP Showcase are laying the groundwork to make installation, maintenance, and security straightforward and much simpler. We're raising the bar for what people should expect when implementing IP-based operations."

New for 2019 is the IP Showcase Future Zone, where visitors can see demonstrations of Part 1 of the new Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) Tech Stack (JT-NM TR-1001-1). SMPTE ST 2110 has defined the transport layer of IP systems, and now JT-NM Tech Stack simplifies and streamlines installations of IP systems. Also in the Future Zone, visitors will see demos of a set of technologies that are being considered for inclusion in the JT-NM Tech Stack Part 2 to address event and tally (AMWA IS-07), audio channel mapping (AMWA IS-08), as well as grouping (AMWA BCP-002) and API security: communications (AMWA BCP-003). Together with Tech Stack Part 1, the Tech Stack Part 2 candidates comprise a suite of open specifications that simplify the construction, maintenance, and operational functionality of true multivendor SMPTE ST 2110 systems.

Also this year is the JT-NM Tested program. Sponsored by the JT-NM and administered by the EBU and IRT, the JT-NM Tested program offers prospective purchasers of IP-based equipment more and better documented insight into how vendor equipment aligns to the SMPTE ST 2110 and SMPTE ST 2059 standards. Vendors who submit equipment for evaluation will have the opportunity to list that equipment in a JT-NM Tested catalog, which will be publicly available at the IP Showcase booth at NAB and online. This catalog will provide transparency, describing the test criteria and testing methodology as well as the hardware and software versions of the products that were tested. While JT-NM Tested is not a certification program, it will provide a snapshot in time of how vendor equipment aligns to key parts of SMPTE standards, providing prospective purchasers and users with a reference as they begin their equipment evaluation and qualification process.

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