Cobalt Digital, Net Insight and Utah Scientific latest companies to join AIMS

Three more technology companies at the front line of digital broadcast media have aligned themselves with the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), supporting the roadmap for transition to an IP open standards future.

Cobalt Digital, based in Champaign, Illinois in the USA, designs and manufactures 3G/HD/SD conversion, throwdown, and multiviewer technology for the broadcast television environment. Bob McAlpine, executive vice president sales and marketing at Cobalt Digital, stated, “The organisational goals of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) are consistent with Cobalt Digital’s IP development path and that of the broadcast industry. As a new member, we are among professionals where technical issues might be collectively shared, promoting a huge benefit in open standards, compatibility, and the standardisation of media over IP for our customers.”

Net Insight in Hägersten, Sweden, is a specialist in lossless video transport, from stadiums, studios and live events all over the world. The company’s Nimbra platform has evolved to become the leading media transport platform for live, high-quality video transportation. It is at the core of many of the world’s largest broadcasters’ and network service providers’ video transportation operations.

Speaking to the company’s decision to join the alliance, Martin Karlsson, CTO & vice president, product portfolio, said. “Today we are actively working with our customers on their transition from SDI to IP, and share the view of AIMS, that open and interoperable standards are crucial for this technology shift. We see great value in broad industry collaboration and are already members of VSF, SMPTE, MEF and ETSI. We believe that AIMS will be a key driver in the transition to IP, and we look forward to collaborating with the other members of the alliance.”

Salt Lake City based Utah Scientific is an industry leader in routing switchers and technology for TV stations worldwide. Development firsts included the first large scale digital router, multi-format routing, integrated A/D and D/A conversions on inputs and outputs, integrated fiber optic conversion, and 300-Mb switching capability on all its digital routers since 1992.

Tom Harmon, president and CEO, says, “I believe it’s very important that our industry moves toward a standardised approach to implementing the transition to IP in the broadcast market. That’s why it’s with great enthusiasm that Utah Scientific has embraced the AIMS initiative. Joining AIMS is really a commitment to our customers – to ensure they will have a seamless transition, with solutions that are interoperable as they move into the future of IP operations.”

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