IP Showcase Returns to NAB Show for Third Year
Returning to the NAB Show for the third year, the IP Showcase will once again provide educational opportunities for learning about implementation of standards-based IP infrastructures for real-time professional media applications, demonstrations of the latest technical achievements and a clear view of advances on the horizon, and highlights of market deployments in facilities around the world.
The IP Showcase has become a must-see exhibit for anyone deploying IP technology for real-time broadcast. Once again, it is sponsored by major technical and standards organizations within the broadcast industry: Audio Engineering Society (AES), Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and Video Services Forum (VSF).
“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,” says 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 organizations 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 the 2019 NAB Show is the IP Showcase Future Zone, where visitors will be able to 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 successfully defined the transport layer of IP systems, and now JT-NM Tech Stack simplifies and streamlines their installation. Also, visitors will see demonstrations of a set of technologies 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). With Tech Stack Part 1, the Tech Stack Part 2 candidates constitute a suite of open specifications that simplify the construction, maintenance, and operational functionality of true multivendor SMPTE ST 2110 systems.
Also new to the IP Showcase is the JT-NM Tested program. Sponsored by the JT-NM and administered by the EBU and IRT — two top European technical bodies — the JT-NM Tested program offers prospective purchasers of IP-based equipment more and better-documented insight into how vendor equipment aligns with 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 both at the IP Showcase booth at NAB 2019 and online. This catalog will provide transparency, describing the test criteria, testing methodology, and the hardware and software versions of the products tested. Although JT-NM Tested is not a certification program, it will provide a snapshot in time on how vendor equipment aligns with key parts of SMPTE standards, providing prospective purchasers and users a reference as they begin equipment evaluation and qualification.
The IP Showcase Theater returns as the destination for education, a vital element as the industry progresses through the phases of IP adoption. Vendors, broadcasters, service providers, and integrators alike will highlight their solutions to the challenges related to the transition from SDI to IP. With a full slate of presentations on IP technology and installations to choose from, professionals ranging from broadcast/IT engineers and CEOs to TV producers can learn how to unlock the full potential of IP for real-time professional media.
The IP Showcase will also highlight representative installations, providing a one-stop exhibit for anyone interested in learning why so many broadcasters are turning to IP technology and how they are using it. IP installations to date have demonstrated clear benefits — the ability to scale easily, format flexibility, resource sharing — and, with that success, the number of installations continues to grow at a significant rate.
The IP Showcase will be located at Booth C12634 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. More information about the IP Showcase at the 2019 NAB Show is available at www.ipshowcase.org.
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More information about the sponsoring organizations is available at:
Audio Engineering Society (AES): http://www.aes.org
Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS): www.aimsalliance.org
Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA): www.amwa.tv
European Broadcasting Union (EBU): www.ebu.ch
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE): www.smpte.org
Video Services Forum (VSF): http://www.videoservicesforum.
More information about standards and open specifications is available at:
SMPTE ST 2110: www.smpte.org/st_2110
VSF Technical Recommendations: http://videoservicesforum.org/
Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM): http://jt-nm.org/
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