BOTHELL, Wash.� A group of broadcast and media industry suppliers have formed the Alliance for IP Media Solutions to collaborate on solutions that offer interoperability, are based on open standards, and integrate seamlessly into media workflow environments.
The group�s efforts will be focused on promoting the adoption, standardization, development and refinement of open protocols for media over IP, with an initial emphasis on VSF TR-03 and TR-04, SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67.
AIMS will prioritize three strategies:
1)�������������Initiatives that facilitate the education and adoption of open standards
2)�������������Facilitation of activities that accelerate the development of solutions that support these open standards
3)�������������Nurturing the creation of new standards by supporting standards bodies with participation and testing in real-world environments
A number of solutions are already on the market to help media companies begin the transition by introducing IP components to an SDI workflow. The transition represents a significant investment and will not happen overnight. An open standards approach allows media companies to implement the technology over time and transition at the pace that makes sense for their businesses.
Open standards work for the IP transition is already underway by the 74-member Video Services Forum, with the support of organizations such as SMPTE and the EBU. AIMS endorses the work of the VSF and will continue to lend support in the development of a standard approach to IP. More than 30 broadcast equipment manufacturers are actively testing and validating the VSF�s approach today.
AIMS provides specific guidance in its bylaws to its members and to the media industry via the AIMS Roadmap. The organization endorses an IP transition plan that includes support for SMPTE 2022-6, AES67 and VSF recommendations TR-03 and TR-04.
The new trade association members include Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Lawo, Snell Advanced Media and Nevion. Membership in AIMS is available to all individuals and companies that support open standards and share a commitment to the group�s founding principles.
For more information, downloadthe Alliance for IP Media Solutions� new white paper �An Argument for Open IP Standards in the Media Industry.�