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ABU DBS 2017 Discussed Digital Implementation, More

This year’s edition attracted some 1,148 participants from 56 countries, representing 379 organizations

KUALA LUMPUR — The 13th international ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium, held March 6–9 at the Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur, attracted some 1,148 participants from 56 countries, representing 379 organisations, say organizers.

The opening Session of the DBS Conference. Pictured from left to right are Bernie O’Neill, WorldDAB;Jayant Shah, Dolby; Adrian Abdul Ghani, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission; Javad Mottaghi, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union; Joan Warner, Commercial Radio Australia; Johan Vanmarcke, MediaGeniX; Charles Sevior, Dell EMC; Alan Seah, Rohde & Schwarz; and J K Lim, Aspera.

The 2017 Symposium was opened by the Malaysian Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia, YB Dato’ Jailani Johari in the presence of the Deputy Director-General of RTM, Magli Alias. With conference, industry exhibition and focused workshops, the event provided an opportunity for the broadcast and media industry stakeholders to network, share and experience wide-ranging technologies, solutions and ideas.

This year’s theme was “Digitise, Digitalise and Dominate,” and according to organizers, offered a “holistic approach toward implementing digital technologies throughout the broadcast infrastructure.” Through its 12 conference sessions, 14 focused workshops and technical exhibition, the event showcased and discussed the benefits of going digital and the steps necessary for implementing these solutions.

Pictured left to right during the Ministerial Session of the Conference are Dato’ Jailani Johari, Malaysian deputy minister of Communications and Multimedia; Javad Mottaghi, ABU secretary-general; and Magli Alias, deputy director-general of Radio Television Malaysia.

“The three-day conference provided a platform for industry experts and media enthusiasts to share and discuss topics on advanced digital technologies, digital solutions, business challenges, and effective and innovative solutions that are changing the broadcast industry,” said Ahmed Nadeem, head of Production Technologies, ABU.

“Our conference sessions comprised wide-ranging topics relevant to the current media space including; ‘Enhancements in Workflow and Media Management’; ‘From HD to UHD’; ‘Innovating the Audio Experience’; ‘Immersive Media’; ‘Future of TV Experience’; ‘IP Ready Broadcast Chain’; ‘Cloud Technologies’; ‘Online Media and Cyber Security’; and ‘The Changing Media Business’.”

Workshops held during the event presented solutions on content and technology for radio and television broadcasters, providing an opportunity for manufacturers and technology solution providers to present/showcase and demonstrate their products and sharing experiences and results.

MC Patel, CEO, Emotion Systems, U.K. (left); Michel Beke, VP Product Strategy, MediaGeniX, Belgium; and Charles Sevior, CTO Scale Out Storage, Dell EMC of Australia, exchange ideas during the conference session on “Enhancements in Workflow and Media Management.”

Topics related to content development ideas, technology introduction, application and implementation, media delivery and archiving and media management were among those discussed and presented. The gathering also presented “Next Generation Audio and Video Technologies” through live demonstrations and techniques, which organizers point out attracted a full house throughout the show.

The exhibition played host to 47 companies and organizations, made up of equipment manufacturers, system integrators, transmission network integrators, frequency planners, internet and broadcast service providers, digital system proponents, regulatory agencies and other media players.

More than 55 global sponsors supported this year’s symposium, with the principal sponsor being WorldDAB for the 4th consecutive year. Six other major sponsors included MCMC, Rohde & Schwarz, Dell EMC, MediaGeniX, Aspera and Dolby. Radio Television Malaysia also supported the event..

The 2018 ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium is scheduled to take place March 5–8 in Kuala Lumpur.