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IP Broadcast Industry Group Forms

Alliance for IP Media Solutions promotes interoperability, standards

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 will focus on promoting the adoption, standardization, development and refinement of open protocols for media over IP, with an emphasis on VSF TR-03 and TR-04, SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67.

AIMS says it will prioritize: Education and adoption of open standards; acceleration of the development of solutions that support these open standards; and creation of new standards by supporting standards bodies with participation and testing.

Several solutions are already on the market to help media companies begin the transition by introducing IP components to an SDI workflow, however, the transition will not happen overnight, the group noted. Therefore, an open standards approach allows implementation over time and transitions at different paces, it said.

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 support the development of a standard approach to IP. More than 30 broadcast equipment manufacturers are currently testing the VSF approach.

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, download the white paper “An Argument for Open IP Standards in the Media Industry.”