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New IEEE Event to Take Pulse of Industry

IEEE BTS Pulse three-day virtual event will touch on issues like broadcaster disaster preparedness

IEEE BTS Pulse, IEEE Broadcast Technology Society
The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society is taking its 2020 symposium in a new direction with a new moniker.

Instead of hosting its traditional annual in-person IEEE Broadcast Symposium, the new BTS Pulse event will be a three-day virtual event held from Oct. 6–8 that will focus on the timely issue of broadcast disaster preparedness as well as 5G broadcasting and ATSC 3.0.

Radio is a very relevant instrument for disaster preparedness, said Samina Husain, BTS secretary and Pulse event co-chair, and so a session on the final day will explore the ins and out of broadcast disaster preparedness. The session will be chaired by Guy Bouchard, director of transmission systems at Télé-Québec, and will touch on lessons that have been learned during the current pandemic and explore how to design disaster-resilient infrastructure.

“Our priority is to ensure we have an established platform, enabling continuity to fulfill our integral role in industry of information sharing,” Husain said of the Pulse event. Since IEEE BTS was unable to host its annual Broadcast Symposium in-person due to the current pandemic environment, an event such as Pulse serves as an essential means of answering vital questions and discussing issues relevant to a global industry audience, she said.

The first session of the three-day event will be chaired by broadcast industry advisor Peter Siebert who will look at the role that 5G will play in the future of DTT broadcast. The second session, which will be chaired by ATSC President Madeleine Noland, will review the status of next-generation ATSC 3.0 rollout.

Similar to the IEEE Broadcast Symposium, this virtual event will provide attendees the opportunity to earn multiple continuing education credits or professional development hours.

“The sessions will include essential topics and innovation discussions as well as best practices and insights for both leaders and practitioners,” Husain said.

Registration details are available can be found on the BTS Pulse event website.

IEEE BTS Pulse Virtual Event Information

When: October 6–8

Time: 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. ET each day


Day 1 — 5G & Broadcasting: Session Chair Peter Siebert, broadcast industry advisor

Day 2 — ATSC 3.0 Implementation & Roll Out: Session Chair Madeleine Noland, ATSC president

Day 3 — Broadcast Disaster Preparedness: Session Chair Guy Bouchard, director of transmission systems at Tele-Quebec