AIMS Backs LiveIP Proof of Concept

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is supporting the work of LiveIP, a multi-vendor system integration designed to showcase IP-based live TV broadcast production.
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Bothell, WA (March 15, 2016)—The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is supporting the work of LiveIP, a multi-vendor system integration designed to showcase IP-based live TV broadcast production.

Formed in August last year, LiveIP is a collaborative project between the EBU (European Broadcast Union) and Flemish Belgian public broadcaster VRT, within which AIMS member companies, EVS, Grass Valley, Lawo, Nevion and Tektronix, are industry technology partners. On January 15, 2016, VRT successfully accomplished a trial remote production of a live musical concert over IP—reportedly the world’s first remote, live multi-cam TV production over IP, using entirely open standards (SMPT2022-6, AES67, PTP and OPENFLOW), across the whole production chain.

For the trial, an outside broadcast unit at the Bozar concert hall was connected to the VRT production studio three miles (5 km) away via IP, using a single dark fiber cable. Signals from four IP cameras, 10 microphones via an IP stagebox, intercom, cam control, tally, internet and more, were transmitted via the 10 kilometre cable at 25Gbit/s. The trial proved the capability to remotely produce live broadcast events via IP, without the use of an OB vehicle.

Commenting on the success of the trial for VRT, Karel De Bondt, project manager for LiveIP, stated that, “All signals were transmitted via the single cable without noticeable delay, such that technically, there was little difference between an OB truck and a remote production room.”

According to AIMS Chairman Michael Cronk, “The LiveIP Project is a major proof of concept of just how far the industry has already moved towards a possible future based on open standards. Not only is it another proof point that a multi-camera live production can be achieved with SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67 technology, it showcases the wide availability of SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67 technology as ten different vendors contributed equipment to this production. AIMS is proud to stand with the LiveIP Project as it showcases standards-based interoperability over IP.”

The Alliance of IP Media Solutions (AIMS)
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