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Focus on interoperability at IBC 2016

Visitors will be able to see verified technical interoperability over IP from more than 30 companies

Launching at the broadcast show, which opens this week in Amsterdam, is a new demonstration area, the IBC IP Interoperability Zone with the cooperation of AIMS and the IABM. The zone brings to life the work of the JT-NM (the Joint Task Force on Networked Media: a combined initiative of AMWA, EBU, SMPTE and VSF) and the AES on a common roadmap for IP interoperability.

Central to the IBC Feature Area will be a live production studio, based on the technologies of the JT-NM roadmap that Belgian broadcaster VRT has been using daily on-air all this summer as part of the LiveIP Project: a collaboration between VRT, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and LiveIP’s twelve technology partners.

Michael Cronk, VP of Core Technology at Grass Valley and chairman of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (pictured) says: “Visitors will be able to see verified technical interoperability over IP from more than 30 companies and the same technology being used in a real production environment. It will be a showcase for the reality of the technology and a demonstration that the industry is converging on a common roadmap.”

The Media Networking Alliance (MNA) – the professional industry alliance established to promote awareness and uptake of the high-performance AES67 audio interoperability standard – will also be conducting live AES67 demonstrations at IBC in hall 8, booth C94.

MNA’s demo will be an expanded live AES67 demonstration highlighting AES67 interoperability between networked components operating with Livewire, RAVENNA, and Dante AoIP transports, previously only operable independently of one another.

Marty Sacks, founding member of MNA and VP of Sales, Support and Marketing at The Telos Alliance says: “AES67 adoption is spreading and we expect to see more manufacturers demonstrating interoperability via AES67 on their stands at IBC than ever before. This is an exciting time for the industry as this high-performance professional digital IP networking standard gains momentum in both broadcasting and pro sound.”

Meanwhile, Cadac, is an official IBC sponsor, providing all of the audio networking and control for the IBC Big Screen Experience at the convention.

The audio network comprises the company’ s flagship CDC eight-32 console, two of the latest CDC six medium size consoles, a compact CDC four:m console, a CDC MC Router and six CDC I/O stageboxes. The Big Screen Experience auditorium is being rigged with the CDC eight-32, a CDC six, along with the CDC MC Router, and two CDC I/O 3216 and two CDC I/O 6448 stageboxes; the CDC eight-32 handling the audio for presentations, film extracts and product reels, and the CDC six handling the on-stage microphones.

The Big Screen Experience features a series of free to attend, editorially led sessions and complimentary movie screenings; this year’ s programme main features being The Jungle Book and a further, yet to be announced, blockbuster.