LYNX Technik Joins AIMS Alliance for IP Media Solutions

January 16, 2018 – Weiterstadt, Germany — LYNX Technik AG®, provider of software-defined modular interfaces for broadcast as well as professional AV and industrial signal processing applications, announced that is has joined the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS).

LYNX Technik’s solutions are installed at facilities worldwide supporting applications ranging from broadcast production, playout and distribution, global sporting events, houses of worship, government, as well as medical installation and theatrical events.

With the ever-changing AV environments that media companies are operating within, LYNX Technik is committed to collaborating with AIMS and its partners toward reaching IP interoperability as well as the adoption of common standards for greater operational flexibility.

“At LYNX Technik, we strongly believe in enhancing our customers’ workflow with the help of innovative products and solutions,” said Sebastian Schaffrath, CTIO of LYNX Technik AG. “By joining the Alliance for IP Media Solutions, we are not only committing to standard IT-based technology, but extending our product functions to support our customers on their road towards IP-based media infrastructure.”

AIMS works with industry standards organizations, including the Video Services Forum (VSF), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), to facilitate the industry’s transition from SDI to IP through industry standards and interoperable solutions that enable the rapid evolution to open, agile and versatile production environments.

LYNX Technik’s greenMachine® software-based processing platform provides a variety of hardware devices with functionality that is unlocked with APPs purchased from the greenStore®, allowing users to customize the system to their required application. greenGUI™ software, also a part of the greenMachine® platform, revolutionizes the way signal processing systems are visualized, configured and controlled.

AIMS and MNA Announce Merger

BOTHELL, Wash. — Dec. 14, 2017 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced that it is merging with the Media Networking Alliance (MNA) to form a single trade association for promoting IP in the media and entertainment industry. The merger comes after a two-year history of collaboration, and it will enable the organizations to have an even greater impact on the industries they serve. The new joint organization will retain the AIMS name and will be governed by the existing AIMS bylaws.

Like AIMS, MNA exists to promote a standards-based approach to IP interoperability. MNA is focused on AES67, and its membership consists of companies doing business in the broadcast, professional audio, pro AV, and installation markets. In the past two years, AIMS and MNA have enjoyed a strong relationship, formally executing a liaison agreement and cooperating to promote AES67 technology, which is common to both organizations’ roadmaps. Since the 2017 NAB Show, both organizations have also lent financial support to the IP Showcase, their largest and arguably most impactful undertaking to date.

The merger between the two organizations will create support for common standards that benefit multiple market segments at once. For example, products designed for the broadcast segment are in many ways similar to those for professional audio, but often the standards for those markets segments are developed without much coordination. This merger allows AIMS and MNA members to work on adopting common methodologies for transport, registration and discovery, connection management, and other areas of interoperability even as they focus on the unique requirements of their respective market segments.

By creating standards that address a larger array of applications and market segments, AIMS members that are vendors will have fewer variants of the standards to support and will be able to cross-sell to other market segments more easily while making more efficient use of their R&D budgets. Meanwhile, AIMS members that are users will benefit from a wider selection of vendors whose products comply with standards on the AIMS roadmap. Finally, AIMS members that are also members of MNA will pay only one membership fee instead of two.

Full members of both organizations voted to approve the merger on Dec. 13.

“The merging of the Media Networking Alliance and AIMS is great news for our industry. The MNA was formed by people and companies who wanted to support interoperability between various IP-based audio networks via the use of AES67. Likewise, AIMS members support standards-based IP audio and video interoperability,” said Rich Zwiebel, chairman of Media Networking Alliance. “Now, with the merging of the two organizations, we have a larger voice and a single place for technical and marketing discussions amongst a larger group of industry leaders. As AIMS, we will be able to provide a much more compelling message to the industry, assuring true industry-wide audio/video IP interoperability across the broadcast, installed systems, and live sound markets. We are excited to be a part of this major step forward in standards-based IP interoperability.”

“As AIMS approaches its two-year anniversary, we have an exciting opportunity to increase our influence and strengthen our ability to foster the adoption of a common set of protocols for interoperability over IP,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “After careful deliberation, both the AIMS and MNA boards reached the conclusion that merging our organizations was the natural thing to do, and our members agreed. By combining membership, the bigger, stronger AIMS can reach a greater section of the media and entertainment market. We’re excited about the potential of this merger to fulfill our mission more quickly.”

 

AIMS and NABA Announce Formal Agreement to Collaborate on IP Interoperability

BOTHELL, Wash. — Dec. 5, 2017 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced that it has entered into a formal liaison agreement with the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA). The agreement is a statement that these two key industry organizations have common objectives and perspectives about the technology roadmap for IP.

The agreement comes on the heels of the successful Media Over IP (MoIP) workshop held in New York in October, which was a collaborative effort hosted by AIMS, NABA, SMPTE, and VSF. The agreement allows AIMS and NABA to work together and share insight about how best to proceed with IP technology in a practical way that will work for both the manufacturers that create the products and the broadcasters that purchase and use them.

“NABA has been working on MoIP for a couple of years, defining our needs and trying to understand what the transition means to us. We shared our task-force report with AIMS over a year ago and have been talking ever since. This partnership was just the logical next step,” said Michael McEwen, general director of NABA. “It’s important to have discussions so that AIMS members know what NABA constituents need, and now that we’ve formalized a partnership, those discussions will be easier to have. NABA will also encourage broadcasters to participate in the IP interoperability demos put on by AIMS, SMPTE, and others to learn about and understand the technology. We look forward to an exciting, symbiotic relationship.”

“AIMS’ mission is to foster the adoption of a common set of protocols for interoperability over IP in the media and entertainment industry. Collaboration is key to this mission, and although AIMS is 75 members strong, it can’t foster adoption on its own. There’s far more leverage when we collaborate with other organizations who share a common goal,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “NABA represents so many broadcasters in North America, and adoption of anything in our industry involves economic decisions by these broadcasters. Moreover, NABA has gone on the record with its MoIP report that recommends the same open standards and specifications as AIMS. We welcome this partnership as a way to accelerate a viable solution for IP interoperability.”

AIMS Marks Second Anniversary With Major Milestones and Returning Board Members

BOTHELL, Wash. — Nov. 28, 2017 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced that, after nearly two years in existence, it has not only galvanized the industry around a standards-based approach to IP but also has demonstrated significant cross-vendor interoperability, proving that the standards it recommends are usable and supported by a large portion of the vendor community. Also, in time for the organization’s second anniversary, the entire AIMS board of directors has been re-elected to another term. The existing board members, all of whom served in 2016, will continue leading the AIMS effort to foster adoption of one set of common, ubiquitous, standards-based protocols for interoperability over IP in the media and entertainment industry.

AIMS formally began in December 2015 to foster the adoption of a common set of IP protocols that would afford the industry a more flexible, scalable, and agile future. Since then, AIMS has grown to over 70 members, representing the lion’s share of the industry in terms of workflow and operations impacted by IP — all of whom agree that the AIMS roadmap is the best way to achieve a common IP workflow. That roadmap, which incorporates the work of standards and specifications bodies such as AES, AMWA, SMPTE, and VSF, has found wide acceptance throughout the industry.

AIMS members have worked to foster the adoption of standards and specifications put forth by those other organizations and, in the process, have reached several milestones themselves — collectively deploying over 100 SMPTE ST 2022-6-based IP systems worldwide, and recently at IBC2017 achieving interoperability between 52 vendors using the recently approved SMPTE ST 2110 standard. Through these efforts, AIMS members have shown that standards-based IP for live production, playout, and contribution applications is practical and viable, delivering benefits including scalability, flexibility, and improved resource sharing.

Going forward, besides continuing to establish and promote SMPTE ST 2110 interoperability, AIMS is looking towards continued collaboration with its industry partners including AMWA to forge a common, interoperable path to higher-level functionality beyond SMPTE ST 2110 transport, including automated registration and discovery, connection management, and dematerialized facilities.

Regarding board elections, the 2017-2018 board members are:
– Chair — Michael Cronk, Vice President of Core Technology, Grass Valley
– Deputy Chair — Steve Reynolds, Chief Technology Officer, Imagine Communications
– Chief Financial Officer — Andreas Hilmer, Marketing and Communications Director, Lawo
– Board Member — Andy Warman, Director of Playout Solutions, Harmonic
– Board Member — Scott Barella, Chief Technology Officer, Utah Scientific

AIMS Quote:

“In a little less than two years, we have moved from an uncertain future for IP to widespread vendor adoption and a massive response from the industry. There’s no way we could have accomplished this enormous undertaking without people who are absolutely dedicated to it — including our own members and those in the standards organizations with whom we work so closely. I’m honored not only to have earned AIMS members’ confidence but to continue working alongside my fellow board members, who have led the AIMS organization through two years of incredible progress toward a common, standards-based IP workflow. There is still much to do, though, including orchestrating successful deployments based on the recently approved SMPTE ST 2110 standards, providing education to the industry, and fostering the adoption of open standards and specifications for IP interoperability beyond just the transport layer. We look forward to the challenge.”

Mike Cronk, AIMS Board Chair

AIMS Welcomes Adder Technology and Cologne Broadcasting Center as Associate Members

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced two new associate members: Adder Technology and Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC). By joining AIMS, the companies are supporting a standards-based approach to IP interoperability.

Adder designs and manufactures an advanced range of KVM switches, extenders, and IP solutions that enable the reliable control of local, remote, and global IT systems. Adder’s products cover a variety of applications, with its KVM-via-IP product range showing particular growth. Adder’s KVM-via-IP solutions enable the secure global access and control of IT systems. 

CBC is home to all companies and networks of German media enterprise Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. Since its establishment in 1994, CBC has become one of the leading broadcasting and television production companies in Germany. Numerous renowned TV stations and producers rely on the company’s know-how and state-of-the-art technology and value its wide array of individualized services — from ingest to studio production, postproduction to playout, SNG to teleport, and digital archives to consulting. As one of the world’s leading media and broadcasting centers, CBC is on the forefront of deploying IP technology for video transport. 

AIMS Members to Participate in the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference Showcasing SMPTE ST 2110 Interoperability

The migration from SDI to IP is growing in importance as the media and entertainment industry continues to deliver on the demand for video experiences on more diverse platforms, from live linear, OTT, and VOD to time-shift and catch-up TV. Contribution, production, and playout workflows require pristine quality, low-latency performance, and the added flexibility that commercial off-the-shelf networking and IT infrastructure have to offer.

At the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2017) taking place in Hollywood, California, Oct. 23-26, 21 AIMS members will participate in a SMPTE ST 2110 interoperability demonstration showing how to enable the move to all-IP workflows. The IP Showcase will be located in the Centennial Exhibit Hall beginning Tuesday, Oct. 23. Many of the media and entertainment industry’s leading vendors will show attendees that carrying video, audio, and data over IP networks is not only possible, but practical and realizable thanks to the SMPTE ST 2110 standard.

AIMS members are among approximately 30 vendors that have built solutions for the new SMPTE ST 2110 standard on display at the conference. This event will feature a demonstration booth and a presentation area that explains the standard and what it takes to deploy all-IP solutions.

AIMS is sponsoring the IP Showcase at SMPTE 2017 on behalf of the eight IP Showcase partners: AES, AIMS, AMWA, EBU, IABM, Media Networking Alliance, SMPTE, and VSF. The IP Showcase Theater — where IP Showcase partners will give educational presentations on IP installations or IP technology based on and in support of the AIMS roadmap — will be underwritten by the IABM in cooperation with SMPTE.

AIMS Quote:

“The approval of SMPTE ST 2110-10/20/30 last month, coupled with the speed in which the vendor community has been able to implement and demonstrate interoperability, is creating real momentum behind the move to all-IP workflows. At SMPTE 2017, attendees will see how far we have come since AIMS began its mission in late 2015 to foster the adoption of one set of common, ubiquitous, standards-based protocols for interoperability over IP in the media and entertainment industry. The number of vendors supporting SMPTE ST 2110 underscores the commitment to this standard as the go-forward replacement for SDI.”

Mike Cronk, AIMS Board Chair

AIMS at IBC2017

In a show of ongoing collaboration among its members and with other industry bodies, AIMS will participate in several activities at IBC2017 that will highlight progress in the march toward uniform IP interoperability.

IP Showcase Interop Demonstrations
Based on the success of IBC2016’s IP Interoperability Zone and a similar event at the 2017 NAB Show, AIMS will present the IP Showcase at IBC2017 in partnership with AES, AMWA, EBU, IABM, IBC, MNA, SMPTE, and VSF. The IP Showcase is a one-stop destination where everyone from broadcast/IT engineers and CEOs to TV producers can learn everything they need to know to unlock the full potential of using IP for real-time media. In addition to an area for illustrating general SMPTE ST 2110 interoperability as in the past, there will also be three new areas:

• A live production area showcasing a working live production system based on SMPTE ST 2110
• A playout area featuring a working playout and contribution system based on SMPTE ST 2110
• An AMWA Connection Management area to demonstrate progress toward a new connection-management specification, IS-05, which will be complementary to the IS-04 registration and discovery specification

The IP Showcase will feature the AIMS “IP in Action” wall, which displays information about reference sites that use IP technology on the AIMS roadmap. Each tile on the wall summarizes IP in action — a description of a real-world scenario in which IP technology is being used, the standards implemented, and the benefits derived.

IP Showcase Theater
During IBC2017, AIMS members will be well represented in the IP Showcase Theater, sponsored by the IABM, where they will give educational presentations on IP installations or IP technology based on and in support of the AIMS roadmap. More than 40 presentations will be offered in the IP Showcase Theater over the course of the show. Visitors will hear about the rapidly increasing number of real-world IP deployments from broadcasters who have already embraced IP signal flows. They will also learn about the business and creative benefits of IP and how they can apply those benefits to their own operations.

AIMS Member Interop Demonstrations in Member Stands
Several AIMS members will have AIMS-branded sections of their stands at IBC2017 where they will showcase cross-vendor interoperability using transport technologies on the AIMS roadmap. A broad range of SMPTE ST 2110 standards-compliant systems will be on display from AIMS members, who will collaborate with each other to highlight specific workflows that are possible in IP today — such as contribution, live production, playout, and distribution.

Company Overview:

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education, awareness, and promotion of industry standards for the transmission of video, audio, and ancillary information over an IP infrastructure, as well as products based on those standards. The group represents the interests of both broadcast and media companies and technology suppliers that share a commitment to facilitating the industry’s transition from SDI to IP through industry standards and interoperable solutions that enable the rapid evolution to open, agile, and versatile production environments.

— Michael Cronk, AIMS Board Chair:
“AIMS’ activities at IBC2017 will showcase the broad support and momentum that a standards-based approach to IP has in the market. AIMS plays a major role in the IP Showcase and we are excited to show the industry the fruits of our ongoing efforts to foster the adoption of a common set of industry standards and specifications for IP workflows, in cooperation with our partner organizations AES, AWMA, EBU, IABM, MNA, SMPTE and VSF.”>

AIMS Announces New Members CDV, ChyronHego, Dayang, and TAG V.S.

BOTHELL, Wash. — Aug. 2, 2017 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) continues to grow with the addition of four new associate members: China Digital Video Beijing Limited, ChyronHego, Dayang Technology Development Inc., and TAG Video Systems Ltd. (TAG V.S.)

Also known as CDV, China Digital Video Beijing Limited provides leading content production and operation-related technologies and services to China’s digital media industry. After more than 20 years of development and innovation, CDV is at the forefront of digital media technologies in China. Its widely used proprietary products include a graphic and text production system, nonlinear editing system, network production and broadcasting system, and virtual studio system. CDV is also known for various specialized digital media content production and operation solutions and technical services, such as a new media application; data media service; rebroadcast technology service; and construction, operation, and maintenance of the International Broadcast Center.

ChyronHego is a global leading provider of products, services, and solutions for the broadcast and sports industries. Specializing in live television, news, and sports production, ChyronHego offers some of the industry’s most widely deployed solutions — including Lyric®, the world’s most popular broadcast graphics creation and playout offering; the all-new CAMIO Universe newsroom workflow; and the TRACAB™ optical sports tracking system.

Dayang Technology Development Inc. is a world-leading manufacturer and developer of broadcast-quality digital solutions for standard-definition, high-definition and web-based products for content creation, ingest, archiving, transcoding, broadcast playout, and media asset management. Dayang products are used worldwide in broadcast television, network communications, government agencies, businesses, health care, education, and other industries and institutions in this new technology driven market.

TAG V.S. specializes in innovative, software-only IP monitoring and high-quality multiviewer solutions. It provides state-of-the-art IP monitoring and analysis tools combined with a high-quality multiviewer available on standard and mobile device displays.

AIMS Issues Guidelines on How to Transition Broadcast Facilities to IP

White Paper Titled ‘AIMS Guidelines to Preparing Broadcast Facilities for IP-Based Live TV Production’ Outlines Protocols and Considerations

BOTHELL, Wash. — June 6, 2017 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced it has released a white paper aimed at helping broadcasters transition to IP with minimal disruption. The paper, titled “AIMS Guidelines to Preparing Broadcast Facilities for IP-Based Live TV Production,” presents basic methods broadcasters can follow to make the shift from SDI to IP as trouble-free as possible, with confidence that products incorporating AIMS-endorsed protocols can be mixed and matched to fit their requirements. The white paper is available for download at aimsalliance.org.

“There is considerable ongoing technical change in our industry, which is why we’re issuing this AIMS white paper. The technical community needs guidance, and the white paper offers some important information,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS chairman of the board. “It provides a foundation for how to approach IP-based systems, drawing from the practical knowledge of the AIMS membership.”

The white paper highlights the many things broadcasters must take into account when designing IP-based production infrastructures and addresses factors related to a wide range of facilities, from the smallest studios to the most complex multilocation environments. The good news for producers, directors, engineers, and their staffs is that, even though implementing IP in a broadcast plant is a massive technical shift, the basic workflows long followed in live TV production remain unchanged. Careful consideration of points made in the document should help designers choose approaches that will serve any given facility’s immediate needs while smoothing the way for ongoing migration from SDI- to IP-based production.

“We recognize that many broadcasters are already in various stages of IP transformation using products mapped to the AIMS interoperability framework. With this white paper, we’re giving them and others a solid set of guidelines and considerations to act upon when building truly interoperable IP environments,” Cronk said. “This white paper was a long time in the making and took considerable effort to complete. I want to thank all who participated in its creation. That said, even though we’ve reached this milestone, our work isn’t done. We’ll be adding to and refining the white paper as we learn more, so I encourage anyone with an interest in this topic to get involved in the effort.”

Those who would like to participate in the AIMS Reference System Architecture & Guidelines subgroup, the group overseeing the white paper update process, can learn more by visiting http://aimsalliance.org/join.

Qvest Media, PHABRIX, and ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion Join AIMS

BOTHELL, Wash. May 24, 2017 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) has welcomed Qvest Media as a full member and two more associate members — PHABRIX Limited and ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion.

Qvest Media is leading systems architect in the broadcasting and media technology markets, specializing in the television, media, and telecommunications industries. With a powerful spectrum of services consisting of consulting and development, systems integration, and service and support, Qvest Media offers a wealth of expertise in the design, development, implementation, and operational support of media technology infrastructures. 

PHABRIX designs and manufactures test and measurement instruments for broadcast infrastructures, particularly focusing on the transition from composite video to SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, UHDTV 1/4K, UHDTV2/8K, and IP. PHABRIX won IABM’s highly acclaimed Peter Wayne Award in 2008 for the PHABRIX SxA, the world’s first handheld generator, analyzer, and monitor capable of handling SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI. Today the company’s product range includes the Qx, the first automatic SMPTE-compliance verification instrument for UHDTV1/4K and UHDTV2/8K and supporting SMPTE 2022-6 over 10 GbE for IP.

ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion, a division of German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, provides internal and external customers with technical innovations and state-of-the-art services for the production, archiving, and multimedia distribution of television content. Its portfolio includes studio production and postproduction, cross-company content management, and a full broadcasting service for more than 15 TV stations. The company also provides the entire technical infrastructure for ProSiebenSat.1 Group. With its service range, ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion is one of Germany’s most advanced production and media technology companies.

“Qvest Media, PHABRIX, and ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion play major roles in their respective practice areas and bring a lot of expertise to the table, so we’re especially grateful that those companies have chosen to become AIMS members,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS chairman of the board. “It’s because of our growing body of members that AIMS has been able to show so much progress since it began a little over a year ago.”