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21/01/2016

Happy birthday Nevion – 20 years of innovation!

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Twenty years ago, in 1996, The Spice Girls sang their way to their first number one, Independence Day and The English Patient were box office hits, and world chess champion Garry Kasparov was beaten by a computer for the first time.  It was also around the time Nevion started its pioneering journey in media transport.

Of course, our company wasn’t called Nevion back then, but Network Electronics. We were pioneers of compact routers — so much so that in some circles, Nevion’s Sublime routers are still known affectionately as “Network routers” in reference to the company’s name at the time.

Over the last two decades, Nevion has evolved and merged with a number of companies, including seminal technology pioneers VPG and T-VIPS.  Along the way, we’ve shaped and architected the field of media transport, challenging the conventional and coming up with new, more efficient ways of doing things. Product names like Flashlink, VikinX and Ventura have become part of the standard vocabulary in the broadcast industry.

A lot of pioneers make their mark and then take a back seat. At Nevion we’re not content to do that. We’re innovators at heart and it’s this same philosophy that continues to push us forward and shape our mission. We have dedicated our research and development to pioneering optical, IP and software defined networks (SDN) for professional broadcast. Today, our customer list is like a ”who’s who” of broadcasting, telecoms and other industries. We are proud to have customers like CNN, BBC, NASA, BT, Sky, AT&T, Verizon, DU and many more. Our technology is deployed in approximately 90% of all major live events globally, including the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup, and US presidential inaugurations.

A few of our more recent firsts:

  • 1st IP transport platform for use in broadcast (2003)
  • 1st JPEG 2000 IP video contribution (2008)
  • 1st self-provisioned IP contribution network (2010)
  • 1st contribution with advanced IP protection (2011)
  • 1st 4K inter-continental live contribution over IP (2015)
  • 1st IP SDN-based recording studio (2015)

We know the future of broadcast lies in moving from baseband technologies to a true standards-based IP infrastructure, and we’re ready to help our customers make that a reality. This switch won’t happen overnight — think more evolution than revolution — and we’re poised to help you along that journey in a seamless, cost-effective way.

As well as being our 20th birthday, 2016 is going to be another landmark year for us, driven largely by our new focus — virtualized media production. The journey starts with the unveiling of our new website and branding, and leads in to the rest of the year where innovation awaits.

Join us as we shape a new freedom in media production.