Meet Krittanon Chalermsuk, R&D Director at Nevion, based in Norway.
Welcome to our newest series of Q&A with the Architects! At Nevion, we’re proud of our people and we have built up a great global team of professionals, with knowledge and expertise in broadcasting, telecoms, IT, hardware, software, baseband and IP network technology.
In this new series, we wanted to give you the chance to get to know some of our Architects personally.
What attracted you to join Nevion as part of your career journey?
I am an R&D Director at Nevion, and my journey here began after graduating in Sweden. I was looking for a role in one of the Scandinavian countries, and Nevion came up as an option. I did not have much knowledge of the wider broadcast industry at the time, but Nevion appealed to me as an organization which was involved in high-tech systems and video processing, which is the general area I wanted to pursue for my career, and I haven’t looked back!
How has your role progressed whilst you’ve been at Nevion?
I have certainly been on a transformative journey at Nevion since I originally started with the business back in 2009. I began as a junior developer with little knowledge of the industry and only basic knowledge of IP and video processing at the time, but I was then promoted to senior developer before later progressing to my current role. I now lead a fantastic team working with both software and hardware, which makes my days incredibly varied and exciting.
How would you describe Nevion as an organization in just three words?
Innovation, collaboration, and motivation. Innovation is really at the core of what Nevion does. We are always looking to adopt the latest technologies and apply it to our services to benefit our customers. Collaboration, because we are always looking to facilitate a cooperative and fun working environment. During the pandemic, motivation has become a hugely important part of my role to ensure the wellbeing of my team. We have a regular Friday social where our team gets together for a virtual beer to chat about the week, and whilst it is a great moment to unwind after a busy week, it can often result in us spontaneously finding a solution to a problem we’ve been facing that we can then put into practice in the week ahead.
What interested you about working in the broadcast industry?
The appeal for me originally was the technology that the broadcast industry uses. For example, video and audio processing for UHD video requires a lot of bandwidth and at high speeds, more so than in most other industries. It is therefore an exciting challenge to work on the appropriate hardware and software that can control and process very high-quality contents properly, helping to transform the experience for the end user.
Can you tell us about a project you have worked on during your time at Nevion that you are most proud of?
For me, it would be the JPEG XS solution on Nevion’s Virtuoso software-defined media platform. It has proven to be one of the most innovative and successful codecs that we’ve worked on, having been used by a wide range of customers around the world and integrated in new deployments such as the gaming industry. What is amazing is that this project originated from just a few of our employees sitting down and discussing the technology, and within a couple of days we had developed the prototype thanks to our design methodology being so reusable in new applications. It’s a great example of the collaborative and innovative culture we have here, and something I’m really proud to have been a part of.
What is your favorite thing about working for Nevion?
Nevion has a hard-working culture, but at the same time we’re all able to joke and be light-hearted with each other which is great for team building. We also have an ethos that employees should be able to admit accountability for a mistake they have made without judgement from others. By other people taking an understanding stance, that particular employee can better learn from it. Our most demanding projects may mean that we occasionally need to work extra hours to meet deadlines, but our team is always on hand to help someone if the workload needs to be shared out. In essence we are one big family.
What new innovation excites you the most in the broadcasting world?
The most exciting thing for me is the integration of technologies from other industries into the broadcasting world. We are bringing in new innovations all the time that are making products and services simpler and more user friendly for our customers, and I feel very proud to be part of a team that is working on such world-class projects. I believe that so much can be achieved from the combination of the right technology and a great team in place to work with it.