On 21-22 June 2016, Nevion was one of a number of companies participating in the EBU Network Technology Seminar (NTS), in Geneva (Switzerland). This is yearly event is a technology update for public broadcasters, with a special focus on networks, IT infrastructure and storage. In attendance were users from the broadcast community, service providers and vendors, including AIMS members Nevion, Grassvalley, Imagine, Evertz, SAM, AJA and Tektronix.
As per previous years, the format included a mix of seminars, tutorials and demonstrations. Needless to say that IP was center stage at this year’s event, with a briefings on IP studios, standards, PTP, NMOS (Network Media Open Specification) and virtualization amongst others.
Topics for the presentations included:
- From SDI to IP architectures
- Real-time Network Media Architectures
- Audio over IP and SIP
- An overview of key standards
- Analyzing faults in an operational IP environment
- High performance network access
- Discovery and registration
Nevion’s Andy Rayner co-presented the tutorials on “High performance network media access” and “Analysing faults in an operational IP environment” (all presentations are on the NTS page – login required).
Amongst the demos, those showing interoperability based on the standards promoted by AIMS (Alliance for IP Media Solutions) attracted the greatest interest. The SMPTE 2022-6 standard obviously featured prominently in most demos, but there were also clear signs that the industry is moving on to TR-04 and TR-03, and the use of NMOS for discovery. Nevion was involved in a couple of interoperability demos, with its media nodes, eMerge IP switches and VideoIPath management system:
- AIMS: Arista, Grass Valley, Net Insight, Nevion, VizRT, S-A-M, Tektronix and Evertz
- AMWA NMOS: SuiteCaseTV, Atos, BBC R&D, Melanox, Nevion and Embrionix
The diagram of the first demo is shown below:
For the second demo, the Nevion highlight was the provision of an NMOS discoverable TR-03 stream (based on RFC 4175), demonstrating that we are moving rapidly forward with the standards promoted by AIMS and the industry at large.
In conclusion, this event was great opportunity for Nevion to continue to demonstrate our commitment to IP and open standards in a very practical way, working together with some of our competitors. It was also of course show to catch-up with some of our customers, including CBC, BBC, and BT.