AIMS appoints officers and working group chairs

AIMS board (Michael Cronk, Kerry Wheeles, Andy Warman)
Neal Romanek
February 12th 2016 at 11:59AM : By Neal Romanek

New trade organisation chooses three directors, Michael Cronk of Grass Valley, Steve Reynolds of Imagine Communications and Andreas Hilmer of Lawo

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), an industry organisation formed to promote open standards and interoperability in the transition to IP, has appointed its board and its chairs and deputy chairs for its new marketing and technical working groups.

The AIMS board comprises three directors, chairman Michael Cronk (SVP, strategic marketing, Grass Valley - pictured, left), vice-chairman Steve Reynolds (CTO, Imagine Communications) and financial officer Andreas Hilmer (director of marketing & communications, Lawo).

Following their appointment, the board in turn has appointed Kerry Wheeles (CTO, networking, Imagine Communications - pictured, centre) as chair of the AIMS Technical Working Group, and Scott Barella (CTO, 5280 Broadcast) as deputy chair.

New chairman Michael Cronk said, “I am pleased to announce that the AIMS board has appointed Kerry Wheeles as the Chair of the technical working group. Kerry brings a rich experience technical standards development. I want to thank Kerry for his willingness to serve in this capacity. I am also pleased to welcome the appointment of Scott Barella as deputy chair. Scott brings a wealth of industry knowledge, both from a vendor and user perspective, of broadcast technologies. Under Kerry and Scott’s leadership, the technical working group will guide AIMS members and the industry, on successful implementation of and compliance with, the standards that will shape the transition to IP.

“As we move to implement interoperable solutions over IP, there is a need to swiftly identify interoperability issues, clarify operating points, demonstrate interoperability, and develop positions on yet to be standardised aspects of IP. By doing so, we can serve to greatly accelerate the deployment of multi-vendor interoperable IP solutions which support the great work of SMPTE/EBU/VSF. Please join me in congratulating Kerry and Scott and offering them your full support.”

In inaugurating the AIMS Marketing Working Group, the board has appointed Andy Warman (director, production and playout strategy and market development, Harmonic - pictured, right) to the position of chair and Roger Sherwood (digital content & media solutions business development, Cisco) as deputy chair.

Cronk went on to say: “I am pleased to announce that Andy Warman has been elected by the board as chair of the marketing group, and Roger Sherwood as his deputy. As we move forward, Andy and Roger will work to establish additional roles within the marketing working group. There is much to accomplish in these formative times in our industry, and critical milestones such as NAB loom very near on the horizon. Please join me in congratulating Andy and Roger on their appointments and offering your full support as we work together towards one common set of protocols for IP interoperability.”

AIMS’ efforts will be focused on promoting the adoption, standardisation, development and refinement of open protocols for media over IP, with an initial emphasis on VSF TR-03 and TR-04, SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67. Broadcasters and other media companies are seeking to leverage IP to increase the flexibility of their networks, help streamline workflows and improve agility to better compete in a rapidly evolving ecosystem. 

AIMS provides specific guidance in its bylaws to its members and to the media industry via the AIMS Roadmap. The organization endorses an IP transition plan that includes support for SMPTE 2022-6, AES67 and VSF recommendations TR-03 and TR-04.

Membership in AIMS is available to all individuals and companies that support open standards and share a commitment to the group’s founding principles.

For more about the importance of open standards and interoperability in the broadcast and media industry, download the Alliance for IP Media Solutions’ white paper “An Argument for Open IP Standards in the Media Industry".