AIMS publishes guidelines for facilities quitting SDI

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Neal Romanek
June 8th 2017 at 9:15AM : By Neal Romanek

New white paper by the Alliance for IP Media Solutions offers tips for quitting SDI

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) has published a white paper aimed at helping broadcasters transition to IP. The paper, "AIMS Guidelines to Preparing Broadcast Facilities for IP-Based Live TV Production", offers methods broadcasters can follow to make the shift from SDI to IP, emphasising that products with AIMS-endorsed protocols can be mixed and matched to fit their requirements.

The white paper issues broadcasters must take into account when designing IP-based production infrastructures and addresses factors related to a range of facilities, from small studios to complex multilocation environments. The white paper notes that even though implementing IP in a broadcast plant is a major technical shift, traditional TV production workflows can remain unchanged.

The white paper offers several possibilities for broadcasters making the switch:

"Thanks to the SDI-to-IP bridging support provided by SMPTE ST 2110, broadcasters can take an incremental approach by building new islands of IP-centric operations while continuing to rely on legacy equipment elsewhere. Or, following a well-traveled path when it comes to introducing new technology, they can start out by building IP-based facilities as replacements to the resources they’ve allocated for redundancy, which they can switch to for primary operations once they’re satisfied everything works as expected. And when they find themselves in greenfield situations with no existing SDI facilities, they can build all-IP infrastructures from scratch. "

Michael Cronk, AIMS chairman of the board commented: "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. It provides a foundation for how to approach IP-based systems, drawing from the practical knowledge of the AIMS membership." 

"We recognize that many broadcasters are already in various stages of IP transformation using products mapped to the AIMS interoperability framework," he continued. "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. 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."

You can download the white paper here.