Harmonic, AJA, and 5280 Broadcast join AIMS

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Neal Romanek
February 17th 2016 at 9:55AM : By Neal Romanek

Membership of trade organisation supporting open IP standards in broadcast industry continues to grow

More companies have jumped aboard AIMS, the Alliance for IP Media Solutions, a new trade org whose aims are to promote open standards in IP broadcast solutions and to help smooth the TV industry's transition to IP-based production and distribution.

The new AIMS members are three US-based companies 5280 Broadcast, AJA Video Systems and Harmonic.

5280 Broadcast are a systems integrator working with broadcast and cable facilities on production and post production facility design and construction. including cable and infrastructure installation, to media quality control and monitoring systems and project management services.

Tony Roccanova, COO of 5280 Broadcast said, “As system integrators, we are in a unique position to educate and guide our customers through the forthcoming transition from baseband to IP workflows and infrastructure. We strongly believe that the interoperability and open standards being promoted by AIMS will be the keys to the success of this transition.”

AJA Video Systems employs over 200 people worldwide manufacturing industry-leading video capture cards, digital recording devices, video routers, frame synchronizers and scalers, digital converters and professional 4K cameras. 

Nick Rashby, AJA Video Systems president said, “Having trusted standards bodies in place helps move our industry forward at a faster pace and in a more unified way. As AJA looks to the future with more development of IP-based workflow solutions for our customers, we’re pleased to support AIMS in promoting adoption of open standards in IP media.”

Harmonic provides broadcasters, service providers and media companies with emerging video capabilities, including solutions which power HEVC and Ultra HD video, and delivery of OTT video.

Explaining the company’s reasons for joining AIMS, Bart Spriester, senior vice president, video products said, “Harmonic is very active in industry standards bodies. The AIMS approach to the IP transition and their drive to industry-wide adoption of standards is well aligned with our own thinking on the use of standards to deliver ubiquitous interoperability. We are pleased to support the goals and methodology that AIMS brings to unifying our industry under a common approach to IP I/O.”

AIMS’ efforts will be focused on promoting the adoption, standardization, 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. Open standards are the key to protecting current investments and ensuring long-term interoperability.

Open standards work for the IP transition is already underway by the 74-member Video Services Forum (VSF), with the support of organizations such as SMPTE and the EBU. AIMS endorses the work of the VSF and will continue to lend support in the development of a standard approach to IP; more than 30 broadcast equipment suppliers and broadcasters were involved in the development of VSF TR-03 and companies are actively testing and validating it today.

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.

A number of solutions are already on the market to help media companies begin the transition by introducing IP components to an SDI workflow. The transition represents a significant investment and will not happen overnight. An open standards approach allows media companies to implement the technology over time and transition at the pace that makes sense for their businesses.

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