IP Showcase Highlights Deployment of IP for Media

The IP Showcase returns to NAB Show for the third year. It offers educational opportunities to learn about implementation of standards-based IP infrastructures for real-time professional media applications and demonstrations of the latest technical achievements and a clear view of advances on the horizon.

The IP Showcase has become a must-see exhibit for anyone deploying IP technology for real-time broadcast. It is sponsored by Audio Engineering Society, Alliance for IP Media Solutions, Advanced Media Workflow Association, European Broadcasting Union, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and Video Services Forum.

“Faced with the inevitability of a transition to IP-based operations in broadcast, the industry almost unanimously chose a standards-based approach, uniting behind SMPTE ST 2110/ST 2059, AES67 and AMWA IS-04/05,” said Brad Gilmer, executive director of the IP Showcase. “Now, three years later, we are seeing expansion beyond the early adopters, and as the industry as a whole begins to make the IP transition, the organizations involved in the IP Showcase are laying the groundwork to make installation, maintenance and security straightforward and much simpler. We’re raising the bar for what people should expect when implementing IP-based operations.”

New this year is the IP Showcase Future Zone, where visitors can see demonstrations of Part 1 of the new Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) Tech Stack (JT-NM TR-1001-1). SMPTE ST 2110 has successfully defined the transport layer of IP systems, and now JT-NM Tech Stack simplifies and streamlines installations of IP systems. Also in the Future Zone, visitors can see demonstrations of a set of technologies that are being considered for inclusion in the JT-NM Tech Stack Part 2 to address event and tally (AMWA IS-07), audio channel mapping (AMWA IS-08), as well as grouping (AMWA BCP-002) and API security: communications (AMWA BCP-003). Together with Tech Stack Part 1, the Tech Stack Part 2 candidates comprise a suite of open specifications that simplify the construction, maintenance and operational functionality of true multivendor  SMPTE ST 2110 systems.

Also new to the IP Showcase this year is the JT-NM Tested program. Sponsored by the JT-NM and administered by the EBU and IRT — two top European technical bodies — the JT-NM Tested program offers prospective purchasers of IP-based equipment more and better documented insight into how vendor equipment aligns to the SMPTE ST 2110 and SMPTE ST 2059 standards.

The IP Showcase Theater returns as the destination for education, a vital element as the industry progresses through the phases of IP adoption. Vendors, broadcasters, service providers and integrators will highlight their solutions to the challenges related to the transition from SDI to IP. With a full slate of presentations on IP technology and installations to choose from, professionals ranging from broadcast/IT engineers and CEOs to TV producers can learn how to unlock the full potential of using IP for real-time professional media.

The IP Showcase will also highlight representative installations, providing a onestop exhibit for those interested in learning why so many broadcasters are turning to IP technology and how they are using it.