BEITC Puts Spotlight on IP, Next Gen TV

Techniques to minimize the risk of successful security breaches will be discussed in the conference.

Anyone who has considered IP’s impact on broadcast will have that topic along with many others addressed at the Broadcast Engineering Information Technology Conference (BEITC). The conference began over the weekend with an SBE Ennes Workshops that discussed the state of the industry and the transition to IP. The session “Is IP Real?” discussed the details about real-time IP from supplier through system integrator to end-users.

“There are a lot of people that are asking that question, but it is safe to say that we’ve already shown that it is very real,” said Michael Cronk of Grass Valley and one of the session panelists.

IP for broadcast is here and now, according to Stan Moote, CTO for the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers and a session moderator. “There are already enough systems out there that, after this show, IP will become the norm,” he said.

The question now is how fast the industry will adopt it, Cronk said. “SMPTE has finished the SMPTE ST 2110 standard and that will open the door for a lot more IP solutions,” he said.

Along with SMPTE ST 2110, recently published standards and specifications include AMWA NMOS IS-04 and IS-05 along with the upcoming IS-06 (a work in progress), AIMS recommendations, etc.

Today’s paper “Demystifying IP Media Workflow With Continuously Evolving Standards” will focus on the relation of these standards to each other and how to build a standards-based broadcast system that will do automatic Device Discovery, Media Flow Setup, Transporting of Media from origin to destination and diagnostic if problem arises. Thomas Edwards, Fox Networks, moderates the paper presented by Subha Dhesikan and Pradeep Kathail of Cisco Systems.

BEITC will feature sessions devoted to the new Next Gen TV broadcast standard. The session “The ATSC 3.0 Test Station in Cleveland Grows Up,” with Lynn Claudy of NAB and moderator Karl Lahm of Univision, takes a look at activities at the test station and lessons being learned about the practical implementation of ATSC 3.0, summarizing demonstrations and trials held there.

Another session on the subject is Tuesday’s “ATSC 3.0 Ready — Designing Antennas for Higher OFDM PAPR” where new limitations in RF transmission system specifications will be addressed.

Cyberattacks recently have become top of mind as a major business threat. Several major media companies have been targeted in focused attacks resulting in the theft and release of assets and internal documents.

The session “Preparing for a Cyberattack: A Case Study” will explore the experiences and lessons learned in the aftermath of a June 2017 cyberattack of a joint licensee radio and television broadcaster. Techniques to minimize the risk of successful breaches will be explained. Best practices for network architecture, threat protection tools, directory services security, user rights management and password integrity will be discussed. Michael Funk of Quincy Broadcasting will moderate the session with speaker Dan Mansergh, KQED Inc.

The BEITC also looks at the topic of connected cars of today and of the future as data goldmines. They provide a valuable perspective into consumers’ daily habits and preferences.

During the session “The Race to Successfully Build the Connected Car of the Future,” Lior Ben Gigi will explore how vehicles, virtual assistants and data are keeping drivers safe and connected, and what the industry is doing to improve the experience of connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles of tomorrow.

Jonathan Beard, of Graham Digital Media, moderates two sessions that consider artificial intelligence. The session “How Advances in AI, Machine Learning & Neural Networks Will Change Content Creation,” with Tom Ohanian of Tom Ohanian, will examine the effects of image recognition, natural speech processing, language recognition, cognitive metadata extraction, tonal analysis, and real-time data and statisticalintegration and analysis on the content creation process.

The second session “How AI Will Take Productivity in the Broadcast Industry to the Next Level,” features Johan Vounckx from EVS who will introduce the latest advancements in Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) and machine learning, and showcase examples like AI-assisted framing, highlights creation, intelligent camera calibration and graphics insertion, and, ultimately, complete program direction.

With all these different topics, one takeaway for broadcast engineers at the 2018 NAB Show is that there is much for engineers to learn and stay abreast of in the management, distribution, security and advancement of content.