Sony renews commitment to interoperable IP media

Group working with major industry alliances to develop a unified interoperable open IP workflow

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Sony renews commitment to interoperable IP media Sony's IP-based broadcast systems are based on existing open standards.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 11, 2016

Sony is demonstrating further developments in developing interoperability systems at IBC 2016.

This is part of the company’s core strategy to deliver fully interoperable solutions & systems that are ready to implement today, using current available standards while remaining open to upcoming future standards, Sony says.

Sony has also played a key role in developing industry standards since 2012, starting from the Joint Taskforce for Networked Media (JT-NM), later joining the ASPEN and AIMS alliance groups, and more recently the AMWA NMI incubator project, driving the development of the Networked Media Interface framework.

At IBC 2016, Sony is demonstrating its progress as part of the IP Interoperability Zone held by AIMS, AMWA, EBU, SMPTE and VSF. Visitors have the opportunity to experience Sony’s interoperability based on existing open standards SMPTE ST2022-6 and SMPTE ST2059 and future new open standards TR-03 (SMPTE ST2110) and NMOS (IS-04).

“Sony continues to demonstrate its role as a technology leader in the industry through our work both with industry standard bodies and industry manufacturer alliances, to deliver unified interoperability,” said Norbert Paquet, live production strategic marketing manager at Sony Professional Europe. “At this year’s IBC we’re showcasing not only technical demonstrations but a complete end to end workflow of 4K/HDR Live Production over IP, Remote Production and Data Centre Architecture, all of which are interoperable with our Alliance Partners and ready today thanks to the Networked Media Interface (NMI). We are looking forward to not only working with our customers but also helping them on their journey to a more efficient live production workflow. Our new IP Live training course at our Centre of Excellence in Pinewood Studios opened in June this year, and has already successfully hosted its first training and interoperability tests.” 

Following the JT-NM Reference Architecture & EBU’s 7 layers for interoperability recommendations, the Networked Media Interface (NMI) comprises and covers all these requirements: Media Transport, Timing, Identity, Discovery and Registration, Flow control, Flow switching, and Compression. Sony has disclosed technical specification of related NMI technology components to the SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) as a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD): Essence Independent Mapping (RDD40), LLVC (RDD34) & NDCP (RDD38). Working together to lead the industry towards interoperability, the expansion of the IP Live Alliance includes the addition of four new members:  Asaca Corporation, ASTRODESIGN, Inc. Lambda Systems Inc. and Studer by Harman. 

“The IP live Alliance is more than a technology alliance group,” continues Norbert Paquet. “It is the assurance that all manufacturers can access a complete framework of technologies to implement in their different systems, ensuring interoperability amongst them, rather than just accessing in part.  Sony believes this will approach will avoid the MXF situation where different implementations of the open standard resulted in industry wide interoperability issues. We must learn from that”.

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