A step forward in the march toward IP connectivity in media technology was achieved last month with the debut of the JT-NM tested program. The Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) has set out the roadmap toward interoperability between IP-connected devices from different vendors, based on the principles of the SMPTE ST 2110 family of standards and drawing on the work of AIMS, the Alliance for IP Media Solutions.
Among the products gaining the badge were three from Imagine Communications: the EPIC MV multiviewer, the Selenio Network Processor (SNP) and the Versio modular playout system.
“The JT-NM tested program is a key achievement in the industry,” said John Mailhot, CTO of Networking at Imagine Communications, and document editor of the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. “It allows customers to proceed with confidence in buying and implementing SMPTE ST 2110 systems from multiple vendors, with the expectation that they will work correctly together. This level of confidence in specifying and purchasing systems is a huge advance for forward-looking media companies.”
The catalog of JT-NM Tested products from the March event will be published at the 2019 NAB Show. The program is one of the highlights of this year’s IP Showcase, which also features targeted demonstrations of underlying new technologies developed as part of the standards family and from the work still being carried out by JT-NM and AMWA. This includes the JT-NM Tech Stack series of protocols that simplify and streamline the installation of IP systems.
“The media industry recognises the benefits in cost, operational agility and resilience that are won by moving to software applications running on COTS hardware, whether in-house or in the cloud,” said Steve Reynolds of Imagine. “But at the same time, they want to retain the functionality and operational practices that give them the production values and delivery opportunities that they already expect. In short, they need to build architectures from multiple vendors that bring precisely the tools they need."