What’s in store for 2017 – ‘2017 will be a bright year for development of interoperability standards’ – Christian Diehl

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Christian Diehl, product manager of Riedel Communications, tells Vinita Bhatia that this year will see the introduction of many new standards-based, interoperable solutions

What factors that will drive IP migration in 2017?
The IP revolution is sweeping through the media industry and there is little doubt that workflows will increase their use of IP technologies in the future. In growing numbers, media enterprises are looking to adopt technologies that leverage IP infrastructure to transport media data within local facilities, via routers, and between larger networks. Looking ahead to ongoing standards and product development, we believe that 2017 will see the introduction of many new standards-based, interoperable solutions.
Important drivers for the IP migration are the transport protocols. On the video side, SMPTE 2110 is definitely a technology many vendors and users are aiming for. In the audio world, the AES67 standard used in SMPTE 2110 seems to be an important building block.
Transport technology is one thing, but what interests us most is how it can be embedded into the workflow to improve it. A technology that will help shape new workflows is Networked Media Open Specifications (NMOS)–a family of specifications aiming at solutions for discovery and control of devices and services.

Which technologies will power the new generation of production as well as post-production facilities?
IP migration holds a powerful promise for lowered OPEX in both production and post-production, enabled by the use of commodity hardware and the ability to deliver key functionality in software-based solutions. One example of how Riedel is addressing the software-based product approach is the RSP-2318 SmartPanel multifunctional user interface, a robust and versatile system that can be expanded and tailored through the use of software apps. It was first introduced with an Intercom App that turned the user interface into an innovative and ‘smart’ Intercom Panel. Now, the all-new MediorNet Control App brings monitoring and control capabilities to the interface.
Another next-generation technology concept is the idea of decentralised signal routing that leverages fibre to offer a flexible, robust, scalable, and reliable alternative to large monolithic centralised routers. At Riedel, we are enabling this approach with MicroN and MetroN media distribution network devices. When MicroN nodes are interconnected in a meshed fashion, they serve as a highly scalable decentralised video router offering exceptional flexibility in system design and, with the addition of further MicroN nodes to the network, allows users to extend router capacity in both signal count and distributed system locations.

Besides 4K and HDR, which other technologies will have an impact on the industry?
4K and HDR have been shaping the discussions around content for quite a while now and already show an impact on operations. Still at an early stage, immersive audio and technologies such as object-oriented audio and specialisation will most certainly also have an impact on content and the operational part of the creation process.
Also, NMOS, as described earlier,
will change the way how devices are
interconnected with each other and how they are controlled.

What do you believe will propel the increased adoption of content transition to IP, OTT, and streaming?

Interoperability of technology solutions will be a critical factor in the widespread adoption of IP-based workflows and it will require technology manufacturers to maintain a strong and consistent focus on the various industry efforts to develop interoperability standards. Riedel is a member of all major standards organisations (including SMPTE, AMWA [NMOS], IEEE, the Video Services Forum, Media Networking Alliance, the AVnu Alliance, and AIMS) and participates actively in the standards work ongoing within each organisation. We are committed to supporting ratified standards and to establishing compatibility with those standards through activities such as interoperability testing and plugfests.

What about issues like interoperability that still plague IP adoption?

We believe that 2017 will be a bright year for the development of interoperability standards. By contributing to ongoing standards work through key industry bodies and by building support for critical audio and video standards into its own product lines, Riedel is helping integrators as well as the end users to find a smart, sustainable path towards future success.

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