The first important tip is to start at the right booth. If you are looking for IP kit at IBC, you should pass by the VRT LiveIP demonstration at the EBU booth (10.F20) first. There, you will get a picture of the state of the art using real products from 10 pioneering companies. This project is finalist in the “special recognition” category of the IABM Design & Innovation Awards.
After that, you can continue your exhibition visiting the vendors of your choice and challenging them to prove to you their capabilities to interoperate with other equipment. Here are three questions you should definitely ask them:
- Do you support open standards for the transport and synchronisation of media flows (e.g., SMPTE 2022-6, AES-67 and PTP/SMPTE 2059)?
- Can you use standard IT switches (supporting Open Flow) or do you require media-specific ones?
- How can your system be made redundant (e.g., SMPTE 2022-7) and resilient to network errors (e.g., SMPTE 2022-5)?
It all starts here.