The LC fibre connectors that appear on the cover of the latest issue of tech-i magazine will become a familiar sight at broadcast facilities as progress towards fully IP-based production continues. The recent publication of the SMPTE ST 2110 standard was an important milestone on that journey, but – as Willem Vermost explains in the magazine – there is still a long way to go.
As a complement to Willem's article on ST 2110, we also feature an update from one of the organizations at the forefront of implementing IP production. Switzerland's SRF has begun the construction of a new facility that will house a fully IP-based production environment. Broadcast service provider tpc is tasked with realizing this challenging project. They will test their approach in the real world when their new all-IP OB truck goes on the road in 2018. Sandro Furter explains how the project is unfolding and why IP orchestration is a particular focus.
Guidance, new and revised
Elsewhere in tech-i 34, you can read about one important new EBU document, and two others that have been revised. R 146 is a new Recommendation on Cloud Security for Media Companies. Andreas Schneider, SRG SSR's chief information security officer, explains how the recommendation provides guidance for broadcasters who are shifting data and technology to the cloud. Another EBU Recommendation, this time on Digital Radio, has been revised, bringing it into line with changes in radio technology and services since its first publication in 2013.
The other important document revision concerns EBU Tech 3320, the reference for professional video monitors. As explained in tech-i, the scope of the document now includes UHD, High Frame Rate, High Dynamic Range and Wide Colour Gamut.
Among the other articles in the magazine are an update on Origo, NRK's major project to overhaul its production and publishing workflows, an introduction to EBU research into metrics for online media players, and a first report on why broadcast organizations are again preparing a united front ahead of the next World Radiocommunication Conference.