Willem Vermost and Ievgen Kostiukevych from the EBU Technology & Innovation department have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the JT-NM Tested programme – an initiative set up to test and validate capabilities of IP production equipment based on the SMPTE ST 2110 and ST 2059 standards. The award ceremony took place on Saturday 6 April on the IP Showcase stand at the NAB Show for broadcast technology in Las Vegas, where the JT-NM Tested programme is featured this year.
Testing for the industry
Vermost and Kostkiukevych were two of a total of seven engineers from participating organizations to be recognized for their work by their peers. JT-NM, the Joint Task Force for Networked Media, is a self-coordinating group of industry bodies working together on the development of IP technologies for professional media. It is administered by AMWA, EBU, SMPTE and VSF.
A first round of tests took place in March at the Fox Networks facility in Woodlands, Texas, and was administered by the EBU and IRT (Institut für Rundfunktechnik, Munich). Thirty-five companies with 71 products participated in the first ever JT-NM Tested programme. Vendors who attended the testing event and agreed to make their test results public are now listed in the JT-NM Tested catalogue.
The EBU's Live IP Software Toolkit (LIST) was one of the main tools used for the test programme. What started out as a project to better understand the new IP-based standards developed into an freely available tool that is now actively being used by broadcasters and manufacturers.