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EBU joint project wins IBC Judges’ Prize

23 August 2012
EBU joint project wins IBC Judges’ Prize

A joint EBU-Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) project has won the IBC Innovation Award Judges Prize. The Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS) is an open standard for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for media that overcomes expensive, disruptive incompatibilities in IT-based broadcast production technologies. IT-based solutions are supplanting dedicated video and audio equipment as broadcasters seek media format flexibility, extensive metadata management and cost reduction by using general purpose PCs and networks. Yet despite the long-established role of IT in media production, system incompatibilities still cause inefficiencies and drive up costs. The project has now successfully delivered the FIMS 1.0 specification, which is operational at Bloomberg. EBU FIMS Project Leader Jean-Pierre Evain said: "A few years ago I gave a presentation at the IBC conference about Service Oriented Architectures, and I would never have dreamed of results coming to market so quickly. My colleagues working on FIMS have been exemplary, and the industry has recognised these efforts." EBU Director of Technology & Innovation, Lieven Vermaele, welcomed the honour, saying: "Our support of the FIMS project will continue, as we expect its results to have a concrete impact on reducing costs and complexity of integration for EBU Members in the long run. This award brings deserved recognition of the work done so far. FIMS has now delivered a solid base-layer specification, but it will grow in terms of services and functionalities demanded by new applications and use cases." Chairman of the IBC Innovation Awards, Michael Lumley, said: "IBC values sharing knowledge above all else, and in developing practical standards so quickly, the FIMS partners had to share their knowledge if the resulting standards were going to be robust enough to be useful globally. I am delighted that we can honour EBU and AMWA for their efforts in driving the FIMS project." The IBC Awards Ceremony will be held in the RAI Auditorium on Sunday 9 September.10.F20

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