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ISO5 provides excellent support

16 September 2017
ISO5 provides excellent support

The principal enabler around IBC is SMPTE ST 2110, but every lead dancer needs excellent support. This has come with the emergence of AMWA’s ISO5.

“ISO4 provided a rudimentary point-to-point connectivity as part of discovery and registration, but modern TV facilities need to replicate what routing systems did. You need to take multiple sources and multiple destinations, and you need to be able to do salvo connections where you configure a whole control room all at once,” said AMWA executive director Brad Gilmer.

“ISO5 takes us past the door and down the corridor to the facility where you can make many connections between many sources and many receivers,” he added. “The revised JT-NM is on a timeline, and the move to dematerialisation is something some people are experiencing now.”

In the main, dematerialisation will come further down the IP road. But what is the status of ISO5?

“We had an ‘interop’ event prior to IBC and over 20 companies successfully interoperated with ISO5. We learned a few things and they have been incorporated in a revision of the document,” said Gilmer. “After the
show we will be calling for an AMWA board vote to publish it.

“The most pressing things evolve around that area of dematerialisation. The EBU has done some studies, and we have the AMWA Labs,” he added. “We are looking at how to address security built in as a subset of any kind of new media facility.”

A set of pointers to help people move into the realm of dematerialisation may look at best practices in security, virtualisation and architectural design. “There are two components to that, one being running just on generic IT infrastructure, and then to be cloud fit, which is another step up,” said Gilmer.

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