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IABM Awards mirror shift to IP

The prestigious IABM design and innovation awards, consisting of nine segment contests and a single special recognition prize, reflected the frontline themes of IBC with uncanny accuracy.

“We saw a lot more products that are appropriate to the IT/IP transition – a lot more interconnectivity products and stunning levels of innovation and creativity,” said IABM CEO Peter White. “We always feel that our awards represent the pinnacle of what’s happening in a fast-changing marketplace.”

The winners mirrored the IABM GMVR market report. “As that research transitions so too will the awards. Next year you will see not more categories but different ones to reflect the new workflows,” said White.

In acquisition and production the winner was Suitcase TV, and in post production the winner was Marquis Technology. EVS took the award for content and communication Infrastructure.

The winner of a hot audio category was AATON-Digital, and in another competitive area Ericsson took the storage prize. The system automation and control winner was Net Insight AB, and the best in playout and delivery systems proved to be Harmonic. In test, quality control and monitoring Volicon scored, and Conax AS took the services prize.

Despite the show being flooded with outstanding new technology, nobody was surprised to see the judges hail the outstanding collaboration effort behind the VRT/EBU Live IP project with a special award.

“Interoperability is the driving theme of the show,” said White, “and the 10 companies supporting the VRT Sandbox+ project reflect how brilliantly it can work.”

Those taking a bow were Axon, Dwesam, EVS, Genelec, Grass Valley, Lawo, LSB, Nevion, Tektronix and Trilogy.