APOLAN Expands Membership Base and European Chapter to Further Drive Passive Optical LAN Adoption

The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), a non-profit organization driving the adoption and education for passive optical local area network (LAN), today announced that four new global members have joined the Association. Nokia, Huawei, CallisonRTKL and Automated Systems Design are the most recent additions to APOLAN’s strong line up of global industry experts.

In addition to expertise in the technology and architecture space, many of APOLAN’s new members will have an impact on the Association’s global presence.  This includes strong representation for the Association’s European Chapter, which is set to significantly enhance and advocate European market awareness and education of the many benefits of passive optical LAN.

Passive optical LAN’s popularity is on the rise as enterprises are experiencing increased pressure to meet growing bandwidth consumption demands. APOLAN’s existing and new member companies – from technology vendors, to system integrators and to AEC consulting firms – deliver the reliable, scalable, secure and high bandwidth backbone networks that companies require to meet today’s and tomorrow’s connectivity needs. As a result, more and more enterprise companies are seeking reliable, cost-efficient, and flexible alternatives to copper-based networks.

“Our members are driving forces in their industries, champions that lead passive optical LAN adoption in the enterprise,” says Brian D. O’Connell, Chairman of the APOLAN.  “Membership interest from industry heavyweights is a testament to the increasing growth and demand for fiber-based technology in the market.  There is no doubt that passive optical LAN is gaining traction and can no longer be ignored.”

 APOLAN members receive access to the Association’s existing resources and website, in addition to making their own content available to other members and the industry.

NAB 2016 – The Carpets Are Worn!

NAB 2016 – The Carpets Are Worn!

With an attendance of more than 103,000 visitors the NAB 2016 show more than lived up to industry expectation.

The world’s largest annual convention covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums showed its power to deliver headlines, launch new products and connect with key market influencers.

Key trends at the show included:

  • Consumers have become more engaged and technically savvy which means expectations are getting higher when it comes to digital content.
  • Cloud technology is set to be a primary enabler of content delivery of live streams. Hint: it’s all about bandwidth.
  • Gathering user data and analytics are the key to personalising experiences. Hint: you need to know your target.

Why not put NAB 2017 in your diary – it is back in Las Vegas April 22-17.

 

DIMOCO’s Payment Service Act License Passported to the EU

DIMOCO, an operator of a payment institute for direct carrier billing, today announces that its established payment institute, that holds a payment service act license from the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA), had its license passported to all 28 EU member states during February 2016. With this expansion of its license, the Fintech company is now a European-wide regulated payment institute with its payment service act license notified at the central banks across the EU.

“We are now in a solid position to support our telecom carriers and merchants in their EU-wide business efforts as the number one payment institute for carrier billing in Europe,” said Gerald Tauchner, DIMOCO president & CEO.

This license makes DIMOCO one of the first companies to be in compliance with the requirements of the Payment Services Directive (PSD) and the respective national regulations.

Optimizing Digital Media and Cinema Workflows

The evolving media landscape is creating challenges for industry players seeking high quality workflow solutions while also needing new digital media innovation. Future-proof, secure and standards-compliant solutions are being demanded in order for these players to remain competitive.

At NAB, some of future-oriented solutions that enhance each step of the cinema and media workflow were displayed, including:

  • Light-field multi-camera post-production plug-in suite: Fraunhofer light-field technology was recently encapsulated into plug-ins for The Foundry’s Nuke software suite, allowing movie professionals to take advantage of multi-camera arrays and multi-view processing.
  • Enhancements to easyDCP software suite: Fraunhofer introduced a new export module for Final Cut Pro X to create DCPs directly from the timeline, including new features of the standalone software include a package validation module for reliable quality assurance of both, newly generated or existing packages.

Check out here other tools that enable creative possibilities and immersive viewing experiences.

 

Net Insight’s Sye Wins TV Technology’s Best of 2016 NAB Show Award

NewBay Media, the publisher of TV Technology, has announced that Net Insight, the leading provider of live, interactive and on-demand media transport, has been awarded one of the industry’s most prestigious technology honors, the Best of Show Award, at the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Net Insight has won the award for its groundbreaking new solution Sye.

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

Net Insight’s Sye completely revolutionizes the way live OTT content is consumed and will disrupt and change industry dynamics in a significant way. It harmonizes live TV to all screens enabling a true live OTT experience, which uniquely enables real time social interactivity and enhances audience engagement, providing new experiences that consumers want to be a part of and are willing to pay for. It also puts service providers back into the OTT value chain with new unprecedented opportunities to generate revenue.

“Recognition with an award at the NAB Show from NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group is a strong vote of confidence and admiration from our leading industry publications,” said NewBay Media Broadcast & Video Group Vice President & Group Publisher Eric Trabb.

“OTT viewership is growing at a phenomenal rate, which means making the second screen an extension of the first screen experience has huge potential in activating and engaging audiences in ways that have not previously been possible,” said Fredrik Tumegård, CEO of Net Insight.  “We have great expertise and innovation in live television, and experience across the entire media industry, which enables us to develop game changing solutions such as Sye. This award recognizes our commitment to deliver such solutions to ensure our customers are at the forefront of the industry and remain competitive right across the media and broadcasting landscape.”

How to Deliver Scalable TV over IP without Buffering, Delays or Glitches

The shift to IP networks for the delivery of TV brings with it some problems for content owners striving to deliver a live high quality immersive experience for users. Delays, buffering and other glitches mean that this user experience is often comes up short on the delivery of their expectation.

The fact is that CDNs are not optimized for TV delivery. They deliver content via lowest-cost peering points or from wherever they have spare storage capacity, which is not conducive to the real-time delivery that TV demands.

To help the industry overcome these challenges, Edgeware has announced its purupose-built ’s TV CDN architecture. You can read more about this unique architecture here.

Net Insight Launches Nimbra Media Gateway at NAB 2016

Net Insight, the leading provider of live, interactive and on-demand media transport, today launches its Nimbra Media Gateway, a fully interoperable SMPTE2022 based JPEG2000 contribution gateway. Catering to the needs of live video over IP in multi-vendor environments, the Nimbra Media Gateway complements the existing Nimbra MSR family, designed for large-scale and high-performing media networks.

 Nimbra Media Gateway hosts a high-end JPEG2000 codec that is field proven and widely recognized for its compression performance and video quality. Its modular design ensures seamless capacity and functional expansion, offering a high degree of support for future formats and standards without the need for hardware replacement. Adding to our comprehensive SMPTE2022 offering for HD video and MPEG-4, the Nimbra Media Gateway helps broadcasters interconnect for efficient live media exchange.

“Net Insight actively works with our broadcast customers in their transition from native technologies to IP, and is a strong advocate of open and interoperable standards.” said Martin Karlsson, CTO and vice president product portfolio at Net Insight.  ”Our vision is a global media ecosystem where live content is exchanged in real time across the world, over standard multi-vendor infrastructures, to support the rapidly changing needs of today’s broadcast industry.”

Nimbra Media Gateway uniquely enables broadcasters and service providers to easily mix and match native SDI with SMPTE2022-6 IP interfaces, for a seamless and cost-efficient transition to IP in studios and broadcast facilities. With Nimbra Vision for centralized management, and instant service provisioning through Touch&Switch, broadcasters can scale up their media transport services to support growing business needs, without impact on operational costs.

Fraunhofer IIS Department Moving Picture Technologies Optimizes Digital Media and Cinema Workflows at NAB 2016

The Fraunhofer IIS Department Moving Picture Technologies, the leading provider of future-oriented solutions for enhanced digital media and cinema workflows, today launches and demonstrates the latest innovations for industry players to stay competitive in the evolving media landscape.

 Fraunhofer IIS´ Department Moving Picture Technologies will showcase its latest advances for cost-efficient, future-proof, secure and standards compliant solutions. These solutions bring new creative possibilities and immersive viewing experiences. By seamlessly integrating and enhancing each step of any digital media or cinema workflow, Fraunhofer IIS addresses today’s needs, while opening opportunity for the industry’s future. At NAB 2016, highlights will include:

New Enhancements to Award Winning easyDCP Software Suite

With more than 1,500 licensees worldwide, Fraunhofer IIS’ easyDCP Software Suite is one of the leading solutions for creation, playback and quality control of digital cinema packages (DCP) and Interoperable Master Format Packages (IMPs) based on ISO and SMPTE standards. At NAB, Fraunhofer IIS will introduce a new export module for Final Cut Pro X to create DCPs directly from the timeline. New features of the standalone software include a package validation module for reliable quality assurance of both, newly generated or existing packages. Additionally, easyDCP will support a new generation of object-based audio formats along with enabling authoring of SMPTE IMF Application 2 packages, which Netflix accepts. easyDCP is available as a standalone software or as plug-ins for various post-production tools like Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve and Quantel’s Pablo Rio.

Use Case for Lici® Codec as Mezzanine Codec

The implementation of Fraunhofer IIS’ Lici® codec within keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) solutions will be showcased with partner IHSE GmbH at NAB. Lici® is a cost-effective solution for image processing and transmission systems in professional production. Also ideal for use in cameras and other multimedia applications, Lici® adapts image data streams to the available infrastructure and bandwidth while maintaining resolution and dynamic range enhancements. The result is visually lossless transfer of 2K, 4K and 8K content for 30 Hz and 60 Hz. Additionally, Lici® is perfect for use with HDR monitors due to its 12 bit color depth.  Lici® can easily be implemented into existing or new systems. Future applications will include Video over IP and Media Contribution.

Latest Developments for Fraunhofer’s Light-field Multi-Camera Post-Production Plug-In-Suite

Fraunhofer IIS light-field technology was recently encapsulated into plug-ins for The Foundry’s Nuke software suite, allowing movie professionals to take advantage of multi-camera arrays and multi-view processing. Light-field technology exploits recording of several camera views of the same scene from a single shot. Based on the different views, depth maps, virtual camera movements and changes in focus can be realized in post-production and creative options formerly only possible with CGI, such as enhancements for virtual backlot applications, can be realized for live-action content. Test licenses are available for first professional users. At the show, Fraunhofer IIS’s scientists are discussing current use cases, along with what the industry can expect in terms of adoption of the technology in the near future.

To see Fraunhofer IIS’s light-field technology in action, a short film created by German Stuttgart Media University HDM can be viewed at: http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/bsy/tech/lichtfeld.html