Alliance for IP Media Solutions appoints board of directors

AIMS was formed in early December to promote open standards and interoperability in the transition to IP
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AIMS' Michael Cronk

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), formed to promote open standards and interoperability in the transition to IP, has appointed its board of directors.

Michael Cronk (pictured), senior vice president of strategic marketing at Grass Valley, has been appointed chairman. He is joined by vice chairman Steve Reynolds, CTO of Imagine Communications, as well as financial officer Andreas Hilmer, director of marketing and communications at Lawo – one of the founding members of AIMS.

Following the appointment of the board, they have, in turn, appointed Kerry Wheeles, CTO of networking at Imagine Communications, as chair of the AIMS Technical Working Group, and Scott Barella, CTO of 5280 Broadcast, as deputy chair.

“As we move to implement interoperable solutions over IP, there is a need to swiftly identify interoperability issues, clarify operating points, demonstrate interoperability, and develop positions on yet to be standardized aspects of IP. By doing so, we can serve to greatly accelerate the deployment of multi-vendor interoperable IP solutions which support the great work of SMPTE/EBU/VSF,” says Cronk.

AIMS’ efforts will be focused on promoting the adoption, standardisation, development and refinement of open protocols for media over IP, with an initial emphasis on VSF TR-03 and TR-04, SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67.


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