A consortium of pro-audio and broadcast industry suppliers that includes Lawo, Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Snell Advanced Media and Nevion has announced the formation of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS).
The new trade association has a mandate to "bring IP solutions to market that offer complete interoperability, are based on open standards and integrate seamlessly into media workflow environments to foster industry innovation and efficiency." Its efforts will be focussed on promoting the adoption, standardisation and development of open protocols for audio, video and media over IP, with an initial emphasis on VSF TR-03 and TR-04, SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67.
“Thanks to the collaborative work already performed in SMPTE, VSF and AES, our industry has built a solid basis for a sustainable transition to IP," says Andreas Hilmer, Lawo's director of marketing and communications. "AIMS’s support of open standards and technical recommendations such as TR-03, TR-04 and AES67 afford us an opportunity to eliminate the fragmentation of implementations that our industry has endured over the last 20 years. It’s our big chance to avoid repeating expensive and time-consuming mistakes of the past."
AIMS will achieve its aim by prioritising:
- Initiatives that facilitate the education and adoption of open standards
- The facilitation of activities that accelerate the development of solutions that support these open standards
Nurturing the creation of new standards by supporting standards bodies with participation and testing in real-world environments
“We at Lawo have always been aligned to open standards, be it SMPTE 2022-6/-7 and TR-03 in video, AES3, MADI, RAVENNA or AES67 in audio or Ember+ in control," continues Hilmer. "We strongly believe in these standardised, open approaches in order to come to best possible solutions with a solid and secure long-term perspective for our clients."
Membership in AIMS is available to "all individuals and companies that support open standards and share a commitment to the group’s founding principles".
For more information about the importance of open standards and interoperability pro-audio and wider media industries, AIMS directs interested parties to its white paper An Argument for Open IP Standards in the Media Industry, available from its website.