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NAB Offers New Cybersecurity Certificate Program

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:06:14 -0500

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is releasing a robust Broadcast Cybersecurity Certificate Program for engineering and information technology professionals. The online program is specifically tailored to the needs of the broadcast industry and is available to NAB members and nonmembers.
Authored by Cynthia Brumfield, senior analyst and president, DCT Associates, the program’s learning objectives align with the most recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity released in May 2018. Through four online courses, participants will gain understanding in the following areas:
• Broadcast Cybersecurity Risk Planning and Management
• User and Network Infrastructure Planning and Management for Broadcasters
• Tools and Techniques for Detecting a Cyberattack
• Developing a Continuity of Operations Plan
“The current threat environment frames the need for enhanced cybersecurity education at all levels. NAB is pleased to provide the latest education and training to further secure operations within the broadcast industry,” said NAB Senior Director of Technology Education and Outreach Brian Savoie.
NAB has also released two stand-alone courses, Cyber Awareness for Broadcasters and Broadcast Executive Guide to Cybersecurity
In conjunction with these courses, DCT Associates has produced written companion guides that serve as useful reference tools for each course. The first two companion guides for Cyber Awareness for Broadcasters and Broadcast Executive Guide to Cybersecurity are available here. Additional companion guides for the other courses will be available soon.
Additional information about the NAB Broadcast Cybersecurity Certificate Program, including a detailed course catalogue, is available here.

FCC Launches Review of Rules to Mitigate Orbital Space Debris

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:19:25 -0500

The Federal Communications Commission today initiated a comprehensive review of its orbital debris mitigation rules. Orbital debris, also known as space debris, consists of a variety of objects, including non-functional satellites, that are orbiting the Earth. Debris can pose a risk to operations in Earth orbit, including satellites and manned spacecraft, and in some instances, pieces of debris falling back to Earth can pose a risk to persons and property on the surface of the Earth. With this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission is seeking to keep pace with technological and market changes, and to incorporate improvements in debris mitigation practices into the Commission’s rules. Today’s action will help to preserve the space environment for continued innovation.
The Commission’s current orbital debris rules were first adopted in 2004. Since then, there have been significant changes in satellite technologies and market conditions, particularly in Low Earth Orbit, i.e., below 2000 kilometers altitude. These changes include the increasing use of lower-cost small satellites and proposals to deploy large constellations of non- geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) systems, some involving thousands of satellites.
The NPRM proposes changes to improve disclosure of debris mitigation plans. The NPRM also makes proposals and seeks comment related to satellite disposal reliability and methodology, appropriate deployment altitudes in low-Earth-orbit, and on-orbit lifetime, with a particular focus on large NGSO satellite constellations. Other aspects of the NPRM include new rule proposals for geostationary orbit satellite (GSO) license term extension requests, and consideration of disclosure requirements related to several emerging technologies and new types of commercial operations, including rendezvous and proximity operations.

VITEC To Highlight EZ TV IPTV, Digital Signage at Government Video Expo

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:24:11 -0500

VITEC announced it will demonstrate its latest generation EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform, which features advanced distribution and playback capabilities for government agencies requiring immediate access to video streams, and its point-to-point/point-to-multipoint MGW Ace HEVC encode and decode solution at Government Video Expo in booth 500 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 27-29.
On display at the show will be VITEC’s EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform, the end-to-end IPTV and digital signage solution for secure dissemination and content management of full motion video streams and offline files to desktops, TVs, and mobile devices. It’s ideal for mission-critical applications and government agencies seeking to view, distribute, and manage situational awareness video and live streams, digital signage, and on-demand content from anywhere. With EZ TV’s new Media Library module, featuring a user-intuitive HTML5 interface, users can quickly find, tag, annotate, edit, organize, playback, and share video assets, including ISR Media with MISB-compliant KLV/STANAG metadata. For viewing live and recorded content on TV screens, the latest release of the platform includes TAA-compliant, high-performance end-points.
Attendees at the show will also be able to see the enterprise workflow deployed by VITEC’s MGW Ace hardware-based HEVC encode/decode solution. Featuring the first HEVC encoder to receive certification from the Joint Interoperability Test Command of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), it is perfectly suited for point-to-point/point-to-multipoint streams. Using VITEC’s second-generation 4:2:2 10-bit HEVC codec (Gen2), the compact, powerful streaming appliance features unmatched video quality and highly efficient bandwidth compression. Built-in advanced stream protection guarantees reliable video distribution over any network. Further enhancing HEVC workflows, the VITEC Playout Server provides an efficient platform to manage, capture, and preview IPTV-protected streams transmitted by VITEC encoders from any location and distribute them within a target network, whether for rebroadcast, video-on-demand, or any other application. When used in conjunction with the MGW Ace, the server is the perfect solution for high-quality, low-bandwidth, reliable contribution over the internet without the use of expensive and less flexible fiber or satellite transmission infrastructure, leading to a dramatic reduction of operating expenses (OPEX).
VITEC will also feature its TOUGH family of portable and rugged encoders built for mission-critical and extreme applications. The MGW Diamond TOUGH quad-channel HEVC/H.264 encoder is the ideal encoder for IP video delivery from multiple analog and/or digital sources within the vehicle or externally over RF or satellite links to support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. The ultra-lightweight, credit card-sized MGW Pico TOUGH is world’s smallest, most power-efficient MIL-STD-certified H.264 HD/SD encoding solution.

FOR-A To Display 8K Upconverter, Frame Synchronizer at InterBEE 2018

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:25:44 -0500

Two new products, an 8K-supporting upconverter and 8K-supporting frame synchronizer, will make their worldwide introduction at Inter BEE 2018. Developed by InSync Technology Products — an advanced research joint venture between InSync Technology and FOR-A — the upconverter and frame synchronizer are both available globally from FOR-A.
Taking place November 14-16 in Makuhari, Japan, InterBEE is the largest tradeshow of media and entertainment in the country. FOR-A will exhibit at the show in Hall 3, Booth #3509.
InSync Technology Products was formed in August of 2017 to aid collaboration between UK and Japan in the design and development of 8K UHDTV signal processing equipment to support current and future international program distribution.
The new InSync IF8K-UCN is a frame synchronizer that supports upconversion of HD/4K UHD to 8K DG (Dual Green). It inputs HD-SDI or quad-link 3G-SDI (3G-SDI x 4) and outputs octa-link 3G-SDI (3G-SDI x 8) signals. Two-way distribution of 8K DG is standard and BB or Tri-level sync reference input is also supported. Standard redundant power supply provides stability and long-term usage. Supporting frame rates are 59.94i or 60i for HD and 59.94p and 60p for 4H UHD. There is no frame rate conversion. ITU-R BT.709 or ITU-R BT.2020 color gamut can be selected for the input. Its’ output supports ITU-R BT.2020.
The new InSync IF8K-FSCC is an 8K synchronizer and color corrector. It synchronizes full 8K video with both 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI signals. Asynchronous input of quad-link 12G-SDI (12G-SDI x 4) or 16 link 3G-SDI (3G-SDI x 16) for 8K can be synchronized by the external reference input and output with quad-link 12G-SDI. It does not provide frame rate conversion.
The IF8K-FSCC has a MADI audio input/output interface. Multiplexer and demultiplexer of audio are supported. Up to 32-channels of audio can be selected from 32-channel MADI inputs and maximum 32-channel audio signals that are multiplexed onto SDI inputs and can be output from SDI (multiplexed) and MADI.

SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund Available to Those Impacted by California Wildfires

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:16:06 -0500

SVG’s Sports Broadcasting Fund is available to those whose homes have suffered damage or been destroyed due to the recent spate of wildfires that have engulfed parts of California. The Fund can assist with costs related to temporary housing and other costs for those in the sports TV production community.
The Fund, established in 2012 by the Sports Video Group, is designed to offer financial support for industry professionals who find themselves in a difficult financial spot due to calamity, illness, injury, or loss of life.
The goal is simple: to be available as a “first responder” and to quickly help those we help pay bills so that recipients can stretch their own cash reserves so that stress related to financial challenges are not piled onto an already stressful situation.
“The Sports Broadcasting Fund was created for situations just like this as those who may have been impacted may find themselves having to fund a gap between what has occurred and when insurance payments and other support will be approved and available,” says Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-executive director, editorial services. To apply for aid please click here.

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