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Nationwide Alerting Test Rescheduled for Oct. 3, 2018

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:14:50 -0400

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the nationwide test of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS), originally scheduled for September 20, 2018, has been postponed to the back-up test date of October 3, 2018. The WEA test will originate at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and the EAS test will originate at 2:20 p.m. The test is being rescheduled due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.
All Participating Commercial Mobile Service Providers and EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test. EAS Participants shall file the “day of test” information sought by ETRS Form Two at or before 11:59 PM EDT on October 3, 2018.4 EAS Participants shall file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three on or before November 19, 2018.

AIMS Adds Diversified, Studio Technologies, World Wide Technology To Roster

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:13:05 -0400

LCD TVThe Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) announced that three more companies have joined the organization. Diversified, Studio Technologies, and World Wide Technology have signed on as associate members.
Diversified is a technology solutions provider delivering digital media, broadcasting, OTT, collaboration, and electronic security solutions to a global clientele across a wide array of markets including financial, media and entertainment, enterprise, energy, higher education, technology, health care, hospitality, government, and more. As an engineering-centric organization, Diversified’s specialized teams of technical experts partner with clients to design custom solutions that enhance their operations, increase productivity, and help drive ROI.
Studio Technologies designs and manufactures tailored, high-performance video, audio, and fiber-optic products for the professional audio and broadcast markets. Its products are used in broadcast studios, stadiums, and corporate environments. Its growing line of audio-over-Ethernet products is receiving wide recognition. Product categories include fiber-optic transport, intercom and IFB interfaces, announcer consoles, and loudspeaker monitor control systems.
World Wide Technology (WWT) helps organizations discover, evaluate, architect, and implement advanced technology. WWT’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is a collaborative ecosystem that helps customers, partners, and employees design, build, educate, demonstrate, and deploy innovative technology products and integrated architectural solutions. WWT’s virtual lab connects the company’s engineers to the ATC when they’re working onsite with customers and partners, making collaboration, design, and test solutions in sandbox environments easier. The ATC brings hundreds of technology companies into one environment to drive real innovation.
“Every new member adds to AIMS’ depth of knowledge, experience, and resources and strengthens the effort to prompt the use of standardized media-over-IP solutions. It underscores the commitment of the industry as we roll out more and more IP systems in the media and entertainment space,” says Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “We’re pleased to welcome Diversified, Studio Technologies, and World Wide Technology into the AIMS family.”

SMPTE Publishes Two Documents on Immersive Audio

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:53:58 -0400

LCD TVTwo new standards-related documents from SMPTE target immersive audio. The Immersive Audio Bitstream Specification document defines a coded representation (bitstream) of an audio program. The Immersive Audio Metadata standard defines metadata for use in creating immersive-audio content for cinema.
In the former document, information is included to describe typical uses of the format. The bitstream carries audio essence and metadata necessary to reproduce a complete immersive-audio program.
The latter standard, for cinema, defines the metadata items that will be supported as well as, if appropriate, the range of values, value precisions, and cardinal values. The format of the metadata items when carried in a bitstream or file is outside the scope of the specification and is provided in the Immersive Audio Bitstream Specification.
“The bitstream document is really the meat-and-potatoes of this,” observes Brian Vessa, executive director, audio, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and founding chair of SMPTE’s 25CSS standards committee, which drew up the documents. “These were written for cinema initially, but they are being widely repurposed for other applications, including broadcast.”
As the definition of broadcasting itself is becoming more plastic, with the same content streamed over the internet and beamed through the ether, he adds, the need for defined and interoperable metadata and master-file format is dramatically increased. He notes that content companies, including Netflix, have already embraced these new standards, and others, notably Apple, are implementing and integrating them into their content-distribution schemes. It is essentially an updating of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF), the SMPTE file-based framework that allows various versions of media formats to be efficiently represented, managed, played back, processed, and transformed on other file-based systems.
“The takeaway is that, by having a standardized immersive-audio bitstream format, all content is usable under many different circumstances, not just within the proprietary tool set in which it was created,” says Vessa. “For broadcast applications, this allows the creation of a mezzanine-type file that can be read and transcoded into whatever flavor codec you want. That’s the magic in it.”
The documents have been published and are now available in the SMPTE digital library on the IEEE Xplore platform.

Former Cobalt CEO And Product Director Join Multidyne

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:19:45 -0400

LCD TVMultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions last week announced two appointments aimed at helping to shape the company’s future.
Bob McAlpine, most recently CEO of Cobalt Digital, will serve MultiDyne in a key global advisory role. Jesse Foster, who was Director of Product and Business Development at Cobalt Digital, takes on the role of Director of Product Development and Western Region Sales.
Both will represent MultiDyne at IBC2018 in Amsterdam, Sept. 14-18, and meet with customers and the company’s partners. They will report to MultiDyne President Frank Jachetta.
Foster will be responsible for driving new product development to strengthen MultiDyne’s fiber-optic transport family and broaden its reach throughout broadcast and production infrastructures. His responsibilities also will include development of new MultiDyne openGear modular cards.
Foster joins MultiDyne as it opens a new service facility in the Los Angeles area (1221 Avenida Acaso in Camarillo, Calif.). In addition to repair, design and engineering services and technical sales support, the facility also will serve as a supply outlet for video accessories.
McAlpine joins MultiDyne through his Black Pearl Management Group consultancy, which he founded in August 2018. He will focus on the growth of sales globally and market penetration around the world, the company said.

Shure Unveils New Sales, Marketing Office in India

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:17:35 -0400

Shure announced it has opened a new Sales and Marketing office in Bengaluru, India. Furthering the company’s presence in Asia, the office officially opened on August 1, 2018. The new location supports the Company’s commitment to managing its sales channel in South Asia, including India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal, and Pakistan.
The location enables Shure to be closer to its customers and increases its accessibility and response time to market challenges and opportunities. While the new office will solidify Shure’s presence in the region, customers will still be directed to purchase products through established distributors and partners.
“India has experienced exponential business growth during the past few years and has become a hub for Fortune 500 companies and AV manufacturers alike,” says Mark Humrichouser, Vice President of Global Sales at Shure. “The new office presents an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to this lucrative market and better understand the customer, which is imperative for long-term success.”
Country Director Chicco Hiranandani will lead the new Bengaluru office. He will be joined by Market Development Manager Devraj Panicker, who will oversee corporate end-customer engagements with a focus on Integrated Systems solutions. Looking ahead, Hiranandani will be working closely with channel partners to instate a long-term, dedicated growth plan for South Asia to support the Company’s vertical market goals.
“By opening the office in Bengaluru we now have a closer presence to our customers and partners,” he says. “We look forward to building new relationships — and nurturing established ones — with this important region.”

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