Q: What new product(s) is your company showcasing at IBC 2012 this year?
A: At booth 8.B70 we’ll be showing VideoIPath 2.5, the new version of our complete end-to-end managed video services platform that combines market-proven transport hardware with state-of-the-art web-based management and control. It bridges the gap between a transport infrastructure and the core services of a media transport provider, making connections simple and affordable by automating complex processes and minimizing the need for expensive specialized hardware.
The 2.5 release offers a modular architecture allowing solutions to be customized according to customer needs, including support for third-party devices. Numerous enhancements have been made to the user interface, including a control panel for broadcast end users. It supports multi-format video and audio encapsulation, as well as JPEG 2000 and H.264 compression, while multiple protection schemes ensure robust signal protection. It now also supports Nevion’s VikinX Sublime routers.
We’ll also be showcasing new Ventura IP video solutions such as the new VS909 media edge processor, and enhancements to the VS902 universal IP video transport platform and the VS906 codec for audio interfacing. We’ve continued to develop the VS901 for high quality, low latency JPEG 2000 compression and the VS904 for H.264 compression over bandwidth-limited infrastructures.
We’ll also be highlighting the latest advances to our Flashlink family of products for service adaptation, optical adaptation and signal processing, that bring new levels of flexibility and versatility. Finally, new monitoring and control solutions include a new touchscreen panel, as well as a new router control system for our VikinX Sublime range of routers.
Q: What are you most excited to see while at IBC 2012?
A: We’re looking forward to seeing the reaction of the broadcast and service provider communities to the continued evolution of managed video services. Regardless of network type, the ability to seamlessly transport, manage and control services, from end to end, is becoming increasingly important. And Nevion’s VideoIPath enhancements continue to push the envelope of what’s possible.
Innovations in optical networking are also sure to be a hot area. Easily leveraging optical fiber’s benefits is on nearly everyone’s mind.
Q: What trends in technology do you see on the horizon?
A: The broadcast industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation. At the forefront is a shift to IP for distribution of television services. The lingering fear of IP for professional broadcast is slowly being overtaken by the value it brings. By deploying proven IT business practices for service and network management, IP can provide tremendous value to the broadcast industry. IP provides greater efficiency and can optimize many operational aspects—from physical resources to bandwidth—and reduce capital expenditures.
Technology is no longer a barrier to IP’s acceptance. Security, latency and quality—perhaps the three most significant elements of professional broadcasting—can be assured when properly managed. Years of investment in legacy infrastructure need not go to waste. Emerging media network and service management technologies can manage both environments, and harvest more value from past investments.
Market forces are driving IP adoption at an ever-increasing rate. Consumer technology has evolved to the point where it now drives the market. The range of connected devices available—at price points that make them nearly ubiquitous—have transformed media consumption. Users demand access to content at anytime, any place, and on any device. These trends are forcing the industry to convert to a more IT-focused environment. A period of true convergence of legacy broadcast systems with IP and IT broadcast technologies is upon us.
Q: Can you share a little bit about your company and what makes it stand out from the rest?
A: Nevion takes a fresh approach to today’s dynamic video environment. In an era of increasing content, more complex formats, bandwidth constraints, and limited budgets, we work across network types to build fully-managed networks of the future, from legacy infrastructure upgrades to entirely new digital systems.
Leading service providers like BT, Deutsche Telekom, AT&T and Telstra, broadcasters such as EBU, BBC, NBC and CNN, and government organizations including NASA, trust Nevion solutions year after year, transporting video from events such as the Olympic Games, the Oscars, FIFA World Cups, and the Super Bowl.
Fully integrated video networks are designed with intelligence and automation, helping customers meet their video networking needs, as well as monetize content and open doors to new revenue streams.
Nevion’s creative thinkers apply engineering ingenuity to create solutions that are recognized for low power consumption, multiple functionality, ease of use, scalability, and flexibility. Whether a customer’s needs span buildings or continents, Nevion’s modular transport solutions, state-of-the-art compression and routing deliver faster, safer and more efficiently.