Broadcast Beat Magazine September, 2015 - Page 24


The IBC Innovation Awards have shortlisted 10 finalists who will appear at IBC2015. They are end-users of collaborative projects who have brought together the best technology partners and benifitted from innovative thinking. The 10 finalists are within three categories: content creation, content management and content delivery.

Content Creation

The Singer Takes it All: Channel 4

The first nominee is the UK’s Channel 4 and it's talent contest The Singer Takes it All. This was entirely dependent on an app, first to allow the contestants to audition karaoke-style, then for realtime voting on live shows to choose a winner.

Technical Partners: Endemol Shine Group, Chunk, Tectonic Interactive, Electoral Reform Society

ViLoR (Virtualised Local Radio): BBC Local Radio

Technical Partners: Atos, Broadcast Bionics, Cisco, Comrex, EM Computers, EMC2, Glensound Electronics, HP, MI Mobile, Mayah, Microsoft, Oracle. SCISYS, Technica del Arte, Telos Axia, VMWare, Vodafone, Vortex

ViLoR – Virtualised Local Radio – is the BBC’s project to reinvent services for the regions of the United Kingdom, keeping the content local but using innovative technology to reduce equipment costs by 75%.

NBA Replay Center: National Basketball Association

Technical Partners: Evertz, Cisco, Samsung, The Systems Group, Zayo

As part of its mission to be the most respected sports league organisation in the world, the National Basketball Association (NBA) operates a central broadcast facility in Secaucus, New Jersey. Now it has added a powerful replay centre, managed by software-defined networking, to allow its officials to provide review and decision-making.

Content Management

Innovative Remote Operations: dock10

Technical Partners: Avid, Limecraft

Dock10 has rapidly developed into one of the most efficient production and post production powerhouses in the UK. It has always encouraged collaborative and remote working, and its implementation of Field Dock, which allows creative teams to connect into its post network from locations or anywhere else they choose, earns it the fourth nomination in this category.

Video-Over-IP for Content Distribution: Disney/ABC Television

Technical Partners: Imagine Communications, Arista Networks, The Systems Group, AC Video Solutions

Disney/ABC Television Group has implemented a realtime IP distribution system for content around its New York distribution facility, based on 40 and 100 gigabit ethernet and handling uncompressed HD for more than 200 affiliated stations across the USA.

IBC Issue September 2015