IBC Daily IBC2018 - Day 1 - Friday 14 September - Page 100

100 STAYCONNECTED show.ibc.org I #IBC2018 OPINION Driving the AI broadcast revolution All businesses are undergoing rapid change in their business models as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing combine to offer the potential for a step-change in efficiency. Industry 4.0 is often used as a descriptor for the way that these technologies combine to produce the ‘smart factory’ which strives to make its own decisions and perform autonomously. Just as Industry 4.0 is revolutionising manufacturing, at TVU we believe that the combination of AI, big data, cloud computing, IoT and content metadata are now ready to revolutionise how we acquire, make and distribute video to deliver Media 4.0. It is driving a huge increase in efficiency through the development of the ‘smart studio’. We are enabling this through the development of our MediaMind Platform and being part of the newly formed Enabled Media Symposium, which sees us collaborating with a group of major industry vendors and broadcasters to further AI in video production processes. The core of the MediaMind Platform is TVU’s unique metadata-driven workflow engine. Combining real-time speech, object and face recognition with TVU’s real-time search engine, users are able to find the video assets most relevant to the story they are covering. With its open API, TVU’s MediaMind Platform is able to integrate with many solutions from its partners, including Panasonic and the Associated Press ENPS. The use of AI allows broadcasters to produce more content and to customise that content to suit the viewer’s individual needs. All this is made possible through the integration of innovative AI-based software tools into an existing workflow. For instance, integrating the latest AI innovations – such as face, voice and object recognition – ensures that time-based rich metadata content can be obtained quickly and efficiently, with a deep learning algorithm that continuously ensures the highest degree of accuracy. Aimed at broadcasters and media organisations of all sizes, including digital content services, MediaMind improves resource utilisation, maximising the value of each individual piece of content. It also ensures that content can be produced faster and more efficiently. Media companies are able to harness the power of AI to deliver a much-needed revolution in how programmes are produced and distributed. It removes the barriers between social media, digital and broadcast programming departments, creating one centralised search engine for all raw materials, live or recorded, that feeds all distribution channels. I’m really looking to demonstrating our AI- driven modules for media acquisition and production applications to customers at IBC. These demos show how through using a combination of voice, face and object recognition in real-time, combined with automated Paul Shen, chief executive, TVU Networks metadata management, media organisations can automate the editing and distribution of specific versions of a piece of content for different devices and platforms. In many future applications, AI-led automation will deliver benefits through increased efficiency, reduced costs and improved performance. In other areas, such as personalised production, AI will bring genuine innovation as well as delivering financial advantages. Either way, both broadcasters and consumers are set to gain. IBC2018 will be the show at which AI makes its move from an exciting and promising concept of the future to driving new real-life applications that will revolutionise how we all get, make, share and monetise video. 2.B28 Crossing the voltage barrier to brighter LEDs Power Gems By David Fox Two new LED power supplies have been introduced by Power Gems, in its first foray into the LED market: a 600W/900W and a 1200W/1800W power supply. Both feature in tegrated power supply and drivers, six continuous current output drivers, optically isolated serial input and output (can support DMX), and flicker- free at all dimming levels. The company has seen the power levels of LED rising to Bring LED a higher power: The new power supplies are premium products the point where it crosses over with its area of expertise – power supplies over 500W and up to 24kW. Most LED fixtures are driven using a low-cost, off-the-shelf power supply coupled to a chopping stage to achieve dimming. Phil Ellams, co-owner and product designer applications, Power Gems, said: “The idea is not to displace these simple solutions which work well for many. We’re coming at this with our knowledge of very high-power fixtures in the HMI market, and we’re producing a premium product for flawless light output in very high power fixtures – particularly for hard-edged luminaires using compact chip on board sources which are starting to come to market.” Where large light panels usually have a 48v maximum input, to comply with Safety Extra Low-Voltage levels, this means higher current, requiring heavy PCB tracking or cabling and undesirable voltage drop, which is why its new range will operate LED strings up to 150v, and it aims to go higher in the future. 12.A41