SMPTE’s ST-2110 suite of standards provides an important first step in broadcasters’ migration towards a fully Internet Protocol (IP)-based infrastructure. And the World Broadcasting Union (WBU) has recognised the European Broadcasting Union’s Technology Pyramid for Media Nodes as a guide to understand and simplify steps required to conform to the standards.
The technology pyramid categorises the availability of current technologies and the need of future standards in the form of USDA’S ‘food pyramid’ — media transport stands at the top of the pyramid as it is the most widely adopted and developed standard. However, security standards such as the EBU R 143 Security Safeguards sits at the bottom as is currently under-developed.
Having drawn out the types of standard consumptions, it aims to provide minimum user requirements to build and manage an IP-based media facility.
“Broadcasters planning the move to new IP production facilities for television or radio should engage manufacturers with the Technology Pyramid for Media Nodes and ascertain their degree of compliance,” said Michael McEwen, head, WBU Secretariat.
The pyramid demonstrates the current compliance to SMPTE 2110; thus, elements of the standards pertinent to configuration, discovery and security are still developing and require more work to proliferate.
McEwen added: “Further, the missing standards need to be completed as soon as possible so that broadcasters can make the important migration to IP with the required assurance.”