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The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) has announced that, after nearly two years in existence, it has demonstrated significant cross-vendor interoperability, proving that the standards it recommends are usable and supported by a large portion of the vendor community.

In December 2015 AIMS formally began to foster adoption of one set of common, ubiquitous, standards-based protocols for interoperability over IP in the media and entertainment industry. Since then, AIMS has grown to over 70 members, representing the lion's share of the industry in terms of workflow and operations impacted by IP — all of whom agree that the AIMS roadmap is the best way to achieve a common IP workflow. That roadmap, which incorporates the work of standards and specifications bodies such as AES, AMWA, SMPTE and VSF, has found wide acceptance throughout the industry.

AIMS members have reached several milestones themselves — collectively deploying over 100 SMPTE ST 2022-6-based IP systems worldwide, and recently at IBC2017 achieving interoperability between 52 vendors using the recently approved SMPTE ST 2110 standard. Through these efforts, AIMS members have shown that standards-based IP for live production, playout and contribution applications is practical and viable, delivering benefits including scalability, flexibility and improved resource-sharing.

Going forward, besides continuing to establish and promote SMPTE ST 2110 interoperability, AIMS is looking towards continued collaboration with its industry partners including AMWA to forge a common, interoperable path to higher-level functionality beyond SMPTE ST 2110 transport, including automated registration and discovery, connection management, and dematerialized facilities. Also, the entire AIMS board of directors has been re-elected to another term.

“In a little less than two years, we have moved from an uncertain future for IP to widespread vendor adoption and a massive response from the industry,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “There's no way we could have accomplished this enormous undertaking without people who are absolutely dedicated to it — including our own members and those in the standards organisations with whom we work so closely.”

He added: “I'm honoured not only to have earned AIMS members' confidence but to continue working alongside my fellow board members, who have led the AIMS organisation through two years of incredible progress toward a common, standards-based IP workflow. There is still much to do, though, including orchestrating successful deployments based on the recently approved SMPTE ST 2110 standards, providing education to the industry, and fostering the adoption of open standards and specifications for IP interoperability beyond just the transport layer. We look forward to the challenge.”