It was in the mid-fifties that Louis Essen and Jack Parry developed the first caesium atomic clock at the National Physical Laboratory so enabling the universal synchronised calibration of time. Today, verifiable accurate time across the world is essential to a multitude of enterprises with global financial services leading the way. The launch of the ST2110 standards suite in 2018 by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) signals the transition from serial digital interface (SDI) to internet protocol (IP) with timing synchronisation being at the core of this standard.
A key issue now faced by the broadcast industry is to learn to adapt and change to implement the new standards, specifically with respect to time harmonisation. Throughout the story of television effective time synchronisation has been a critical success factor and now it’s just as important as we move to a fully IP enabled environment.
To explore this further Bruce Devlin will lead this session exploring why time synchronisation is so important, the challenges this brings to the industry in the IP environment and how these will be met, not least with new concepts such as traceable time as a service (TTaaS).
Do not miss this opportunity to listen to and question experts on timing and synchronisation in broadcast - of where we are and where we are going.
Bruce Devlin; Bruce sees the TV, cinema and media industries moving into a cloudy, IT future with the need to retain the best traditional methods while embracing the best of the IT world. He has a proven track record in developing and delivering cutting edge technology at the BBC, Thomson, Snell & Wilcox, AmberFin, Dalet and SMPTE where he is currently the standards Vice-President. When not engaged with mediatech Bruce has also found the time to win the odd triathlon around the world!
Dr Richard Hoptroff; Richard has long had an interest in time and founded Hoptroff in 2010 with the original intention of supplying smart mechanical watch movements. In 2015, the company repositioned itself by building a proprietary network of timing hubs, incorporating Grand Master atomic clocks, in London, New York and Tokyo. The purpose of this has been to be able to provide Traceable Time as a Service (TTaaS). Having established a strong presence in the fintech sector the company is now developing an offering for the ST2110 world, a standard which enables the transit of media over managed IP networks.
Gerard Phillips; Gerard Phillips is a Systems Engineer at Arista Networks and an experienced Broadcast Technologist with over 22 years' experience driving innovation, latterly at Snell Advanced Media. With a focus on Media and Entertainment, Gerard’s goal is to help bridge the knowledge gap that exists between the Broadcast and IP industries as we make the transition from SDI to IP for Live Production / Playout.