IBC Exhibitors I – J – K

i4Things
Stand 14.B33

i4Things, has launched the world’s first Smart Home as a Service (SHaaS) solution designed for telecommunication, internet, pay-TV, insurance and utility service providers to capitalise on a $150 billion a year new business opportunity within an innovative and fast growing market.

“The smart home market is growing rapidly but is currently fragmented between multiple brands with competing and often incompatible technologies,” says Rob Wolters, Managing Partner at i4Things, “Our strategy is to provide a fully managed, secure, scalable and future proof platform that allows any service provider to launch an attractive smart home service. This – in telco terms – “Penta-play” service proposition, allows them to tap into new revenue streams, to reduce churn and to outpace competition.”

“With security built-in by design including fully encrypted communication, automated device password rotation and deep privacy settings, service providers can overcome many of the fears that consumers may have. With its easy setup and self-installation by the user, Consolomio is truly designed for the mass-market. It offers a single, intuitive user interface to manage your entire Smart Home at home and on the go. We provide a broad range of affordable devices and integrate with the major Smart Home retail brands, such as Sonos, IKEA, Philips hue and Amazon Alexa.” Wolters adds.

“Communication and utility services providers are in the perfect position to capitalise on the smart home revolution through their existing subscriber relationship, billing and trusted brands,” says Wolters, “i4Things provides a completely open and modular Smart Home as a Service platform allowing the service provider to define own use-cases and sell pre-packaged Starter-Packs (e.g. Security, Comfort, Energy and Care). Consolomio also integrates with existing back-end systems of the service provider: our “Operator Console” provides a unique service monitoring and management tool for full transparency of the service and pro-active aftersales support.”

At IBC Consolomio is shown with a variety of use-cases, devices and scenarios. On top of that i4Things there launches its brand new “Smart Home TV Dashboard” which combines the best of two worlds – IPTV and Smart Home – in a single TV user interface. Another highlight at IBC is the Consolomio® Control Panel, a wall mount touchscreen device providing the end-user an overview of his Smart Home and the convenience of control at a central spot in the home.

We put a lot of development effort to create the best-in-class Smart Home experience for the mass-market” says Wolters, “therefor i4things takes care of the life cycle management of all integrated smart devices and UI’s within the ecosystem. The service provider and their customers should not need to worry about ongoing device integrations, updates of firmware and API’s, security and ongoing support. This makes Consolomio a true fully-managed service offering.”

i4Things will be demonstrating its solution at IBC 2019 and can be found at booth B33 in Hall 14. Rob Wolters, Managing Partner at i4Things and Oliver Soellner, Head of Sales and Business Development are available for interviews.

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IABM

IABM, the international trade association for broadcast and media technology suppliers, is pulling out all the stops at IBC2019 to support its 500+ member companies. Member services at the show include lounges, meeting rooms and IABM TV. In addition, IABM is continuing its mission to share knowledge and reward innovation across the industry with a series of inclusive events. IABM will also be distributing its Strategic Industry Analysis special report at the show, featuring up to the moment research on the state and direction of the industry carried out in the run-up to IBC2019 by the IABM Business Intelligence Unit.

State of the Industry breakfast session

The show-opening IABM State of the Industry breakfast session is on Friday 13th September at 7.45am in the Forum, under the banner ‘Seeing clearly in the cloud – strategies for business transformation’. The session kicks off with a run-down of the latest IABM research findings on how the supply and buying sides of the industry are faring, and where we are heading next.

The broadcast and media industry is at the tipping point of its transformation to an on-demand, data-driven world with the cloud at its heart. Every level of our industry is being disrupted – people, technology and business practices. Powered by IABM’s business and technology insights with expert presentations and an interactive debate, the session will explore the challenges and opportunities of transformation to a cloud media ecosystem. Panellists include: David Kline, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Viacom; Timothy Shoulders, President, Grass Valley a Belden Brand; Morwen Williams, Head of UK Operations, BBC News; and Bhavik Vyas, Head of M&E Global Partnerships and Alliances, Amazon Web Services (AWS).The IABM State of the Industry breakfast session is always well-attended.

IABM Future Trends Theatre in the IBC Future Zone

Following its highly successful debut at IBC2018, the IABM Future Trends Theatre returns for this year’s show with more than twice as many presentations across a huge range of future-looking topics. The presentations are designed to give attendees an understanding of new technology and business trends and how they can enable business plans now; to illustrate this with practical, real-world use-cases; and look beyond the horizon at emerging technologies that will bring new possibilities. The IABM Future Trends Theatre is running from Saturday 14th September through Tuesday 17th.

Future Zone Launch Party

IABM has got together with the IET to launch the Future Zone with a bang on Friday 13th September, 5pm – 7pm. With an international guest list from the broadcast and media industry, the Future Zone Launch Party will provide an ideal opportunity for networking with colleagues, competitors, visitors and the wider industry at a fun and relaxing event where attendees can exchange views and ideas at the end of the first day of the show

BaM Awards party

Saturday 14th September, 6pm: The IBC2019 edition of the BaM Awards® has attracted a record 189 entries – a clear demonstration of the value to innovators of the industry’s only truly independent technology awards. IABM’s BaM Awards recognize outstanding innovation in each of 10 categories across the entire BaM Content Chain. Open to all IABM members and the trade press, the BaM Awards party celebrates and rewards the winners with IABM’s coveted BaM winners’ sculptures – the culmination of an arduous judging process carried out by IABM’s panel of 40+ independent experts over the weeks running up to IBC Show. As well as giving attendees a first-hand view of the top innovators, the BaM Awards party is also a prime networking opportunity.

IABM member lounges and meeting rooms

IABM has two member lounges at IBC2019 – in the Hall 8 foyer and on Level 2 in the Amtrium (Hall 4) – the latter with bookable meeting rooms. With ample seating and Wi-Fi available, the lounges are a great location to conduct meetings away from your booth or to catch up on business in a quiet, stress-free environment.

IABM TV

IABM TV will be relaying members’ news from the show floor and covering panels on developments in each segment of the Bam Content Chain as well as presentations to continue growing the Knowledge Vault on the IABM website into the industry’s most comprehensive and up-to-the-minute reference resource.

“Once again, we’ve pulled out all the stops to help our members get the most out of their investment in IBC,” said Peter White, CEO, IABM. “As well as supporting their activities, we’re also providing unique platforms for engagement and the exchange of ideas across the industry to help everyone do better business now and also be prepared for the future as the rate of transformation in broadcast and media continues to accelerate.”

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iconik
Stand 7.D67

iconik will be demonstrating its latest version of its cloud-based media management hub at IBC 2019. iconik transforms video management through making both local and cloud-based assets discoverable in a single interface. Recent and upcoming iconik updates will provide users with its new Versioning feature as well as a metadata mapping feature.

iconik’s upcoming Versioning feature will enable users to update the same assets concurrently whilst tracking update history and relevant conversations regarding the media. This feature allows users to streamline content editing and management by allowing users to effortlessly revert to previous versions.

The most recent iconik update enables embedded metadata, such as IPTC, XMP, and EXIF to be added to asset metadata fields. When new media is uploaded to iconik, mapped field values like dates, times, camera settings, license info and more can be automatically added into the asset’s metadata.

Parham Azimi, CEO, iconik, commented: “Video has quickly evolved to become one of the most important forms of media; it is consistently providing organisations with great audience engagement. Content providers need flexible solutions that increase workflow and cost efficiencies whilst accommodating collaboration with others across the globe. iconik has been purpose-built to enable video providers to manage their content within a next-generation media management solution. Our iconik updates provide users with features that not only improve their experience, but productivity and efficiency.”

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Ikegami
Stand 2.A31

Ikegami’s recently released HQLM-3125X is a 31 inch 4K-UHD master-grade monitor with a 4,096 × 2,160 pixel 10-bit resolution and high brightness (1,000 candela per square metre). Designed for critical image evaluation in broadcast production control environments, the panel employs double-LCD-layer technology to achieve a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio with true black reproduction. A layer of light-modulating cells allows pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity, reducing light leakage and black floating. Fully compliant with BT.2020 wide colour gamut, the monitor incorporates single-channel 12G-SDI x 2, 3G-SDI × 5, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI inputs as standard features.  Viewing angle for critical image evaluation is a wide 178 degrees (horizontal/vertical). 1D and 3D LUTs are supported. The HQLM-3125X can be controlled remotely via Ethernet, RS-485 or locally from the front panel.

In the same series, the Ikegami HQLM-1720WR is a compact UHD HDR monitor for a wide range of broadcast applications. It is equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard for efficient configuration with equipment such as cameras and switchers. 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs are also provided as standard. The HQLM-1720WR employs a 16.5 inch 3840 × 2160 pixel UHD LCD panel using LED backlight and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images.

Ikegami will also demonstrate an HDR option for its HLM-60 family of high-definition broadcast quality monitors. This option includes electro-optical transfer function tables for HLG, S-Log and S-Log3 in addition to conventional gamma. It can be added as a retrospective upgrade to all monitors in the HLM-60 series which currently comprises models HLM-2460W, HLM-1760WR and HLM-960WR. All three can be controlled remotely via Ethernet, RS-485 or from the front panel.

Ikegami’s HLM-2460W incorporates a 24-inch 10:9 Full-HD 1920 x 1200 pixel 400 cd, 10-bit resolution LCD panel. Multi-format SDI, 3G-SDI, HDMI, Ethernet and VBS inputs are provided as standard. Operating features include 2x and 4x zoom, dual-picture split, dot-by-dot display, timecode display, user-marker display (preset/user-configurable) and shadow function, under-monitor and in-monitor channel identification display. Test signal generation, waveform monitor and vectorscope facilities with adjustable image and test signal mixing are also provided.

A smaller version of the HLM-2460W with similar features, the HLM-1760WR has a 17-inch Full-HD 1920×1080 pixel 450 candela per square metre 10-bit resolution LCD panel.

Optimised for use in ultra-compact mobile production vehicles, Ikegami’s HLM-960WR is a highly compact multi-format LCD monitor with a 9-inch Full-HD 1920 x 1080 pixel 400 candela per square metre 8-bit resolution LCD panel. This model offers very narrow front-to-back dimensions, light weight, AC or DC operation and low power consumption. An optional battery bracket is available. A USB connector on the front panel allows setup file storage and recall as well as control-menu navigation via a plug-in pointing device.

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Insync Technology
Stand 2.A46

At IBC2019 in Amsterdam, InSync Technology will introduce FrameFormer Live, a highly scalable, professional grade software standards conversion solution that enables live real time conversion of SD, HD, and 3G content using CPU only processing with cross platform support. FrameFormer Live can run in any standard IT environment, on premises or in the cloud, and can be accessed as a stand alone application or an integrated service.

“Broadcasters and content owners continue to rely on proprietary hardware for cost effective, real time frame rate and format conversion for live applications,” said InSync Technology Chief Technology Officer James Shepherd. “Software solutions for live standards conversion are beginning to emerge, but they require expensive, dedicated compute resources with provision of GPUs, which is inflexible and can be costly. FrameFormer Live breaks that paradigm by offering live, software based standards conversion that can run on any suitable CPU devices.”

Unlike other solutions, FrameFormer Live does not require access to GPUs, giving users complete freedom to choose what server to run their conversions on or, in the case of cloud-based deployments, the flexibility to quickly scale the service up/down with the ready provision of CPU-only compute resources.

FrameFormer Live opens up new possibilities for workflow efficiencies for broadcasters and content owners of all sizes and scales. Building on InSync Technology’s 16 years of experience in video and signal processing research and product development, FrameFormer Live uses a suite of highly efficient, proprietary motion compensated processing tools to achieve consistently high quality conversion for any originating size, frame rate, and aspect ratio.

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Insys Video Technologies
Stand 5.C80, pod P03

OTT video solutions innovator Insys Video Technologies is heading to the IBC2019 exhibition in Amsterdam in September with a powerful new cloud-based video recording solution and a two-pronged exhibit strategy. In addition to its own standalone presence in pod P03 (located in the walkway between IBC Halls 7 and 8), the company will highlight its collaborations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in demonstrations at the AWS stand (5.C80).

Making its world debut at IBC2019 will be the new Insys Cloud Video Recorder, which expands the scope of Insys’ offerings beyond commercial OTT media services into broader applications and markets. Targeting educational institutions and public sector organizations such as governments, the cloud-based Insys Cloud Video Recorder is designed to enable customers to record live video streams; store, analyze and catalog the recordings; and play out the content whenever and wherever viewers want.

Leveraging proven technology from Insys’ enterprise-class OTT video platform, the elastic Insys Cloud Video Recorder is well-suited to any live-stream archiving needs, but particularly ideal for recording content such as Parliamentary Assembly meetings, conference sessions and university lectures. Live streams and recordings can be viewed online through an embeddable player, while on-demand clips can be downloaded in a wide variety of output formats. Other key features include advance scheduling of recordings and automated audio transcription.

Insys will also demonstrate the latest enhancements in its flexible, white-label OTT solutions, which allow media enterprises to easily manage, monetize, distribute, and promote their content through branded, full-featured websites and apps. InsysGO lets MVPDs and service providers launch compelling OTT offerings spanning many channels in as little as 30 days, while Insys OneChannel delivers similar functionality with a streamlined viewer experience tailored for presenting a smaller number of channels. Last but not least, Insys VoD allows content providers to easily offer their video libraries for on-demand viewing across a broad range of devices.

Product demos will highlight Insys’ API integration with AWS Media Services, a family of fully-managed services that make it fast and easy to transport, prepare, process, and deliver broadcast and OTT video. Insys solutions feature API integration with the AWS Elemental MediaLive broadcast-grade live video processing service; the AWS Elemental MediaConvert file-based video transcoding service with broadcast-grade features; the AWS Elemental MediaConnect high-quality transport service for live video; and the AWS Elemental MediaPackage service, which reliably prepares and protects video for delivery over the Internet.

Insys solutions also incorporate API integration with Amazon Rekognition Video, a deep learning-powered video analysis service that detects activities; understands the movement of people in frame; and recognizes people, objects, celebrities, and inappropriate content. Insys’ OTT platform and the Insys Cloud Video Recorder use the API integration with Amazon Rekognition Video to automatically identify people such as celebrities and politicians within recorded content, while the OTT solutions can also detect and blur out viewer-sensitive content such as nudity and violence. Meanwhile, the audio transcription feature in Insys Cloud Video Recorder is powered by API integration with the Amazon Transcribe automatic speech recognition service.

“While we continue to expand the capabilities of our renowned solutions for OTT service providers, we are excited to bring our proven technology and expertise to a wider range of customers with the launch of Insys Cloud Video Recorder,” said Insys CEO Krzysztof Bartkowski. “We look forward to unveiling it to IBC attendees, and to showcasing our ongoing relationship with AWS in demonstrations both at their stand and our own.”

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Intinor
Stand 14.D10

Intinor Technology, Sweden’s leading developer of products and solutions for high quality video over IP networks, will launch a newly combined router panel and video mixer for the highly portable Direkt link remote production backpack at IBC 2019.

Intinor’s Direkt router is used by major broadcast and production companies for video switching and mixing on the fly, and with the new router panel and video mixer combination the unit can provide GFX-overlays and PiP.

Direkt link can send video streams to multiple receivers, including Intinor’s own receivers, designed primarily for cable TV or channel control rooms; streaming servers for web TV; DTV boxes for OTT; PCs running VLC; and receivers from other manufactures.

Intinor CEO Roland Axelsson said, “The flexibility and versatility of our Direkt link range just become even more so with our new router panel and video mixer integration, and we are delighted to featuring it at Europe’s premiere broadcast technology showcase.”

The new Direkt link backpack system configuration can be adjusted using the new router display and keypad, or from a web-interface. The interface provides the ability to build profiles and adjust parameters for each broadcast location. Those profiles can contain and retain information on the network, content destination, and video-quality. The Direkt link system can store a broadcast on a USB stick for later use in on-demand or other video applications.

The unit will also have a new NDI input, which further expands Intinor’s collaboration with NewTek and other leading NDI developers.

At IBC, Intinor will also introduce ‘Direkt link tower’, a computer chassis that includes the powerful Direkt link encoder. The tower is pre-configured to esports-mode, Intinor’s performance level 6 (x264 preset “SLOW”). This is the same encoding performance that is used worldwide for major esports tournaments like DreamHack, Blast Pro Series, PGL, Gfinity and many more.

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IO Industries
Stand 12.G65

IO Industries will premiere their new camera, Volucam, at IBC. Designed specifically for volumetric video capture studios, the camera incorporates key innovations resulting in accelerated workflow, simplified studio configuration and reduced support time.

A typical volumetric video capture studio employs an array of machine vision camera heads interfaced with a cluster of external PC’s for recording and storage. After a recording session, data is transferred from the PC cluster into the rendering farm’s centralized storage for processing. This means there is a delay before processing can start in the rendering farm.

Volucam eliminates the delay to processing by allowing direct data transfer to the rendering farm’s storage while recording is in progress. Volucam’s internal high-capacity storage buffers raw video while the camera’s 10GigE fiber optic port simultaneously transfers buffered video to the rendering farm’s storage via a 10GigE switch. A PC cluster is no longer needed for temporary video storage, tremendously simplifying studio configuration. The reduction in hardware and cabling results in a studio that’s easier to configure, operate and support.

IO Industries said Volucam will initially be available with options for 1TB or 2TB of physical internal storage. A lossless compression engine in the camera can be optionally enabled to extend recording times.

IO Industries indicated Volucam will include models featuring a variety of Sony’s IMX global shutter CMOS image sensors with selectable frame rates. Some examples are 12MP/60fps, 4K/90fps and HD/300fps.

Other camera features include precise multi-camera synchronization, LTC input, live video output with 12G-SDI, an interchangeable lens mount for C-mount and Canon EF-mount lenses and optional camera control software to manage camera settings in large scale studio configurations.

A live demonstration of Volucam can be seen at the IBC exhibition in Hall 12, Stand G65.

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Irdeto
Stand 1.D51

At IBC 2019, Irdeto will be showcasing Irdeto App Watch, a service in the Irdeto Armor for Android TV solution, which gives operators insights into app usage and control over malicious or piracy apps on Android TV. Irdeto Armor provides the ability to securely manage this open platform and achieve the fastest deployment time for hybrid set-top boxes. Irdeto will also be showcasing its scalable watermarking solution, Irdeto TraceMark™, as well as the associated services to combat piracy for live and VOD content on any network.

It’s no secret that video streaming services are becoming the mainstream method of consumption globally. Open application platforms with extensive app stores will play an influential role in the future of pay TV, allowing operators to build premium hybrid STBs quickly and at low cost, while giving consumers both broadcast TV and the OTT apps they crave. However, with increased choice comes a greater threat from illegal content sources – After all, content redistribution piracy is the number one threat facing the pay TV industry. Irdeto Armor for Android TV leverages intelligent services which combine cutting edge IoT protocols with big data to detect and address app-based piracy and other security risks on open platforms, to ensure that operators can make the move with confidence and secure their future.

Irdeto will also be focused on the evolution of cybercrime and piracy at IBC, as well as how operators can secure connected homes and manage the Wi-Fi experience. Through informational videos and meetings with domain experts, visitors will discover new options to compete by giving consumers a better experience and reducing costs and risks for operators.

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