IBC to honour FIMS

Aug 23, 2012, 09:16 ET from IBC

LONDON, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBC, a leading tradeshow for the electronic media and entertainment industry today announces that FIMS – the Framework for Interoperable Media Services – is to receive the Judges' Prize at IBC2012. The project is a joint initiative between the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In recent months it has celebrated both the publication of version 1.0 of its specification and its first large-scale implementation, by Bloomberg Television.

With the broadcast industry moving rapidly towards file-based file exchange and production infrastructures, there was a pressing need for industry standardisation on the way that core metadata should be stored and presented. The real benefits of file-based technology can only be realised if there is a seamless interface between the installations of different producers and broadcasters, and between the products of different vendors.

AMWA and EBU recognised not only the immediate need for this agreement, but that it could not be imposed: it had to be agreed. So it brought together in the FIMS initiative virtually all of the manufacturers in the segment, together with a large number of broadcasters from around the world. It is this collaboration to achieve a necessary goal quickly and efficiently that IBC has chosen to mark.

"IBC values sharing knowledge above all else, and in developing practical standards so quickly, the FIMS partners had to share their knowledge if the resulting standards were going to be robust enough to be useful globally," said Michael Lumley, Chairman of the IBC Innovation Awards. "It is right that we celebrate broad collaboration across the industry, and I am delighted that we can honour EBU and AMWA for their efforts in driving the FIMS project, and Bloomberg on behalf of all the partners, as the pioneering implementer of the standard."

The IBC Judges' Prize will be presented to FIMS, along with the International Honour for Excellence to NHK. In addition, the IBC Innovation Awards, Exhibition Design Awards, Special Award and the Best Conference Paper Award, which will be given to the Fraunhofer Institute for telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute will be announced during the IBC2012 Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held in the RAI Auditorium at 18:30 on Sunday 9 September. Doors open at 18:00 and all IBC attendees are invited to come to the ceremony.

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Conference 6 – 11 September 2012
Exhibition 7 – 11 September 2012

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