IBC 2014, the conference and exhibition hosted by the beautiful city of Amsterdam, in the generous confines of the RAI facility, came to a close last week. The exhibition, spread across 14 halls and spanning 5 days, attracted more than 55,000 attendees to see the latest offerings and technological advances of over 1500 exhibitors. It’s an exciting place to be… there is a tangible buzz generated from the proximity of so many industry experts and enthusiasts, from veteran business leaders to smart start-up engineers.
My overwhelming take-away from the event was of the continued pervasiveness of the cloud and the cloud services ecosystem. Media management in the cloud, transcoding in the cloud, metadata in the cloud, playout in the cloud, archive to the cloud, cloud DVR, cloud UI rendering, cloud collaborative editing and post-production… and more. The barrier to entry for service providers to launch new, cost-effective, value-add features has never been lower, leveraging the scalability, reliability and efficiency gains that cloud computing together with the SaaS model enables. The movement from hardware to software services is also a driving force behind a slower but inevitable transition, that is, the adoption of IP for the end-to-end video signal path from camera to cutting room to consumer.
At the Cisco Booth
I was privileged to be exhibiting on the main Cisco stand, demonstrating a product which I’ve helped develop. Videoscape TV Analytics is a cloud service which provides deep insights into the viewing population: both who they are and how they use your service. We are able to predict Read More »
Tags: cloud, cloud dvr, ibc 2014, Service Provider, tv analytics, video, videoscape
This is an exciting week for Cisco and for the Health IT industry at large. Two big industry events are taking plan this week: Epic’s Users’ Group Meeting and National Health IT Week.
Epic’s 2014 Users’ Group Meeting: Down on the Farm
If you are planning to attend Epic’s 2014 Users’ Group Meeting from September 15-19 in Verona, WI, be sure to visit the Cisco booth (#316) to see solutions that improve the patient experience and facilitate collaboration, including:
- Cisco Virtual Sitter Patient Observation: Video-enabled, centralized approach that allows trained staff to monitor multiple high-risk patients while also delivering two-way communications to alert clinical staff about potential patient situations.
- Cisco Jabber: All-in-one collaboration application that brings together video, voice, and IM on any device.
- Cisco Extended Care: A personal health and wellness collaboration platform, enabling patient engagement and care team interactions at any time and from anywhere.
Also, drop off a business card to register for a chance to win a $250 American Express gift card.
National Health IT Week: One Voice, One Vision
National Health IT Week (NHIT Week) is a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology. Cisco is one of 425 healthcare partners helping to bring this important cause to the forefront of the nation’s attention through events in Washington D.C., at the HIMSS 9th Annual Policy Summit, and other events throughout the week. Follow tweets at #NHITWeek.
How the Internet of Everything enhances the quality of care
Both of these events highlight how hospitals and healthcare providers are now using the power of the Internet of Everything to expand their outreach within and outside their healthcare organizations. From connecting patients with chronic medical conditions to using mobile technologies to help remind patients to take their medications on time, hospitals are incorporating new and innovative ways to improve the efficiency of care-delivery. Cisco is here to help you adapt to these changes in accessing quality care and bringing expert care to your patients.
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, healthcare, Internet of Everything, video
Written By Christelle Gental
The IBC (International Broadcasting Conference) opens again in Amsterdam this autumn with Cisco demonstrating advanced solutions that push the envelope of new technologies offering Service Providers new and innovative services to their customers whilst reducing the costs in delivering these advanced services utilizing newer infrastructure architectures.
Cisco’s report on the growth of Internet traffic (the VNI Global IP Traffic and Service Adoption Forecast) declares that by 2018, the world will reach 2.5 trillion Internet video minutes per month. That’s 5 million years of video will cross the Internet each month. The quality of video is also increasing, with 4K video technology now becoming available. Soon this will become mainstream as video Service Providers are gearing up toward providing HEVC across all delivery platforms -- cable, satellite and broadband.
It isn’t just the high resolution services that are changing; the demand from customers to view their content on more and more devices, with differing formats and a more ‘personalized’ experience, is still prevalent. New trends are also starting to emerge. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is an exciting new market for Service Providers to explore and leverage to provide innovative new services outside the traditional delivery of video. Cisco have been at the forefront of the IoE revolution, with John Chambers predicting that IoE will have a significantly greater effect on people’s lives than even the internet has done!
As services provided to customers change, so do infrastructures. An example is the move from large private data centres to Read More »
Tags: 4k, broadcaster, cloud, hevc, ibc 2014, Service Provider, video, videoscape, virtualization
After the already well-established distribution, contribution and file-based IP workflows, the next step towards an IP based infrastructure is live production. Broadcast facilities are now at the beginning of this long-term transition journey for the live production market.
Many of those involved in the industry developing traditional broadcast production networks may still have limited experience with the new technologies, protocols and standards that enable the convergence between broadcast and IP. Such a transition will take time to occur due to the current investment in the existing live production related technology and workflows.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are hosting on their International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2014 booth (10.F20), an All IP Live Production demonstration provided by Cisco, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and Tektronix emphasising on how multi-vendor live production architectures are today feasible, practical and easy to use by existing staff.
The demonstration highlights how a low latency Cisco Nexus 3548 based network enables the BBC R&D developed Stagebox devices to deliver video, audio, tally and remote camera control over IP between a studio and a production gallery (production control room).
Leveraging the built-in Read More »
Tags: ibc 2014, ip, live production, professional media network, Service Provider, television, tv, video
I recently read a great article that talks about how midsized companies can take advantage of slow periods to visit customers, partners, and others to better understand their needs.
The article comes from Erik Sherman from the National Center for the Middle Market. Part of Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, the center provides knowledge, leadership, and innovative research on U.S. midsized businesses.
Sherman provides is great advice, but in a fast-moving, highly competitive economy that never seems to slow down, I would add the following points:
- Getting to know your stakeholders shouldn’t be just a once-a- year activity
- Engaging with them shouldn’t be limited by the ability to travel due to time or budget constraints
Let’s take the case of engaging with employees and co-workers. As middle market companies continue to lead economic growth and job creation, Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, Hybrid Cloud, IP communications, midmarket, ROKA Sports, video, video conferencing