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5G & Innovation in Live Workflows

5G & Innovation in Live Workflows

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IBC Accelerators 2021 5G & Innovation in Live Workflows Final Showcase Highlight


What was the Challenge objective? 

The objective of this Challenge was to explore innovation in these areas and the impact for live production, to include connectivity and new forms of IP production. 
 
As we move to IP and cloud-based production, we see a number of emerging technology solutions being offered.  The risk is that development may proceed as islands of technologies, without interoperability and the ability to function across multiple platforms at different scales. As such, the risk is a fractured market as we focus on small step innovations. The team therefore took a holistic view in looking at the workflows as a whole to give production teams the best options dependant on their requirements, budget and scale. 

What’s the innovation? 

“For this Accelerator, we’ve been looking at workflows as a whole to see how we can give production teams the best options for them – and our proof of concept demonstrates an open workflow where they can connect from anywhere and run their production processes how and where they want.” Ian Wagdin, Project Lead and Senior Technology Transfer Manager at BBC R&D said:  

The impact and significance of this challenge is that it will enable us to choose how we connect and where we run our services. This approach will join together several areas of investigation into an end-to-end workflow run across multiple platforms. 

Final POC Showcase 

The PoC Showcase for this project was to have been a demonstration of the Private 5G Network in a backpack, the LEO workstream and Cloud/ Edge workstreams in the show floor at IBC, as part of IBC Digital’s roving news reportage (workflows and architectures developed for this discussed on the recent IBC Digital session (link and highlights above). However, since the show did not go ahead in Amsterdam in December 2021, the team is looking at opportunities and use case to demonstrate these elements in early 2022. Further news to come…

Key workstreams within the project, and areas to be explored as part of the challenge are:

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Low Earth Orbit Satellite (LEO) led by BBC.

Low Earth Orbit Satellite (LEO) led by BBC.

Explored:

  • Rollout roadmap 

  • Bandwidths, latency and contention metrics 

  • How location, environment, weather could impact  

  • Possible use cases 

  • Kit required on the ground to utilise 

5G Private Networks, led by BT Sport

5G Private Networks, led by BT Sport

Explored:

  • Continuation of the 2020 5G & Remote Production Accelerator 

  • Tier 1, 2 and 3 tier vendor 5G private network solutions (in addition to academic solutions) 

  • How close we are to seeing deployment and business cases emerge? 

  • Scalability 

  • Use of mmWave 

  • Different architectures 

  • Practical limitations, licences etc 

Multi-Access Edge Computing, led by OBS  

Multi-Access Edge Computing, led by OBS  

Explored:

  • IaaS:  blueprints for deployments for events/temporary service addressing: provisioning, networking, security 

  • Application Layer for video – reduce latency, in-venue service, … 

  • Business case scenarios – for Venue owners, for event organizers, for broadcasters 

  • Public vs Private Edge cloud, integration and provisioning – hybrid cloud – also a topic for “Multiple Cloud Deployments” 

  • Contribution v Distribution 

Multi-Access Edge Computing, led by OBS  

Multi-Access Edge Computing, led by OBS  

Explored:

  • IaaS:  blueprints for deployments for events/temporary service addressing: provisioning, networking, security 

  • Application Layer for video – reduce latency, in-venue service, … 

  • Business case scenarios – for Venue owners, for event organizers, for broadcasters 

  • Public vs Private Edge cloud, integration and provisioning – hybrid cloud – also a topic for “Multiple Cloud Deployments” 

  • Contribution v Distribution 

2021 Champions:

2021 Participants:

FINAL POC RESULTS

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