AIMS Partners With AES on New Audio-Over-IP Technology Pavilion at AES New York 2018

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced that it will join forces with the Audio Engineering Society (AES) to host the first Audio-Over-IP Technology (AoIP) Pavilion at AES New York 2018, co-located with the 2018 NAB Show New York at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, Oct. 17-19. The AoIP Pavilion will consist of six demo pods, an AIMS demonstration area, and a Pavilion Theater, all of which will highlight the latest in AoIP technology and compatibility, including AES67 and associated technologies as they relate to SMPTE ST 2110.

Seventeen AIMS members will participate in the AoIP demonstration area, which will show a wide range of IP audio devices that will include compatibility between AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110. The demo will consist of three racks of fully interoperable audio equipment exchanging IP streams.

The Pavilion Theater will offer a range of educational presentations from representatives of industry groups and leading manufacturers, mostly AIMS members. The presentations will cover topics such as the basics of AES67; the relationships between AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110; IP audio-stream monitoring; the anatomy of a full-stack implementation; and successful real-world deployment. The Pavilion Theater’s 30-minute presentations will run continuously throughout the three days of the AES convention and will be available for free to all attendees of both AES New York 2018 and the 2018 NAB Show New York.

“AIMS and AES created this pavilion because we recognize the growing importance of media networking in the pro audio and broadcast industries,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “Whether you deal with networked audio for broadcast and streaming, live sound, or studio recording in any number of applications, everyone from audio networking novices to experienced audio and networking engineers will walk away from the AoIP Pavilion with valuable insight into media networking from many of the leading experts in this field.”

The AoIP Pavilion will also include six individual demonstration pods, four of which will be occupied by AIMS members ALC NetworX, Riedel Communications, Studio Technologies, and The Telos Alliance. Several of the pods will be connected to the main AIMS demonstration area, providing a live demonstration of audio networking over IP.

Companies participating in AIMS demonstration area are:

  • ALC NetworX
  • Archwave
  • Artel Video Systems
  • DirectOut
  • Focusrite Audio Engineering
  • Genelec
  • Lawo
  • Luminex Network Intelligence
  • Meinberg
  • Merging Technologies
  • Riedel Communications
  • Solid State Logic
  • Studio Technologies
  • The Telos Alliance
  • Ward-Beck Systems
  • Wheatstone Corporation
  • Yamaha

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AIMS Membership Swells to 96 Members Following MNA Merger

Since the organization’s merger with the Media Networking Alliance (MNA) was announced late last year, more than 20 companies have joined AIMS.

The following companies have joined AIMS since the MNA merger, bringing the total number of member organizations to 96: ALC Networx, Attero Tech, Alteros Inc., Axis, the BBC, Bosch, Digigram, Direct Out, DongGuan 3G Audio Technology Co. Ltd., Focusrite, Genelec, Hangzhou Linker Technology, Luminex, LYNX- Technik, Mellanox, Merging Technologies, Ningbo Soundking, QSC, Suzhou FITCAN, TOA, Ward-Beck Systems, Wheatstone Corporation, and Yamaha.

The former MNA organization was focused on AES67 interoperability, and its membership included companies doing business in the broadcast, professional audio, pro AV, and installation markets. After a two-year history of collaboration, the MNA and AIMS memberships voted to merge last December and form a single trade association for promoting IP in the media and entertainment industry. The new joint organization has retained the AIMS name and is governed by the existing AIMS bylaws. Through the merger, former MNA members are now working through AIMS on adopting common methodologies for transport, registration and discovery, connection management, and other areas of interoperability.

“Like AIMS, MNA members were committed to adopting a standards-based approach to interoperability. In their case, it was interoperability between various IP-based audio networks via the use of AES67, and they made tremendous strides toward that goal,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS chairman of the board. “By merging with AIMS, these companies are having even broader impact on the industries they serve — and they’re a driving force behind true industry-wide AV IP interoperability across the broadcast, installed systems, and live sound markets. We’re proud to welcome former MNA member companies to the AIMS fold, and with their input we’re continuing to expand our influence across a larger cross section of the media and entertainment industry.”