Aperi using software to present a new approach to live production

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A brand new stand at IBC 2018 will see Aperi – a pioneer of software-driven live remote production – demonstrate the technology that content producers and distributors all over the world are using for faster, more efficient live productions.

Aperi will demonstrate a live 4K production chain that relies on Aperi’s production platform to achieve true remote production. Visitors to the show will see firsthand how deploying a software-based workflow, instead of traditional hardware-only or hybrid architectures, enable broadcast functions that can be turned on or off, as needed. Demos of Aperi’s latest ACIPS high QoS source-timed clean switching products enabling significant bandwidth savings will also take place.

Underpinning Aperi’s technology is V-Stack, an innovative FPGA-powered software platform that provides much more compute power than CPU- or GPU-based processing. Optimised for live production, it provides a much faster and more agile remote production with lower latency.

With the V-Stack at its core, Aperi is the only low-latency platform in the broadcast industry that enables the start and stop of broadcast functions through apps with flexible licenses. The platform is also the industry’s first to be built with container-based technology fully integrated, with automatic discovery and registration proven in the data center software world, removing the need for manual processes and administration or field engineers.

During the show, visitors will be able to see how Aperi’s V-Stack reduces seconds of latency to just milliseconds. V-Stack’s RESTful API structure underlies an easy but resourceful integration with any orchestration system.

“The Aperi team is returning to IBC after a very busy summer of new and extended customer deployments, ready to show visitors how they can benefit from a shift in their approach to live production,” said Joop Janssen, Aperi’s CEO. “The newest updates to our platform will only increase our customers’ ability to output the highest-quality live programming faster and more effectively. Our dynamic licensing, for example, is an industry first and allows operators to achieve simple workflow management through the spinning up and down of broadcast functions and floating them around network edges and core locations.”

The stand will also feature the latest IP security and monitoring solutions for SMPTE-2110 and 2022 production and delivery networks to ensure valuable programming is kept safe throughout the production chain. These include software-integrated NAT & Firewall, hitless, FEC, A/B and auto-microserver failover and self-healing mechanisms.

An Aperi remote production network can either be deployed on generic FPGA-powered servers or Aperi’s dedicated edge servers. A new addition to Aperi’s product range, the A1101, an intelligent new one-blade microserver with an integrated IP switch, will also be on the stand. Demonstrations of the unit will show how users with more limited signal service needs can deploy smaller edges on their networks.

Aperi will be exhibiting at the RAI Amsterdam as part of IBC 2018, the show that takes place between 14 to 18 September.

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