AMWA and EBU Announce Roadmap for Interoperable Media Services

Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 20 2010

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and The Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) announced today that the two organizations successfully held a round table session around SOA and the Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS).  During these sessions users were invited to highlight the market needs for a FIMS solution.

During the round table FIMS announced the a 2-phase roadmap for developing specifications.

Phase 1 will consist of a common service definition format, after the high level architecture and framework described in the request for technology is first refined. This framework will cover all system and management requirements (service management, awareness and communication, content and time awareness, security, framework extension). The framework will be built upon IBM (SOA based Media Services Framework) and Sony (Media SOA Framework) proposals with the valued experience of service developers and users from Amberfin, BBC and Cinegy. The project will also address container issues seeking maximum compatibility with AAF and MXF.

Phase 2 will subsequently investigate the possibility of defining common services using the framework developed in phase 1. All respondents have already suggested key services.

AMWA’s Brad Gilmer said that the need for this work is obvious because “media companies are being asked to deliver more programs to more platforms while operating under a very restricted economic environment. They care about the FIMS work because it provides a standardized framework within which they can design and implement facilities which meet their needs now, but also allow them to more easily adapt to the future. File-based facilities are the way of the future, and FIMS is at its core.”

You can read the full EBU / AMWA press release here.

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