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Why Do Television Companies Need A Digital Transformation

Why Do Television Companies Need A Digital Transformation

Cloud TV

Over just a few years, the world of television production, distribution, and consumption has changed dramatically. In the past, with only a few channels to choose from, viewers watched news and entertainment television at specific times of the day or night. They were also limited by where and how to watch. Options included staying home, going to a friend’s house, or perhaps going to a restaurant or bar to watch a special game, show, news story, or event. When we are talking about the TV industry has now been completing and moving to the high definition from the standard definition, now the discussion is about 4K and 8K video standard. But before all these things happen, analog based broadcasting needs to transform digitally. That means TV industry is unavoidable needing a disruptive transformation in their ICT platform to cope with the new processes of acquisition, production, distribution and consumption.


Fast-forward to today, and you have a very different scenario. Thanks to the rise of the Internet – and, in particular, mobile technology – people have nearly limitless options for their news and entertainment sources. Not only that, but they can choose to get their news and other media on TV or on a variety of smart devices, including phones, tablets, smart watches, and more.

Improved Business Value From New Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

The world has changed, and continues to change, at a rapid pace. This change has introduced a number of challenges to businesses in the television industry. Making the digital media transformation can do a number of things to resolve these challenges and improve your business and viewership.

With leading new ICT, you can see significant business value and improved marketing and production strategies. For example, making this transformation can vastly improve your television station’s information production and service capabilities. It can also smooth the processes involved with improving broadcasting coverage and performance as well.

With these improvements, your station will have faster response times when handling time-sensitive broadcasts. This delivers to your audience the up-to-the-minute coverage and updates they want across different TV and media devices and platforms.

Improved Social Value with New ICT

A television station that refuses to change and evolve with viewers’ continuously evolving needs and wants will find themselves falling behind competitors. However, a TV station that understands the necessity to make the digital media transformation will have significantly improved social value with their audiences.


Television stations that embrace new technology, digital media, storage, cloud computing and sharing will see massive improvements in social value. Consider that this transformation enables your station to produce timely and accurate reports faster, giving your audience the freshest information and entertainment.

By bringing news and entertainment media to your audience when, where and how they want and need it, you can enrich their lives and promote a culture of information sharing that will also serve to improve your ratings and business. With technologies like cloud-based high-definition video production and cloud-based storage and sharing architectures, you can eliminate many of the challenges and pain points associated with reporting news and bringing TV entertainment to a large audience.

Why Do Television, Media, and Entertainment Companies Need a Digital Transformation?

Consider the basic steps that a TV news station must take to get the news to their audience:

  • Acquisition
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Consumption

For television stations that have not yet embraced a digital media transformation, these steps do not just represent the process of delivering news media to the public. They also represent a series of pain points that can halt progress and delay deadlines. These include:

  • Traditional AV matrices use numerous cables, are limited by short transmission distance for HD signals and require complicated maintenance, slowing down 4K video evolution.
  • Delays when attempting to transmit large video files from remote locations back to the television station.
  • Delays when reporters edit videos because office and production networks in TV stations are separated from each other, requiring them to move back and forth between the production zone and the office zone in their building to do research
  • Delays due to the time it takes to transmit a finished program (between six and twenty-four minutes, depending on the length and whether or not it is a high-definition video) to the audience.
  • 4K video production has much higher requirements on bandwidth and frame rates.

These challenges all occur in traditional structures and architectures for media handling, but they quickly dissolve when a TV station makes the digital transformation and begin using a cloud-based architecture with new ICT.

Keeping Up With Viewer Demand via Ultra High Definition (UHD) Omnimedia

Increasingly, viewers demand more and more individualized experiences. These include interactive programming, rich media, UHD video, and they want it across all applicable devices. Delivering UHD omnimedia is only possible through new ICT, as older IT infrastructures simply cannot scale to the levels necessary to keep up with viewer demands.

Fortunately, through cloud-based architectures and faster sharing, networks and stations may not only keep up with consumer demand but actually surpass it. For example, when using 4K formatting, your station can provide viewers with the highest resolution possible (4096 x 2160 pixels), and your video formatting will be easily scalable for different platforms for the most convenient viewing possible.

Furthermore, by becoming an omnimedia center, your station can enjoy the benefits of converged communications. Essentially, this means that you will be creating information and/or entertainment that can be used in multiple different ways for television, social media, news sites, etc., giving you more coverage and exposure than ever before.

What Is Required to Make the Transformation to Digital Media?

Cloud computing and embracing 4K for video formatting are both essential to digital media transformation, but they are not all that is necessary. Aside from these two elements, television stations can take advantage of advances in technology in a number of ways to improve their marketing and production strategies through the use of new ICTs.

For example, thin clients and cloud computing could enable video editing anywhere and anytime, increasing efficiency. In order to improve the latency between the thin clients and the cloud, with the help of enhanced display protocol, virtual machine and GPU virtualization technology, the new ICT architectures today can enable a smooth editing of 8-track HD video in audio / video synchronization, or even support 6-track 4K video editing on clients via the industry’s only IP storage system.

As mentioned earlier, through cloud computing, it is no longer necessary to physically transport video from a news site to the station. Likewise, it is no longer necessary to do all production work and research in separate areas. Thanks to cloud storage and sharing, these pain points can easily be eliminated, as sharing and sending information becomes much simpler and faster.

An all-IP based video injection process is a must if TV stations want to lower network complexity and simplify system maintenance. There are two ways to approach this:

  1. For example, IP cables can replace traditional SDI signals. Each cable transmits 1 channel of 4K video signal. (SDI requires 4 cables to transmit the same video.) Thus, using IP cables can reduce the number of necessary cables by up to 92%, improving O&M efficiency by 60%, and bringing convenience to system interworking and interaction.
  2. With the help of mobile broadband, WAN accelerated networks, smart phones or tablets, journalists in the field can now shorten the video submission process by 90%. Most importantly, cloud computing allows journalists to edit video anywhere and anytime. With the help of fast trans-coding resources in the cloud, real time video reporting is now possible.

Another major factor in any digital media transformation is big data and data analytics. By collecting and analyzing information on your station’s viewers, you can better create more personalized viewing experiences. Netflix has, perhaps, one of the best and most widely known examples of this, as they have created specific algorithms based on previous customer behavior to predict whether or not a viewer will enjoy a certain film or show, and which media to recommend for any viewer.


Through these and other information and communication technologies, such as the Internet of Things(IoT), SDN (software-defined networking), improved mobile broadband, etc., television stations can bring faster, more accurate, and more convenient news and entertainment to their customers and viewers.

Who Is Leading the Way in the Transformation?

In my opinion, the company who has complete agile innovations across cloud-pipe-device collaboration will lead the way to transformation. One of companies in China called Huawei is now trying to create an ecosystem for the global channel partners and solution partners across the news and media entertainment industry, and it provides an open ICT platform that encourages media industry developers to continue to innovate their products. With strong development in cloud-based architectures, SDN, mobile broadband, and IoT, developers and partners are able to create the most comprehensive solutions that best empower media stations of all kinds to move into the future.

What do you think of the digital media transformation in the Television Industry?

(Originally published September 7th, 2016)

By Ronald van Loon

What Futuristic Tech Will You See In Your Lifetime?

What Futuristic Tech Will You See In Your Lifetime?

Futuristic Tech

The world and what people can do is increasingly being driven by technology. It has already shaped the world we live in, but over the next few decades it is set to shape the world in ways that we can barely imagine.

There have already been some great leaps in IoT technology recently, including home automation, enabling people to control lights, security systems, TV’s and even thermostats from their smartphones.

But what can we expect from the future?

It’s certainly not difficult to see that the world will function quite differently in the next decade or so, and a number of things are developing including:

Implantable technology and the first implantable mobile phone 2023

People are becoming more connected to devices, and those devices are increasingly becoming connected to their bodies. Devices will not just be worn, but implanted into bodies, serving communications, location and behavior monitoring, and health functions.

3D printing and the first transplant of a 3D-printed liver through bioprinting 2024

Many different kinds of materials will be used in 3D printing, including plastic, aluminum and stainless steel.. These will print a huge array of 3D objects including jewelry, toys and gadgets. If that wasn’t enough, in 2024 it’s predicted that 3D printers may create not only things, but also human organs – a process called “bioprinting.”

Artificial intelligence and holographic avatars 2033

Artificially intelligent personal assistants are set to take the form of holographic avatars. They’ll be able to have conversations with you, write emails for you, book appointments, perform tasks, and even anticipate your needs.


To find out what other tech you’re likely to see in your lifetime, take a quick journey into the future. Simply enter your age into this graphic from RS components.

By Brent Anderson

When Sci-Fi Predictions Come To Fruition

When Sci-Fi Predictions Come To Fruition

Evolution of Technologies

To paraphrase science fiction author Arthur C. Clark, those who make predictions about the future are either “considered conservative now and mocked later, or mocked now and proved right when they are no longer around to enjoy the acclaim.” The one thing we can be sure about, Clark ventured, is that “[the future] will be absolutely fantastic.

This was in 1964, and in the decades that followed this statement Clark was able to enjoy the excitement of technological evolution himself. But technology is constantly improving, the boundaries of human comprehension are constantly being stretched, and new technologies and advancements are being discovered at a greater rate than ever before.

These don’t always make headline news because they don’t always have an immediate impact on our lives. The media is interested in the flying cars, hover boards and jetpacks of science fiction, and tend to shun everything else. But as this infographic (Infographic Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist) proves, every passing year brings with it a wealth of new discoveries, ones that even Arthur C. Clark—a man who lived to see most of his predictions come to fruition and one who marveled at technology until the end—would have been impressed with.


These are the building blocks of future technologies, the things that will soon have an impact on the way we shop, the way we eat and the way we heal. This is science fiction made science fact—it doesn’t get more exciting than this.

By David Jester

How Close Are We To Having Mind-Controlled Bionic Prosthetics?

How Close Are We To Having Mind-Controlled Bionic Prosthetics?

Mind-Controlled Bionic Prosthetics

In the previous article, I introduced you to the advancements that we have seen to date with 3D-printed bionic prosthetics. In spite of significant advancements in reduced cost and functionality, there is still a lot that needs to be optimized in order to validate the technology as something that healthcare practitioners will use as the default standard for replacing lost limbs. Even if all the progress that needs to be made is magically completed, there is still a major gap that needs to be addressed: Will we ever be able to have conscious control over the movement of bionic prosthetics? Moreover, will patients be able to ‘feel’ objects with these prosthetics like they did with their normal limbs?

Bionic Realities

Star Wars IoT CESYes, I’m talking about the kind of phenomena that you commonly see in science fiction movies. When Luke Skywalker had his hand cut off with a lightsaber during the “Star Wars” saga, it was instantly replaced with a robotic hand that he was able to consciously control with next to no effort. Are we getting there, or are we a long way away from living this reality? Let’s see the progress that science has made to this date in the fields of robotics and neuroscience.

The first name that comes to mind is Össur, an innovative prosthetics company in Iceland that made breakthrough progress when they were able to have two amputees control their prosthetic legs with their own minds. How was this possible? These legs were operated by implanted myoelectric sensors (IMES) that were inserted into the residual muscle tissue of the patient. When the patient wants to move the limb, the entire process begins subconsciously. This results in the release of electrical impulses that are then received by the IMES, which instantly triggers the desired movement through the use of a receiver that has been planted in the prosthetic limb.

This allows for movement that is both intuitive and integrative in nature. Össur claims that their technology can adapt to walking conditions and the walking style of the user in real-time, but this needs to be developed further in order to successfully give the patient complete and unconscious control of their limbs. Preliminary results indicate that the two subjects still have to consciously think about which limb they want to move and how they are going to move it in order for the technology to work.

Electrode Implants


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That’s not the only significant development that has arisen in recent years. Researchers at John Hopkins University have developed a prosthetic that allows for independent control of each of its five fingers using nothing but the mind. Electrodes were implanted in the male subject’s brain, followed by instructing the subject to attempt to move individual fingers. It took a long time to do the necessary brain mapping in order to see which parts of the brain lit up when the patient was instructed to think about moving a particular finger. After the prosthetic was re-programmed with this new information, they found that the fingers could be individually controlled with 76% accuracy! The gap remains from the fact that there is significant overlap between parts of the brain that control each finger. This makes sense when you consider that we tend to move multiple fingers at once.

So, what’s next for the development of mind-controlled bionic prosthetics? For starters, there needs to be a shift towards non-invasive methods. It is extremely risk to surgically implant electrodes in a patient’s brain, and there lies the hidden assumption that the brain activity required to activate the muscles from the missing limb are still functioning normally.

Another major advancement that needs to happen is two-way communication between the limb and the user. As mentioned in the introduction, we do not currently have the technology to allow patients to feel a sense of touch with these limbs. This is relevant towards those who suffer from paralysis and would heavily rely on this advancement in order to feel the objects that they are grabbing.

Lastly, there would have to be 100% accuracy in the control of these limbs. If they are going to be truly useful to the patient, there should be no room for any mis-interpreted communication signals between the user and the limb. The experience should feel completely normal to the patient, as if they had normal limbs to begin with.

We have only scratched the surface of the capabilities of mind-controlled bionic prosthetics. Future developments will allow for these limbs to be regularly used in the healthcare and military sectors. Science fiction isn’t too far away from being real life!

By Tom Zakharov

Tom is a Master’s student at McGill University, currently specializing in the field of Experimental Medicine. After graduating from the University of Ottawa as a Summa Cum Laude undergraduate, he is currently investigating novel indicators of chemotherapy toxicity in stage IV lung cancer patients. Tom also has 4+ years of scientific research in academia, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. Tom’s first co-authored paper investigated a novel analytical chemistry method for detecting hydrazine in nuclear power plants at parts-per-billion (ppb) concentrations, which can be viewed here.

Is 3D Printing The Technological Advancement In Bionic Prosthetics We’ve Wanted All Along?

Is 3D Printing The Technological Advancement In Bionic Prosthetics We’ve Wanted All Along?

3D Printing Bionic Prosthetics

The field of bionic prosthetics is a hot topic in the healthcare industry that has seen a rapid increase in attention and awareness over the past few decades. It is a bold solution to the long-standing problem of improving the quality of life for amputees. Whether through an unfortunate accident at home or through something devastating like war, these individuals find that life has become much harder with a limb that we take for granted is suddenly non-existent.

Sure, we cheer on and value those amputees who don’t let their circumstances get in the way of living their life to the fullest. We are bombarded with examples of these brave individual on a daily basis thanks to the advent of social media. With that said, we can agree that fully functional prosthetic limbs would do wonders to make life easier for these individuals.

3D Printing

One of the most promising advancements in the field of bionic prosthetics is the application of 3D printing towards the creation of customized and durable artificial limbs that patients can use to resume their quality of life. As great as this is, why is there a need for a new technological advancement in this niche of medical technology?

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Currently, bionic prosthetics take an extended period of time to make and can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars per limb. Even with co-pay and insurance, many families simply do not have the funds available to cover these incredibly high costs. This creates a huge problem that is in high demand of an affordable, fast, and safe alternative to the creation and distribution of bionic prosthetics.

Much like the space race between USA and Russia to see who could reach certain space discoveries and achievements first, there is a similar race going on between multiple individuals and organizations to be the first to make a difference in the world with 3D-printed prosthetics while making a significant profit from it. The game-changer, however, is the accessibility of 3D printing. Anybody can buy the equipment and materials, only needing their own imagination & creativity to be competitive.

A shining example of this principle in action is Joel Gibbard, an engineer in his 20s who has used his company Open Bionics to achieve several ‘world firsts’ in this niche. Late last year, he has successfully fit a person, Daniel Melville, born without a hand with a prosthetic socket that was 3D scanned and printed. This socket was then joined by a robotic hand that provided Daniel with complete autonomous control of it. He could even ‘feel’ as it was a normal limb!


Open Bionics has since moved on to create bionic hands that are customized and entirely 3D printed for the patient in mind. For the children out there who often have to go through painful physical rehab, Walt Disney has paired up Open Bionics to provide bionic hands that are made after their favourite movie characters!

What you and I are seeing right now is just the very beginning, and indeed the scientific community has praised innovators in this niche for the progress that it has made. However, the battle is not over yet. The fact of the matter is that the technology is merely exploratory in development, and more work needs to be done in order to fully validate this technology. Factors such as functionality, benefits, durability given repeated use over a long period of time, and ‘rejection’ by an individual’s anatomy need to be studied in further detail. It is at this moment that innovators are tinkering with every last detail of these 3D printed bionic prosthetics in order to make them a regular practice in your nearest hospital.

Expect to see developments in 3D printed prosthetics for the legs, followed by individual digits on the hands and legs. Some people are even trying to go as far as to create 3D-printed organs that can replace missing or defective organs in the human body, but this is a far more exploratory idea within 3D printing that needs serious research and development before human testing can be done.

In conclusion, 3D printing may very well be the next big thing in the field of medical technology that we are looking for. With the unbelievable amount of promise it has shown to date and the potential it has to save costs on the patient’s end and the hospital’s end, we can expect to see rapid advancements within this field over the next 10 years.

By Thomas Zakharov

Sensors Magazine Reveals 2016 “Best of Sensors Expo” Award Finalists

Sensors Magazine Reveals 2016 “Best of Sensors Expo” Award Finalists

Sensors Magazine Award Finalists

Winners Across Innovation and Applications to Be Revealed June 22nd at the 2016 Sensors Expo & Conference

NEWTON, MA–(Marketwired – Jun 7, 2016)Sensors Expo & Conference (#Sensors16), the nation’s leading event focusing exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, in conjunction with Sensors Magazine, announced today the finalists of the 2016 Best of Sensors Expo Awards. The competition highlights the advances in both innovations and real-world applications of sensors. Winners of the prestigious awards will be revealed by the Executive Editor of Sensors Magazine, Mat Dirjish, at Sensors Expo & Conference on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sensors Live Theater. This year’s awards program is sponsored by Exosite and NimbeLink. For more information, visit

Finalists were selected across two categories. The “Innovation” award seeks to recognize advances in sensor and sensor-related technologies, either in the form of novel technologies or significant improvements in existing technologies. The “Application” award is designed to feature sensor applications, whether commercial or experimental. The goal is to recognize sensor use in the wider world that are distinctive and have the potential to change the way people work or serve a real industry need.

Innovation Award finalists include:

  • ams AG
  • Analog Devices
  • B-Scada, Inc.
  • Bosch Sensortec GmbH
  • Jewell Instruments
  • Libelium
  • NimbeLink
  • Omega Engineering, Inc.
  • Phase IV Engineering
  • Sensirion AG
  • Siargo, Inc.
  • TE Connectivity
  • Texas Instruments

Application Award finalists include:

  • Aichi Steel Corporation
  • colibrys LTD
  • First Sensor AG
  • Libelium Comunicaciones Distribuidas S.L.
  • LMI Technologies
  • Monnit
  • NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC)
  • NimbeLink
  • OrthoSensor, Inc.
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Pico Technology
  • ROHM
  • TE Connectivity

For more information on the award program, please visit:

About Sensors Expo & Conference
Sensors Expo & Conference is widely known as one of the world’s largest and most important gatherings of engineers and scientists involved in the development and deployment of sensor systems. The 2016 event is taking place June 21-23 with Pre-Conference Symposia being held on Tuesday, June 21 and Conference and Exhibits open Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23. For more information, visit Sensors Expo & Conference is produced and managed by Questex LLC, a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA. For more information, visit

Future Startup Ideas: Printing Out Big Innovations

Future Startup Ideas: Printing Out Big Innovations

3D Printing Business Ideas

3D printing has the potential to change the world, though right now it’s being used to make and develop things we’d ordinarily buy. Although we’re very far from creating an extra liver inside our homes, we could stroll into a Manhattan storefront and purchase a MakerBot for $2,200 today. Right now, the Makerbot draws in plastic – but the designs you can make with it will earn you the cost of the machine back – and more.

(Infographic discovered via Pinterest)

The MakerBot can print almost anything, as long as it’s smaller than a shoebox. By using Thingiverse, you can download designs for your Makerbot, create them, and start selling them today. The following are four different directions you could go with your new printer.


Although right now you can only print in plastic, there are a great many tool parts you can download and sell, or just keep for yourself. With the higher end 3D printers, you can make anything from custom guitars, car parts to a giant wrench set in just a couple of hours.

And with 3D printer shipments expecting to grow to 95% by 2017, Walmart will soon be losing some serious business.


Small figurines are the name of the game right now in 3D printing – and the possibilities are endless. Business Insider reports, “McKinsey estimates the total economic impact of 3D printing technology to be $230-$550 billion per year by 2025, $100-$300 billion of which will be direct consumer products such as toys.

You can print from designs that already exist or you can create your own line of toys. You could recreate rare action figures, and really put them out of business on Ebay. Oh, the possibilities.


Many industries, from retail to architecture, make use of models. Right now, most of these companies hire people to create them by hand, but if you were to acquire a 3D printer, you would be a darling of the market.

Many companies would consider hiring you just to design and print models for them, because you would be able to get them done quickly. World demand for 3D printing is projected to rise more than 20% per year, so it’s best to get in early when the growth is that rapid.


There is now a new form of jewelry making. Instead of drawing out designs and assembling them by hand, you can now create the designs on your computer and print them out. This saves an incredible amount of time, as now you can focus on selling and marketing your business instead of painstakingly creating your jewelry – piece by piece.

Etsy invested $ 60 million dollars in 3D printing in 2014, so 3D jewelry is not something that is being taken lightly. Expect the newest trends in the coming years to feature the brightly colored pieces created by 3D printers.

Though it seems stranger than fiction, this is no dream. This technology is growing at a breakneck pace, and will soon touch each one of our lives. It will offer us freedom, control, and unlimited channels through which to save money and earn a living.

By Jeanine Amella

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