ICG endorsement scheme launched by IABM
WORLD: The IABM has launched an endorsement scheme for Industry Collaborative Groups (ICGs) working in broadcast and media technology. The association believes the initiative will help encourage collaboration across a range of industry issues and opportunities, from education and best practice to standardisation and interoperability.
‘We have launched the ICG Endorsement Scheme in response to the many challenges our industry currently faces,’ said Peter White, IABM CEO. ‘Whether it’s SDI to IP, HD to UHD, HDR or WCG, traditional or new age delivery, there is a plethora of issues around standardisation, best practice and interoperability that need to be solved.’
The association has laid out a number of criteria that ICGs must meet to gain its endorsement. The ICG must be beneficial to the industry, its entities must be engaged in the entertainment and media industry and it should have an open, standards-based approach where appropriate. Equally, it must have a non-discriminatory approach to membership, be non-profit, be free or only charge reasonable membership dues and not favour the commercial interests of an individual company. Finally, the ICG should share relevant information with IABM and present its views in a professional, non-partisan manner.
‘Collaborative groups can be an excellent way of moving things forward quickly and efficiently. However, if they are not properly constituted, these groups can sometimes lead us down blind alleys or serve the commercial interests of just a few,' noted Mr White. ‘Our ICG Endorsement Scheme has been carefully formulated to avoid these pitfalls, and we envision that endorsed collaborative groups will have the authority and momentum to solve problems and lead the industry forward by supporting and promoting industry standardisation while avoiding proprietary dead-ends.’