GLOBAL ITV European Consortium is composed by 8 full partners from six different countries: Germany, France, Switzerland and Spain. Two partners, the EBU and the Worldwide Web Consortium, are World Class organizations in their field.
IRT – Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik GmbH (DE)
IRT is a non-profit broadcast and multimedia technology institute dedicated to research and development for the benefit of the public.It is entirely and jointly owned by the Public Broadcasters of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (ARD, ZDF, DRadio, ORF and SRG/SSR).
IRT will act as the Coordinator of GLOBAL ITV building upon many years of solid experience in the definition and introduction of interactive and hybrid TV systems. Consequently, IRT will take the responsibility for the specifying the GLOBAL ITV platform in a joint effort together with the Brazilian and European Consortium members.
IRT will ensure that the strategic goals of the project are achieved when aiming for a co-existing and convergence of technologies for future hybrid TV. The activities will be strictly aligned with continuously evolving market needs with the clear target to globally harmonize hybrid broadcast broadband technologies.
A-CING – Aqua Consult Ingenieros, S.L (ES)
A-CING is a Spanish company with professionals and researchers who count many years’ experience on research in the networked media, broadcasting field, satellite communications, spectrum managing and planning, and specific challenges associated to SMEs.A-CING staff has participated in numerous research projects, both as partner and as coordinator, having conducted successful achievements in the standardization domain (DVB, ETSI, CENELEC, ITU), spectrum utilization, policy recommendations, international networking.
The company staff has been working for the Spanish Policy Body, Secretary of State for Information Society and Telecommunications- SETSI) from 2006 until now on spectrum planning and management projects, with 8 people fully involved on these projects nowadays.The A-CING staff is deeply involved in the European and Worldwide activities on broadcasting, standards, innovation and spectrum policies, being fully aware of the procedures and the mechanisms to make inputs to regulatory and standardization bodies.
A-CING is leader of WP6, dealing with the project dissemination and the establishment of the EU-Brazilian ITV Council. A-CING is also leader of tasks T1.2 (Reporting and financial management in Europe) and T2.2 (Functional requirements for Connected TV).
Fraunhofer – Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. FOKUS (DE)
The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is an autonomous organization with a decentralized organizational structure, which currently maintains 56 research institutes and is the leading organization of institutes of applied research and development in Europe.
Fraunhofer FOKUS has a long experience in TV related middleware and applications, dating back to implementing an MHEG-5 engine and application back in the late 1990’s. Activities followed the changes in technology with activities in MHP based applications, IPTV related activities, including work within OIPF and Microsoft MediaRoom applications, to currently mostly CE-HTML and HbBTV related applications and services.
Fraunhofer FOKUS will utilize its competence in the area of creating multi-device platforms (including the TV domain) and interactive applications on hybrid and interactive televisions, combined with the expertise in creating public interest and broadcast related applications to contribute to GLOBAL ITV use cases and scenarios, participate in specifying the GLOBAL ITV platform and, as a main focus within the project, implement, test and demonstrate applications for the platform.
Working at the heart of the digital revolution, TDF is developing a multi-format and multisupport terrestrial platform for managing and distributing audio, video and data content to all types of receivers. As a dedicated broadcaster and designer of telecom networks, TDF is positioned at the nexus of the new digital, mobile and multimedia technologies by using all means of transmission: terrestrial, ip, satellite, etc. for years, TDF has been creating innovative solutions, to the point it is now developing tomorrow’s communications, channels such as digital cinema, 3D, connected DTT, video on-demand, catch-up television, digital radio, web broadcasting, real-time traffic display and ultrahigh speed telecom networks.
TDF has developed innovative solutions in connected TV: it concerns platform (internal development) with adaptive streaming and DRM management and services : e.g. Restart , second screens. TDF wants to go further in hybrid television in the development of new services for tablet in connection with live programs, synchronisation of interactive services with live streams. TDF participates to HbbTV2.0 specification. TDF will contribute to GLOBAL ITV in bringing its expertise in the management operational platform for the requirement and platform definition in the development in 2nd generation connected TV services and more specifically in the interoperability problem management.
Cellnex – former Retevisión – is a telecommunication company addressed to provide network infrastructure and telecommunication. Retevision was founded in 1989 as a public corporation responsible for ensuring the radio and television signal to reach Spanish homes. Its clients were the main public and private broadcasters.
In year 2000 Retevision formed part of the GrupoAuna, which provided fixed and mobile telephone, audiovisual, Internet and cable services. The Retevision audiovisual network was chosen to set up the first Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform in Spain. In 2003 after completing the division process from GrupoAuna, Retevision’s audiovisual business became part of Abertis, thus strengthening the presence of the group in Spanish telecommunication.
Cellnex will be involved in the establishment of EU-Brazilian ITV Council and will support all task and activities defined in the WP6, as well as the organisation and structure of the council.
Symelar – Symelar Innovación SLU (ES)
Symelar is a SME created in 2011 to carry out the research activities of the previous company SDIdigital Media Solutions. Symelar operates in the niche of convergence between ICT and Media and particularly in the connected TV and smart TV areas.During the last 6 years the Symelar team has participated in 13 R&D projects (Spanish and European) such as Alcazar Digital TDT and “HTML Environment for interactive applications in DTT”.
Symelar is one of the main promoters in Spain of the so called “Entertainment Digital Formats” as videogames or audiovisual complex interactive applications that will enrich audiovisual content in connected TV sets or alternative screens such as tablets and smartphones.
Symelar will participate in WP2 and WP3, leading Task T2.2 Functional Requirements, and having a crucial role in Tasks T3.2 GLOBAL ITV platform specification and Task T3.4 GLOBAL ITV playout prototype.
EBU ‑ European Broadcasting Union (CH)
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the largest professional association of national broadcasters with 75 active Members in 52 countries of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and 50 associate Members in 30 countries further afield. Founded in February 1950, and merged its Eastern European counterpart OIRT in 1993, the EBU negotiates broadcasting rights for major sports events, operates the Eurovision and Euroradio networks, organizes programme exchanges, stimulates and coordinates co-productions, and provides a full range of other operational, commercial, technical, legal and strategic services.
Cooperation in the technical sphere is one of the EBU’s major activities, and it is at the forefront of research and development of new broadcast media. EBU has led or contributed to the development of many new radio and TV systems: radio data system (RDS), digital audio broadcasting (DAB), digital television (DVB), high- definition TV (HDTV).
Using its vast expertise in media distribution with hybrids models combining traditional broadcasts techniques with a IP based networks as return channel. The EBU will contribute in indentifying requirements and use case and is ideally placed to work through the scenarios envisaged by GLOBALITV, understanding their practical applications and using its members as a sounding-board for these where appropriate.
W3C – World Wide Web Consortium at GEIE ERCIM (FR)
ERCIM is a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), a network of centres of excellence with one member institute from 20 of the European countries represented. ERCIM has its central office located in Sophia-Antipolis, France. ERCIM is the European host of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). The W3C is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards.
W3C’s mission is: To lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web. Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and others created W3C as an organization dedicated to building consensus around Web technologies.
W3C will lead the standardization activities of the GLOBAL ITV project in Task 6.4, and contribute to scenarios, requirements and specification work packages (WP2+WP3). Also, participant in the Council under WP6.
TARA – TARA Systems (DE)
TARA Systems is an independent, technology-driven provider of flexible software components, tools, and services for embedded CE devices, as well as automotive and mobile devices. More than 20 years of experience in these sectors enable us to offer our customers innovative products.
Regarding WP3, TARA will contribute to the platform specification and will act as the task leader for the GLOBAL ITV set-top box prototype development with its accumulated expertise on software design and implementation. In WP5, TARA will support the field tests and evaluations based on the previously developed prototype. Finally, in WP6, TARA will support networking & dissemination events like major fairs and trade shows with the resulting set-top box prototype.