Broadcast automation, playout and graphics provider Pixel Power has joined the Aspen group of companies that are adopting the organisation’s framework for building IP facilities.

Aspen is a coalition of more than 30 manufacturers and end-users.

“We are delighted to be part of the Aspen community at this critical stage in the rollout of IP technology in broadcasting,” said Pixel Power chief technology officer Nick Wright.

“For quite some time, we have been working with broadcasters to aid their transition to IP and virtualised platforms. It was a logical step to join Aspen as an effective community, working together in a collaborative environment to benefit our industry.”

Aspen (Adaptive Sample Picture Encapsulation) describes its framework as a standards-based, open format that moves uncompressed Ultra HD, 3G, HD, and SD signals over MPEG-2 transport streams (ISO/IEC 13818-1).

Aspen, which was founded at IBC last year, provides a framework for transporting separated video, audio and metadata as independent IP multicast streams.

“Pixel Power brings a unique background in graphics production and integrated playout technology to the Aspen Community,” said Aspen co-chair Mo Goyal.

“As an international automation, branding and graphics innovator, Pixel Power has successfully integrated their graphics excellence into an environment of software workflows and virtualized environments.

“This expertise will help to further develop the Aspen technology.”