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BES Expo 2007

BES EXPO 2007 – 13th international conference-cum-exhibition on Terrestrial and Satellite Broadcasting, organised by the BES(I), was held from 1st to 3rd Feb 2007 at Pragati Maidan (Halls 7D, 8, 9 & 10) New Delhi.

The Expo was inaugurated by
Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Hon’ble Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs in the august presence of Sh S.K. Arora, Secretary I&B; and Mr David Astley, Secretary General, Asia Pacific Broadcast Union (ABU). Mr Roger Crumpton, CEO of International Association of Broadcast Equipment Manufacturers (IABM) was the keynote speaker.
The theme of the EXPO had been chosen as
Multifaceted Broadcasting – Present & Future keeping in view that increasing use of IT related technologies and digitalization has changed the broadcasting scenario from old conventional to multifaceted structure and as it has helped in improving the quality of broadcast and adding new dimensions to programme contents based on interactivity.
While inaugurating the EXPO, the Hon'ble Minister of I&B had mentioned that broadcasting setup in the country has been witnessing all around growth. The government policy makers have been playing the role of the facilitator. However it is the broadcast industry and the players, both public and private broadcasters, who have to play greater role for the development of the broadcasting so that benefits of open sky policy reach the people. He had emphasized that one of the important task at present is the introduction and migration to digital broadcasting wherein government of India has already setup a working groups/sub-groups for the finalization of the policy for digitization of broadcasting in the 11th five year Plan.

Shri S. K. Arora, Secretary Ministry of I & B while addressing the gathering had emphasized that the success of broadcasting sector depends upon the four aspects similar to four legs of a stool. These are as follows:
  • Technology
  • Economics of technology – Investment & Returns and Financial Viability
  • Management Aspects
  • Regulatory Environment
He had mentioned that BES(I) is playing an important role in providing the requisite technological platform. The second & third aspects are being taken care by Pvt. & Public Broadcasters and the Govt. is taking care in providing necessary regulatory environment in promoting the broadcasting sector in the country. He had further stressed that the major deciding factor should be the welfare of the consumers.
Mr. A.S. Guin, President BES(I), while welcoming all invitees to the Expo, had mentioned that the future of broadcasting lies in Digital Environment. He had further mentioned that BES(I) has played a very important role in the introduction of new technologies in the country. He had cited India being the potential audience of billion people as the broadcaster's dream. He had also stressed on the importance of convergence between broadcasting multimedia, telecommunication and IT as driving force behind new products & services. He had informed that latest broadcast technologies on display in BES Expo includes:
  • Low cost solution for community Radio
  • Mobile TV
  • Content Management solutions
  • IPTV
  • Radio & TV Production and Broadcast Systems
  • Digital Radio etc.
Mr. David Astley, Secretary General, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) had also addressed the inaugural session. Mr. Astley, a well-known key figure in broadcasting field, had acknowledged the emergence of India as one of the largest & most rapidly growing TV & Radio market in the world. He emphasized on the need of understanding the new IP related broadcast technologies such as IPTV, TV via DVB-IP & radio via DAB-IP etc. He had expressed that BES Conference will help in understanding these technologies in better way. He had also mentioned that the other exciting development is mobile broadcasting such DMB, DVB-H etc. He had stressed on the need for development of Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS), which will help in saving human life & other resources during natural calamities like Tsunami Disaster.
Mr. Roger Crumpton, CEO IABM in his keynote address had highlighted the economical aspect of the broadcasting and had mentioned that the goal is to provide Consumers with best services at the lowest cost.
The event was organized by Broadcast Engineering Society (India) and was approved by Govt. of India. It was endorsed by International Association of Broadcasting Equipment Manufacturers (IABM) and was supported by Prasar Bharati (AIR & Doordarshan), UNESCO, ABU, DIT and IGNOU.
Over 300 exhibitors from India and abroad had displayed the latest broadcast equipment systems and services in the field of radio, television, satellite, Internet and Interactive broadcasting in the EXPO.


Mr. Harman talked about the audio measurement in audio and digital domain. He discussed various kinds of disturbances caused by passive and active components of audio chain. He stresses the importance of jitter measurement and proper characteristic of filters in digital domain.
Mr. R.Ganesh from Tektronix elaborated upon assuring video quality.

Session 1
Mobile TV- Anytime Anywhere was chaired by Mr.
Sharad Sadhu A.B.U.
According to Mr. Pawan Gandhi, Nokia Singapore, Mobile TV is an integral part of overall mobile service provisioning. Competitiveness requires that an open standard based virtuous cycle is replicated also for mobile TV. Open standards is the key to users of mobile TV. Nokia is actively contributing to both DVB-H IPDC and OMA BCAST standardizations efforts.

Shri Nikhil Jain from Qualcomm India in his presentation “Mobile TV in more than from 3G” explained, how mobile TV is popular all over the world. Two thirds of the household in the world use mobile phone which is 7 times more than TV users. He also stressed the need for an open standard.
Mr. William Lam
During this presentation for “Receivers for mobile broad casting” talked about the evolution & mobile telephone technology evolution from 3 to 3.5 G, 4.G, etc.
Mr. Arun Gupta in his presentation on “Single conversant Network” said the mobile devices are becoming thinner and becoming more intelligent, multimode and multibrand, day by day. He also explained media gateway, multicast services and distribution on the core network.

Session 2
The session on emerging scenario on digital radio was chaired by Mr. A. Bhaskaranarayana of ISRO which was quite informative Mr. Yogendra Pal had discussed the various choices available for storage, recording and editing etc. of audio programmes in digital media. He had outlined the emergence of IP based audio networking and had cautioned that the Broadcasters have to be careful while choosing a particular medium or system. Mr. Peter Senger chairman DRM gave a brief history of evolution and development of DRM and its current status in different parts of the world. He also mentioned that DRM+ the extension of DRM upto 108MHz is under the process of development and the tests are likely to commence in late 2007. He appreciated that AIR has also commended experimental transmission on one of its SW transmitters.

Mr. Charles W. Kelly gave information about HD Radio in general and its ready for VHM-FM band in particular. Mr. Norman Livaart nicely explained various issues required for content protection and safe delivery mechanism of content.

Session 3
The Session III on “Role of broadcasting in Warning & Disaster Management” was chaired by Shi Baljit Singh Lalli, Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharati. The panelist Shri P.G. Dhar Chakraborty from National Institute of Disaster management, India delivered a talk on “Broadcaster’s preparedness for Disaster”. Mr. David Astley, Secretary General, Asia-Pacific broadcasting Union, Malaysia elaborated upon “Disaster Management & Prevention – the role of broadcasters”. Dr. Yasuhiro Ito from NHK, Japan had discussed on the subject “Emergency Warning System with Analogue & Digital Broadcasting”. Mr. Rahul Kumar from WorldSpace, India had delivered a talk on “Digital Satellite technology for Disaster Warning & Management”. Lastly, Ms. J.Josiah from UNESCO had elaborated upon “Community Radio”.

Session 4
Digital Media Lifestyle session was conducted by Mr. R C.Chopra, Department of IT, India. In this session all aspects of Digital Media Life Style, which are extensively being used, by consumers and future trends has been covered. Mr. Saxena has emphasized that technology has also given the choice of consumer but content is more important. It should be on demand basis, flexible, easy to access.
Mr. C.K.Jain threw light on HDTV technology and trends. He explained very well about the various differences between SDTV and HDTV and its formats available as well as coolant production features. He gave the information about global scenario of HDTV and media.
Mr. Hing Tung Lau from Singapore had given the details about trials of HDTV broadcasts in Singapore. He had covered all parameters, which includes broadcasting technology and marketing contents.
Mr. A.K.Bhargava from MTNL had discussed the WiMax standard and technology behind it. He had dealt with the issue of WiMax standards, frequency being used, its range, data speed and important application.

Session 5
Session 5 on “Content Creation – Cutting Edge Technology” was chaired by Mr. D. Ray, Doordarshan.
Mr J.K.Chandira from Doordarshan had delivered a talk on TV content creation – Multifaceted Developments. The speaker discussed major areas of developments in the content production technology. The developments in the new media acquisition technology, integrated digital workflow and high resolution & interactive content creation will usher in major changes in the broadcast production landscape.
Mr. PH. Cheung from Sony Hong Kong deliberated upon Media Asset Management/Digital Archive.
The speaker had explained the details of Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions for the broadcasters. Digitalization and computerization has forced the broadcasters to exploit new IT based technology for workflow management in upload, store, catalog and management of media assets.
Mr. Teo Gim Loo from Panasonic Singapore had discussed on “File based workflow system – recording media and workflow”
The speaker had deliberated on the recent trend in digital workflow with the help of solid state memory based acquisition equipment and their interfaces with IT based system.

Session 6
The session on “Interactive broadcasting” was chaired by Shri R.R.Prasad, Chief Engineer, All India Radio. The panelist were Shri Rajat Nigam from BECIL, Shri Amit Dev from Time Broadband Services Privet Limited., Shri Mohan Tambe from Innomedia Technologies and Ms Deepa Tyagi from Department of Telecom.
All the panelist had deliberated on the present scenario of Broadcasting, telecom and Internet services in India and the future technological option available. Panelist concluded that there is marked trend shift in the consumer behaviour pattern who now demands anytime; anywhere access to the content of his/ her choice and this can be achieved by convergence of broadcast, wireless and mobile technology. The consumer will decide the prime time and the platform on which he would like to watch the contents.

Session 7
The last and final session was a panel discussion on Broadcasting in India – Challenges Ahead. Mr Brijeshwar Singh, Director general All India Radio, had chaired the session. The panelists were: Mr L D Mandloi, Director general Doordarshan; Mr M P Lele, former DDG(Prog) Doordarshan; Mr Sanjoy Salil, MD Media Guru and Mr Ashok Ogra, Director APJ Institute NOIDA and former Vice President Discovery channel.

Awards 2006-07
Mr David Astley, Secretary General, Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), in the inaugural function, presented the awards as below
1. Mr
KVRamachandran Stn Engineer and Mr MSivakumar SEA AIR Thiruvananthapuram received the Mukul N Trivedi Award for the ‘development of Virtual Studio (a complete software solution)’.
2. Mr
TNKundra Director (Research), Mr SHyder Dy Director (Research) and Mr PKSingh Dy Director (Research) received the Jayalakshmi Panchapakesan Award for the work ‘Influence of steel tower on the horizontal radiation pattern of transmitting antennas in VHF/UHF bands’.
3. Mr
SCKhasgiwal Suptg Engineer, Mr GVSatyanarayana Stn Engineer and Mr VVPandit Asstt Engineer Doordarshan Mumbai received the Sethuraman Award for ‘In-house cost-effective design, fabrication and installation of a TV OB van’.
4. Mr
Ajaya Gupta Director (Engg), Mr Abhishek Agarwal Dy Director (Engg) Doordarshan Directorate and Mr AKTikku Suptg Engineer Doordarshan Jallandhar received the Padmavati Ganesan Award for ‘Multi-point OB coverage by Doordarshan for Indian Railways at Ludhiana, Amritsar and Chandigarh’.
5. Mr
DNYadav Dy Director (Research), Mr AKSinha Asstt Engineer and Mr AKSharma Asstt Engineeer R&D AIR & DDn New Delhi received the DVNiraml & Mangal Sain Award for ‘Absorption characteristics of emerging acoustic materials’.
6. Mrs
KThenmozhi Asstt professor and Dr RVaradarajan Professor Deptt of ECE Shanmugha Arts, Science, Tech & Research Academy, Thanjavur alogwith Dr VPrithiraj Professor & HOD Pondicherry Engineering College Pondicherry received the EDI Award for ‘COFDM Transceiver Mobile Multimedia Communications’.
7. Mr
HKBharani Director (Research), Mr Hemendra Bhatnagar Dy Director (Research) and Mr Rajesh Goel SEA R&D AIR & DDn New Delhi received the Dr Vasumal Hazarimal Merani Award for ‘Remote Controlling and monitoring of VLPT transmitters’.
8. Mr
DPSingh Director (Engg) STI(T) Delhi, Mr NKGupta Director (Engg) O/o CE(NZ) and Mr DPSingh Stn Engineer Earth Station Todapur New Delhi received the VPNanda Award for ‘upgradation of Doordarshan’s DTH service (DD Direct Plus)’.
9. Mr
NKTrivedi former E-in-C All India Radio and founder member of the Broadcast Engineering Society (India) received the Life Time Achievement Award.

Press Conference
On the eve of BES EXPO 2007, a press conference was organised on 31st Jan. 2007 at 12.00 noon at CSOI, KG Marg, New Delhi. Mr ASGuin President, BES(I) alongwith Hons Sect, Hons Treasurer and the representatives of some of the leading exhibitors (UNESCO, Nokia, Sony, Ideal Broadcasting etc) who displayed their products in the BES EXPO addressed the Press. It was attended by a large number of media personal. A Press Release was issued.
The event was widely covered by the print media.