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Partners

The JEDI consortium is balanced between industrial, SME, and research partners:

JEDI CONSORTIUM

Alcatel- Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations focused on communications — Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs — and the most experienced global services team in the industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with headquarters in Paris.

Barco
Barco is a world leader in professional markets, in which it offers display and visualization solutions. Based upon in-depth market knowledge, the company designs and develops solutions for large-screen visualization, display solutions for life-critical applications, and systems for visual inspection.

Currently Barco is active in the markets of medical imaging, media & entertainment, infrastructure and utilities, traffic & transportation, defense & security, education & training, industries and processes and corperate AV. Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (Euronext Brussels: BAR) is headquartered in Belgium and is active in more than 90 countries with about 3,500 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of euro 725 million in 2008.

D4D Ingenieria Visual S.L
D4D Ingenieria Visual (http://www.d4d.es) or D4D is a production company of Spain with 20 years of experience in producing films, adverts, musical videos and more, with one thousand overall.
D4D has achieved a lot of awards and recognitions including a nomination in the Latin Grammy Awards.
For the last five years, D4D has produced several stereoscopic projects with various patents and we have already made several stereoscopic productions with different customers and successful results.
Our role or task in the project area would focus on the capture and execution of stereoscopic images. And more specifically in developing the necessary tools for standardization and automation of the recording process.

Hispasat, S.A.
HISPASAT is a regional satellite operator. Since its establishment in 1989, HISPASAT has managed to consolidate its position as a leading reference in the distribution of satellite television and radio channels and the transmission of digital television platforms in Europe, America and North Africa. It's satellites allow for the most advanced telecommunication services for business, providing broadband access to the Internet and the development of new interactive and multimedia services related to digital technology.

HISPASAT participates in major national and international Committees for technical and operational recommendations on the use of satellites. Thus, HISPASAT is a recognized exploitation company in the UIT as well as a formal member of the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI). HISPASAT is from the very beginning a member of the Digital Video Broadcasting Project, and has participated in the definition of technical solutions for the implementation of satellite digital TV and interactive services.

HISPASAT is also very active in fostering technological innovation, and participate in numerous projects involving Technological Research and Innovation related to society´s new need for audiovisual and interactive services. Standing out among these are the projects linked to the broadband services in mobile environments, those related to the HDTV and 3DTV, solutions for Digital Terrestrial Television coverage extensions, etc.

NDS Technologies France
NDS Technologies France creates the security and enabling technologies as well as the interactive applications that allow operators to generate revenues by delivering digital content to TVs, set-top boxes (STB), Personal Video Recorders (PVR), PC, mobile phones, portable media players (PMP), removable media, and other devices.
Since 1990, NDS has been the market leader for digital pay-TV solutions. We provide the security, enabling technologies, and interactive applications that give platform operators and telcos access to the best content, while driving revenues, and reducing churn—the keys to success.
NDS offers a full range of open end-to-end systems for single platform pay-TV operators as well as for multi-platform, multi-system solutions. Our unique expertise lies in the strength of our market leading products as well as the integration of complex multi-platform, multi-network systems.
Until recently, many operators simply delivered content using one method such as satellite, cable TV, IPTV, or wireless/mobile. NDS has already developed solutions to help operators succeed with the opportunities and challenges inherent in convergence. For more information on NDS, please visit the http://www.nds.com site.

NXP Semiconductors France
NXP Semiconductors (NXP) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analogue, Power, Digital Processing and manufacturing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, industrial, consumer, lighting, medical, computing and identification applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has about 29,000 employees working in more than 30 countries and posted sales of USD 5.4 billion in 2008.
The Mixed Signal business unit innovates embedded multimedia features and next-generation, connected multimedia appliances for a connected living experience.
The groups involved in JEDI are R&D teams located in Caen, working on video decoding and media interfaces. NXP Semiconductors is member of the HDMI consortium and Caen is a recognized centre of test for interface conformity and compatibility.

Pace France
Pace France involved in the project, was born in April 2008 following the acquisition by Pace Plc of «Philips Home Networks France». Pace Plc is headquartered in Saltaire, near Leeds in the UK and employs nearly 1000 employees over the world, see http://www.pace.com

Today Pace’s products core is the digital set top box in all its forms following technology requirements demanded by payTV, Telco operators and retail market: from ‘Zapper’ to Personal Video Recorders, from Standard Definition to High Definition, across all delivery platforms: Satellite, Cable, Terrestrial, Broadband, serving all major conditional access technologies and Free To Air, allowing Pace to be among world top 3 Set Top Box manufacturers, with 7,7 % worldwide market share in 2007*, and is number 1 in Europe with 16,8 % of market share for the same period.

Pace France based in Suresnes near Paris, is the second biggest R&D center for Pace with more than 250 employees.

Philips Innovative Applications, Bruges, Belgium (PIA)
The Philips site in Bruges is a global Innovation Center for the television platforms and for the Upmarket Displays television sets within Philips Consumer Lifestyle (CL). Over the last years, the center has grown to be an international competence center for upmarket television and the single European center for development of televisions in the Philips group.
The Innovation Center’s objective is to develop and deliver the best television viewing experience encompassing image and sound quality, design and styling, connectivity, ease of use, technological innovation. It has introduced such innovative features as 100Hz, PixelPlus, Ambilight in televisions and all along has been at the forefront of flat and wide screen technology and products. It has won multiple awards and recognitions for its products, including as latest example the EISA Best European LCD TV in 2008-2009.
The Innovation Center in Bruges is a multidisciplinary center for development, including electronics, mechanics, software, system integration. These disciplines are structured in interdisciplinary function teams that focus on specific functional domains (e.g. video, audio, styling, UI, etc). In addition, competence teams complement the organization in domains like CAD, EMC, testing and validation, configuration management, process improvements.
The Innovation Center has a close cooperation with Philips Research and the Advanced Technology Lab in Eindhoven. It is also closely involved in the industrialization of the products, including preparation and tuning of production processes, which can then be deployed to mass production centers globally.

Planet Media
Planet Media is a leading international IT solutions provider. We provide integrated design, built-in and operate solutions to large multinational clients in carefully targeted industry sectors. Our business approach is based on establishing long-term partnerships that encourage success through mutual benefit.
Main goals of the company:
- The company is highly involved in national government applications in different areas, from e-learning to e-health and different R&D in the different interest areas of the company.
- High implication in European and national R&D fund programmes in the different interest areas of the company.
- Specialization in multimedia and entertainment area.

The R&D department involved in this project has wide experience in virtual world’s generation, immersive worlds, simulators and 3D technologies. Broad expert knowledge in all areas of Digital TV technology: starting from consumer electronics over measurement to professional broadcast. Expertise in software development, especially for measurement-analysis systems and embedded devices. Completed with project management skills and experience in international teamwork.
Specialties: Digital TV, DVB, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, audio and video compression, HD, subtitling, Dolby Digital, broadcast playout, Game Industry, real 3D and animated 3D hybrid content development, broadcast production systems, broadcast measurement, interactive TV, IPTV, VOD, PVR, Java Virtual Machines, MHP, User Interfaces.

SAPEC
Sapec stands for Sociedad Anonima de Productos Electronicos y Comunicaciones. Since their establishment in 1.976, Sapec has been supplying for more than 30 years professional products to the main Spanish Telco and Broadcast companies, keeping a high level of investment on developing new products to fulfil their customer requirements.
Sapec strategy is providing solutions for high quality video transport between studios at the higher reliability and video quality.
Sapec provide products, and all the associated services to his customers from the beginning of the project to the finalization: developing, engineering, integrations, installation, commissioning, configuration, set-up.
Our R&D department is based in Madrid and it is more than 40% of our total team of people.
Our main customers are: Telefonica, TVE, Sogecable, CNN,Colt, etc.

Telefonica Servicios Audiovisuales
Telefónica Servicios Audiovisuales is a 100 % TELEFONICA company and the role of the company is to provide services and solutions in regards with the audiovisual market.
TSA offers services that could cover the idea for contents, technical resources for production ( 5 studios, 3 OBVANs in SD and HD, Postproduction rooms, playout systems, etc…), technical resources for the distribution/contribution of the contents (using satellite, optical fibre or any other transmission media that could fit the needs of our clients).
TSA also develops turnkey projects mainly focus on the integration of SD/HD Production centres, OBVANs, DSNGs, etc… As an example of this activity, four of the last five new regional TV stations in Spain have been integrated by TSA, and we have made the migration to digital of all the news rooms and journalist system for RTVE.
TSA has a Technology Department dedicated to research and development of new products and services related with last audiovisual technologies as High Definition TV, 3D TV and Digital Cinema.

Telenet NV
Telenet is a leading provider of media and telecommunication services. Its business comprises the provision of cable television, high speed interent and fixed and mobile telephony services, primarily to residential customers in Flanders and Brussels. In addition, Telenet offers services to business customers across Belgium under the brand Telenet Solutions. Telenet is listed on the Euronext Brussels Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TNET.
Additional information on Telenet and its products can be obtained from our website http://www.telenet.be. Further information regarding the operating and financial data can be obtained from the investor relations pages on our website http://investors.telenet.be.

Thomson Video Networks France S.A.
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, systems and services to help its Media & Entertainment clients – content creators, content distributors and users of its technology – realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group intends to become the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Thomson Video Networks, RCA and Thomson brands.

About Thomson Video Networks France – Thomson Video Networks is a set of product lines controlled and operated by Thomson. Research, Development and manufacturing centers are based in Rennes.
These product lines study, develop, and manufacture leading equipment for the compression, the transport and the processing of digital audio-video signals throughout the entire distribution chain; from DSNG, through contribution networks, to digital broadcasting over cable, terrestrial, satellite, and also over DSL networks up to the end-users.

Thomson Video Networks’s product portfolio includes the most widely deployed network head-end, ATSC or DVB standard-based solutions.
For contribution applications Thomson Video Networks provide the state of the art solution to transport digitally video signals from a number of sources to destinations over ATM and are now at the edge of the deployment of IP based solutions. This includes network management systems to provide full control and supervision of all network elements.
Thomson Video Networks provide system expertise and end-to-end integrated turnkey solutions for broadcasting and network applications dedicated to Broadcasters, Telecom operators, Multi Service Operators, and Pay TV Operators.

As part of their commitment to customer satisfaction, Thomson Video Networks is certified compliant with the ISO 9001 Quality control procedures.

Technicolor R&D France
With more than 95 years of experience in entertainment innovation, Technicolor serves an international base of entertainment, software, and gaming customers. The company is a leading provider of production, postproduction, and distribution services to content creators, network service providers and broadcasters. Technicolor is one of the world’s largest film processors; the largest independent manufacturer and distributor of DVDs (including Blu-ray Disc); and a leading global supplier of set-top boxes and gateways. The company also operates an Intellectual Property and Licensing business unit.
For more information: www.technicolor.com

About Technicolor Rennes (Thomson R&D France) – A pole of excellence in creation, distribution and content access technologies :
Technicolor Rennes is the largest technology centre of Technicolor Group. Pole of excellence in the whole image chain, the Rennes centre is the supplier of innovative solutions for Media & Entertainment Industries. A part of the activities is focused on the compression, protection, transmission, production and management of high definition contents while other technological solutions are developed to respond to the demands of network operators and to meet the needs of Media & Entertainment customers.

Trinnov Audio
Trinnov Audio is a highly innovative and research-focused audio lab that specializes in the measurement, analysis and digital correction of room acoustics. Our approach is to focus on the acoustic properties of audio, and to use the latest digital techniques to enhance the quality of audio recording and reproduction. Our extensive research has lead to five international patents.

Our unique technologies are aimed at both ends of the audio chain: reproduction and recording.
• Our Room Correction System improves the accuracy of audio monitoring in stereo, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 and 22.2.
• Our very unique Surround Microphone is being used to achieve high quality 5.1 recordings.
These technologies are available:
• For Audio Professionals as rackmount processors: the Optimizer and the SRP. They are available through our distribution partners;
• For Consumers, through our Licensing Program for Manufacturers of consumer electronics, such as AV Receivers, Surround Processors and Car Radios.

Vitec Multimedia
VITEC Multimedia is a leader in digital video technology and is developing and manufacturing original multimedia products at the point where micro-computing and video technology meet. VITEC is very well experienced in MPEG-digital video technology. The whole VITEC’s business has been MPEG and only MPEG for more than 15 years. VITEC has a full range of MPEG products (see http://www.vitecmm.com).
VITEC’s innovative and competitive products are sold worldwide through computer distributors, multimedia VAR’s, system integrators and OEM’s. VITEC has built an existing distribution network and direct sales in 24 countries and is exporting over 80% of its turnover. In 1997, VITEC established a commercial subsidiary in the US. VITEC develops algorithms for image coding, electronic boards for PC’s or for embedded systems, ASIC’s for low cost products and application software under Windows. VITEC received the IST 2001 Prize for its most recent MPEG-2 compression hybrid technology (VM2000 Asic).

Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT)
The Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) is the public broadcaster of the Flemish Community in Belgium. Its mission is to reach the greatest possible number of viewers and listeners with a diversity of programs that arouse their interest and fulfill that interest.
This mission and accompanying regulations are written down in the coordinated Flemish Media Decrees and a contract with the Flemish Government. The most recent decree dates from 27 March 2009. The contract came into being in 1997 and is renewed every five years. The current contract covers the period from 2007 through 2011. It describes the rights and duties of the public broadcaster, and its yearly financial envelope.
VRT distributes its products over all relevant media: radio, television, Internet and mobile, and over all relevant analogue and digital networks. The leading principles are maximum reach, neutrality, non-exclusivity, non-discrimination and not market disturbing.
The current contract specifically stipulates research and development in media as a supplementary remit, which is specified in detail in a separate contract.
The primary VRT products are the television channels Eén, Ketnet and Canvas, and the radio channels Radio 1, Radio 2, Klara, Studio Brussel, MNM and RVI. The television channels had a joint common market share of 40 per cent in 2008, the radio channels of 66 per cent. VRT also offers web sites for each of its channels, a teletext service and a news website deredactie.be.
The technological research department of VRT, i.e. VRT-medialab, has wide experience in research regarding media content creation, management and distribution. Since 2009, VRT-medialab is building up its theoretical and practical knowledge on 3D TV.

VideoHouse
In 1980 Ludo Maes started out with a small enthusiastic team. Initially, the company concentrated entirely on electronic news gathering activities. Over the years, Videohouse has become the market leader and the only integrated provider of television facilities in Belgium.
The Videohouse service offering ranges from newsgathering, reporting, recording of sports, games and cultural events to studio programs. Videohouse makes corporate films, commercials and DVDs. The services on offer also include web casting, engineering of AV installations and the operation of entire TV channels.
The integration of the most diverse audiovisual services makes Videohouse unique on the Belgian market. The integrated approach relies on years of experience and is firmly rooted in the media sector. Belgian and foreign TV stations, production companies and producers call on the services of Videohouse. Government authorities, European institutions, companies and communication consultants also find the solution to their audiovisual needs here. The offices and the studios of Videohouse are located in Vilvoorde, close to Zaventem airport. They form the perfect home base for any domestic or international assignment. Videohouse also offers services based at the International Press Center (IPC) in Brussels

University of Nantes- IRCCyN
Université de Nantes-IRCCyN is a joint research unit (UMR 6597) of CNRS associated with Université de Nantes. IRCCyN is composed of about 250 persons. IRCCyN is composed of 13 research groups among which IVC research group (Image and Video Communications) addresses activities in the multimedia communications systems. The IVC group is composed of 35 members (12 professors, 5 research engineers, 18 PhD students). One of the originality of IVC studies relies for more than 20 years on the consideration of the human visual system in the design of image and video services. Towards this goal, three major issues are currently of interest: understanding visual perception, quality of experience assessment, visual attention modeling.
Concerning QoE assessment, IVC is or has been recently involved in several collaborative projects such as the project ITEA HD4U (assessment of HD services), Scalimages from Image and Network cluster (assessment of H264 SVC in HD and mobile scenarios), Futurimages from Image and Network cluster (assessment of new HDR and 3D displays), EQUIMOSE (impact of medical imaging technologies on Quality of diagnosis).
The group has expertise and several testing facilities, including standardized environment to characterize visual performance assessment of 3D services. Specifically it includes several 3D display solutions and set up to exploit them in the context of studies with human observers.

University of Zaragoza
The Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Zaragoza (DIDYF) researches, designs and develops techniques and stereoscopic devices with applications for the audiovisual industry. It has its own technical workshop with CAD design tools and digitally controlled machinery, based on laser measuring tools.

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is a major University of Spain, the top one for engineering studies. Its teaching activity covers all engineering specialisation and its research activity, particularly in Information Technologies and Telecommunications, has a strong European connection through the Framework Programme (ICT, IST, Esprit, ACTS, Telematics, Race, Aim, Brite, …) plus Eureka, Cost and contracts with ESA.

The Grupo de Tratamiento de Imágenes (GTI) is a research group on theory, methods, and applications of Digital Image Processing, mainly for compression and analysis. It was established in 1981 and has achieved a successful record of graduate and postgraduate students (teaching in Digital Image Processing, Television, Image Encoding, Graphics, Computer Vision, and Telecommunications Systems) and of relevant participations in research projects related to visual communications, real time computer vision, and multimedia telecom applications. Currently, the GTI activity and key interest is end-to-end 3D visual information delivery (3D Television – 3DTV), thus covering: acquisition, calibration, representation (encoding), compression, transmission, rendering, quality evaluation, wireless broadcasting, … This global interest on 3DTV also covers “Immersive video communications”. The faculty members of the Group are deeply involved in European and Spanish research committees and are main contributors to MPEG and JVT, where one of the GTI members is the Spanish National Head of Delegation. GTI infrastructure includes a complete 3DTV Laboratory (3DTV Lab) endowed with a full 3D acquisition system (endowed with a hanging structure and many cameras), and several 3D displays (auto-stereoscopic and holographic), as well as conventional equipment like processors, cameras, recorders, and displays.