Collaborative projects

The IRT (Broadcast Technology Institute) is constantly involved in various, partly externally funded, collaborative projects and has partnerships with many international scientific institutions, universities and business enterprises.

With our expertise we contribute particularly to research and evaluation work at the interface of theory and practice in order to document all activities both internally and externally.

IRT’s business unit "Collaborative Research" acquires all research and development projects that are funded with national and international resources with the aspiration to accompany these projects advisory and conceptual. Therefore, IRT brings as a partner its comprehensive know-how into these projects. Hereby, the institute is involved directly in future developments, thus ensuring the expansion of its knowledge base.

The individual projects are defined in agreement with IRT’s management, possible cooperation partners and the funding bodies and according to theme worked up in IRT’s respective functional areas. With funded projects, the Institute brings ahead the development of new broadcasting systems, works on the introduction of new broadcasting services and contributes to international standardization in particular with an eye toward media convergence of broadcasting and telecommunications.

Current funded projects


5G-SOLUTIONS will validate 5G performance and infrastructure according to the needs of different industries. IRT will trial content production and distribution scenarios.

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5G-VICTORI (VertIcal demos over common large scale field trials for rail, energy and media industries) will conduct tests on innovative use cases for the vertical industries of transport, energy, media and factories of the future, with particular emphasis on cross-industry applications. The 5G network technologies developed in the predecessor projects 5G-XHaul and 5GPICTURE will be used for this purpose.

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DWERFT - linked metadata for media

The dwerft - linked metadata for media - is a regional research alliance for innovative media technologies at the traditional location of Babelsberg. Dwerft's vision is to network the entire value chain of moving image production through the lossless storage and semantic connection of metadata in a semantically supported database, the Linked Media Data Cloud (LMDC).

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VIRTUOSA develops remote production solutions with 5G

The EU research project VIRTUOSA aims to demonstrate how 5G technology can be combined with virtualization concepts to produce live content, such as sports or music broadcasts, more efficiently and cost-effectively across multiple locations.

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Completed funded projects

Based on the concept of object-based broadcasting, in 2-IMMERSE a reference architecture and platform for multiscreen applications was developed to optimally adapt individual service components, such as camera perspectives, audio and graphic insertions, to the available playback devices and the user's wishes.


5G Media
The 5G-MEDIA project aims at innovating media-related applications by investigating how these applications and underlying 5G networks should be coupled and interwork to the benefit of both: to ensure the applications allocate the resources they need to deliver high quality of experience and so that the network is not overwhelmed by media traffic.


As part of the 5G-Today research project, a 5G test field for broadcasting is to be built in the Bavarian Oberland and a large-scale TV transmission in the broadcasting mode FeMBMS is to be examined.

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5G Xcast
5G-Xcast is a 5GPPP Phase II project focused on the design of a dynamically adaptable 5G network architecture to enable a seamless switching between unicast, multicast and broadcast delivery modes. 5G-Xcast is developing the broadcast and multicast capabilities for 5G to address the demands of large-scale media distribution, among other use cases.


ADAMS – (Supported by Bayerische Forschungsstiftung)
Consuming movies, music and on demand TV content on different devices while travelling was the goal of the "Adaptive Multimodal Streaming" (ADAMS) project. A consortium of research institutes and companies developed a solution based on technological standards that allows users to freely select their preferred device: ranging from their television at home, to smartphones, tablets and eventually automobiles. The ADAMS solution not only streams the content to the appropriate end device but also includes information about the pause position in order to resume from that moment in the stream. In addition, the current network quality is constantly being considered, and the transmitted data stream is continuously adapted to the current transmission situation to optimize the media experience. The result is that users can conveniently follow their favorite programs on their preferred device in the maximum available quality


The establishment and improvement of early warning systems has been proved to contribute significantly to the reduction of injuries and losses to life and property before, during and after a crisis situation. However, in the context of alerting and communications to the population in crisis, the effectiveness of crisis management strategies and applied technologies to support them and to disseminate alerts at a given point in time will be influenced by several factors. These include the level of interoperability and common awareness between authorities involved, the perception of social crowds receiving the alerts, the role played by emerging new media, such as social networks, and the level of acceptance and penetration of applied communications technologies in the population as well as in the involved authorities.

An integrated set of prototypes shows the spectrum and potential of different alert dissemination systems. The specific solution IRT was involved in is based on HbbTV and it demonstrated how existing consumer equipment can be used efficiently to inform citizens.


Within the project CHORUS, IRT supported the setting-up of a platform for knowledge exchange in the area of audiovisual search engines. The main objective of this project was the extensively automatic generation of metadata at very high semantic level as the basic requirement for content search in the production as well as in the online area.

Further information on CHORUS


The THESEUS application scenario CONTENTUS is an important contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage and the safeguarding of cultural diversity in Europe. CONTENTUS showcased how cultural institutions in Germany and other European countries are enabled to integrate their cultural assets and works of art in an innovative and structured framework and how to make them freely accessible to a wide audience online.

Further informationen on CONTENTUS: Corporate video & THESEUS press release


The EU project CORVETTE (Coordination and Validation of the Deployment of Advanced Transport Telematic Systems in Alpine Areas) aims to optimise the flow of traffic between Austria, Italy, and Germany.

Further informationen on CORVETTE TEMPO


Since a part of the UHF frequency range has been auctioned off to mobile network operators, this part of the spectrum is no longer available for wireless audio equipment at cultural-, sports- and music events, at TV shows, musicals, and so on. The research project C-PMSE - „Cognitive Program Making and Special Event" investigated and developed solutions to improve the frequency utilization and coexistence for PMSE Systems by Cognitive Methods.

Independent from a political solution for the considerable restrictions of the PMSE users due to the Digital Dividend, the C-PMSE project was studying – with wireless microphones as example application – cognitive methods for the effective utilization of the frequency spectrum. The most important objective in this project was the preservation and the potential increase of operational reliability under the conditions of dynamic and heterogeneous frequency utilization. The basic idea was, to scan continuously the usable frequency range against potential risks. As soon as potential interferers are detected, countermeasures will be initiated. The basic principle sounds quite easy, but it requires very complex interactions between different components, which were– with the required specifications – not available on the market or still under research during the project timeline.


CustomTV (Supported by EU/ACTS)
The aim of the CustomTV project was the compatible incorporation of multimedia elements in the DVB transport stream which are coded in MPEG-4 and indexed in accordance with MPEG-7 as soon as the presentation of the multimedia elements on the TV receiver by means of window techniques.

IRT's Contribution:

  • total project management
  • cooperation in all work packages
  • contributions to the standardisation in MPEG-7


Daidalos II
Designing Advanced network Interfaces for the Delivery and Administration of Location independent, Optimised personal Services

Daidalos II designed, developed and validated a blueprint of a true beyond 3G Framework. It supports secure, personalized and pervasive services built on heterogeneous network and service infrastructures for the mobile user and will contribute to standards and industry fora. Tomorrow’s user needs a seamless, pervasive access to content, services and networks with preferences and context in mind. Daidalos II radically improved user-friendliness and economic viability in the European information and communication sector by integrating mobile and broadcast communications and following a user-centred, scenario-based and operator-driven approach to deliver services pervasively and seamlessly across heterogeneous networks.

IRT's Contribution:

  • middleware concepts for interactive services in a converged broadcast/mobile communications environment


The European project DIOMEDES (Distribution of Multi-view Entertainment using content aware DElivery Systems) researched different distribution mechanisms for 3D content. The activities focused on a content delivery concept that provides stereoscopic video (two views, one per eye) via DVB-T2 and enhancements towards multiview via Peer-to-Peer (P2P) to present multi-view coded video at the user’s home.

In this project, the IRT implemented a proof-of-concept of the DVB-T2 transmission and realized the visual attention modeling for identification of important image elements/ regions.

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An alliance of 10 institutions, universities and companies wants to explore innovative IT technologies for the film and broadcast industry together. The IRT works on automated quality control for delivery of content to TV stations.


DXB (Supported by BMBF)
Harmonising DVB-H, DAB/DMB and MBMS (Mobile Broadcast Multicast Services over UMTS), to avoid fragmentation in the market for content and multimedia receivers. Broadcast services and broadcast content will be transported over the various networks, making use of a generic IP interface: this shall ensure that the generation of content for the services can be carried out uniformly.

IRT's Contribution:

  • development and standardisation of system architecture
  • transmission optimisation (error correction and its impact on the network design
  • reduction of power consumption: micro time slicing (DAB) versus macro time slicing (as in DVB-H)
  • service and coverage aspects
  • extensions to DAB test receivers and DAB analyser for DXB (QoS and coverage measurements, BER analysis, demonstrator and mobile reception, field measurements)


The initiative "Electromobility in Bavaria" and the research project "model community for electromobility" aim at the development of mobility concepts – exemplified by a holistic solution for the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This covers investments in new technologies as well as investigations of suitability, sustainability and attractiveness for their daily use by consumers. Within the sub-project "Intelligent Charging Infrastructure", IRT focusses on the standardised distribution of relevant status information on the available charging infrastructure to end-users. To efficiently achieve this, the TPEG protocol, which offers a method for transmitting multimodal traffic and travel information, will be extended by a component specifically supporting electromobility requirements. In addition to the specification, a software-based proof-of-concept prototype will be implemented including the TPEG components as well as the required interfaces to the central charging management system. (German only)


IL PLUS - extension of an intelligent charging infrastructure by the system components parking space detection and reservation"

As the work of the current e-GAP joint project "Smart charging infrastructure" and other research projects show, especially the illegal parking issue on e-parking spaces, as well as the lack of a reservation possibility is a major problem in terms of end-user acceptance and cost-effectiveness.

Based on the results of e-GAP a provider open and as retrofit operational hardware/software solution for parking area recognition is designed based on the existing communication chain charging station - > backend -> TPEG playout platform. In addition, a reservation application is developed based on the TPEG-EMI applications and its data. With the help of this application, a reservation request can be made to the appropriate back-end system, and the response of that system reflects back to the end user.

In the “IL Plus” project IRT will deal in particular with R&D for adaptive reservation of public charging stations, as well as expanding the TPEG system by a reservation function incl. the definition of interfaces and protocols. The results are then incorporated into the TPEG standardization. In addition the end-user application is widened out to a reservation function.


ENTHRONE (End-to-End Quality of Service through Integrated Management of Content, Networks and Terminals) was an integrated project in the thematic priority “Information Society Technologies” of EU Framework Programme 6. The ENTHRONE project focused on end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) over heterogeneous networks and terminals.

Further informationen on ENTHRONE


FI Content
Major European and global companies and research centres have joined their skills in the FI content initiative to drive innovation at the crossroads of content, media, networks and creativity. This initiative aims at developing and experimenting across Europe cutting-edge ICT platforms devoted to applications and services in the areas of social connected TV, smart city services, and pervasive games. In this project, IRT focuses on the Social Connected TV Platform which is designed to foster the development and uptake of innovative TV applications: an entirely new ecosystem is evolving around connected TVs, enabling new applications and concepts around TV content. Services for connected devices will complement the TV experience and extend it towards novel usage scenarios. We build upon established Web-based technologies and the recent HbbTV standard while combining them with additional components from the Future Internet Initiative. Eventually, intelligent inter-device and broadcast-broadband synchronisation mechanisms will be used to present Connected TV as a single platform which seamlessly integrates media services and interactive applications across different providers under one roof.


“GeTVivid – Let’s do things together” aims at supporting older adults with mild impairments (e.g., restricted mobility, hearing or vision impairments) to manage their daily activities in their (residential) home and aims at improving the quality of life, autonomy and participation in social life.

Equipping an older adult’s home with different technologies is not the solution to create a perfect home environment but already available technologies hold the ability to make a useful contribution. The TV as an integral part of peoples’ everyday life can be found in many homes and is therefore one of the most widespread and familiar devices that influences people lives. While in former days the TV has been mainly used to retrieve news and as a medium for entertainment, Internet access has promoted the development of interactive TV.

The goal of the project is to offer a useful and valuable set of AAL-related functionality and services to older adults as well as informal and formal carers through the use of connected TV devices based on the HbbTV standard (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television). HbbTV application(s) running on a television set can be complemented with an extended user interface on a mobile second screen (i.e. tablet or mobile phone with touch screen).

The initially proposed services will be:

  • a help exchange system that enables older adults to offer/ask for support for daily life activities to/from other older adults, who are living in geographical closeness; in case the informal care within a local entity (e.g., a residential building or home or a neighborhood) does not provide the help needed, the network can be extended incrementally from the direct surrounding to relatives (informal carers) and then to formal carers; this also includes a support of social integration and connecting generations for informal care by providing the possibility to display short messages;
  • an access to service providers like meals on wheels, shopping assistance, house-keeping, taxi, medical help or assistance, etc.
  • support functions like reminders (e.g., for medication intake), news, weather, etc. By applying user-centered design the (future) users and their activities, goals and characteristics are in the center of the development process, i.e. the specification of potential services will be explored within this project together with older adults.
    As HbbTV is a rather new technology to many users and application developers, it will be crucial to get to know the affordances of the digital material (HbbTV) by exploring the properties (e.g. the combination with a second mobile screen).

As HbbTV is a rather new technology to many users and application developers, it will be crucial to get to know the affordances of the digital material (HbbTV) by exploring the properties (e.g. the combination with a second mobile screen).


Global ITV
The scope of the European-Brazilian project is the development of an interoperability scheme for the co-existence of multiple interactivity and Connected TV solutions on different Digital TV platforms (such as ISDB-Tb, DVB-S/-T/-C and IPTV). This includes exchanging and using the same information as well as gaining access to the same content sources, by creating solutions to decrease the efforts for adapting services to multiple platforms and to ease access to a global market for all, allowing the reuse of interactive content worldwide.

Main objectives of the GLOBAL ITV project are:

  • Coexistence
  • Interoperability
  • Convergence

of HbbTV and Ginga, while at the same time ensuring that the resulting standards and solutions have an impact on business and involve all stakeholders.

The ultimate aim is to lay the foundation for a global interoperable iTV platform which covers integrated broadcast and broadband services. In this joint Brazilian-European endeavour, we will define and showcase a reliable migration path and a coexistence scenario towards a next-generation hybrid TV platform based on established web standards.
IRT is the European coordinator of the project and also leads the overall day-to-day management of the project. In addition, IRT leads the overall development of the GLOBAL ITV platform and the corresponding application development guidelines, but also contributes to the definition of future iTV scenarios, evaluation and testing of the created platform and applications, and also to project results’ dissemination.


Through the German National Research and Education Network DFN, and under the umbrella of the GN3plus initiative, IRT collaborates with GÉANT, which is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). In total it connects over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe, supporting research activities in multiple areas. Operating at speeds of up to 100 Gbps and reaching over 100 national networks worldwide, GÉANT remains the largest and most advanced research and education network in the world.


GN4 Phase 1
Through the German National Research and Education Network DFN, and under the umbrella of the GN3plus initiative, IRT collaborates with GÉANT, which is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). In total it connects over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe, supporting research activities in multiple areas. Operating at speeds of up to 100 Gbps and reaching over 100 national networks worldwide, GÉANT remains the largest and most advanced research and education network in the world.


The HBB4ALL (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband for All) is a European project, co-funded by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program (CIP) and by 12 partners from several complementary fields: universities, TV channels/broadcasters, research institutes, and SMEs; all are experts in the field of media accessibility and the multi-device  environment. The project started in December 2013 and runs for 36 months (learn more about the partners).

At the European level, the legislative and regulatory frameworks governing television accessibility in member states are influenced by the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMS). On 24th April, the European Commission adopted its Green Paper “Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values”. The objective of this consultation was to find out what convergence in the audiovisual sector means for things such as European economic growth and business innovation, media pluralism, cultural diversity and the protection of consumers, including children.

Within the European Union, Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) is subject to the R&TTE Directive (1999/5/EC). This Directive relies for its operation on Harmonized Standards developed by ETSI at the request of the European Commission.

These Harmonized Standards define technical characteristics which can be used to meet the essential requirements of the Directive, which include effective use of the radio spectrum and orbital resource so as to avoid harmful interference. Spectrum management remains a national matter. Under the terms of the Directive, authorities in the Member States are allowed to regulate radio interfaces, but are required to publish their regulations.

HBB4ALL addresses media accessibility for all citizens in the connected TV environment. HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a global initiative increasingly adopted by broadcasters around the world. One of the challenges in the coming years will be the delivery of multi-platform audiovisual content (anytime, anywhere, any device) and making this content accessible for all. The elderly and people with various disabilities rely on subtitles, audiodescription or sign language. Customizing accessibility services through options for personal preferences is only one example of future possibilities.

results for all participants in the survey (german only)
results for participants wearing a hearing aid (german only)


Unter der Koordination des Rundfunks Berlin Brandburg entwickelt HBB-NEXT Komponenten und Architekturen für eine neue Generation von Hybrid-TV Lösungen die eine noch engere Verknüpfung von Fernseh- und Internetinhalten ermöglichen. Aufbauend auf dem HbbTV-Standard, will das Projekt die Konvergenz der Fernseh- und Internetwelt weiter vorantreiben. Aus einer nutzerzentrischen Sicht sollen Fernsehanwendungen um verschiedene Aspekte bereichert werden, z.B. direkte Einbindung von sozialen Netzwerken, Mehrgerätezugriff, gruppenoptimierte Inhaltsempfehlungen oder die nahtlose und zeitsynchrone Kombination von Fernsehinhalten und Zusatzdiensten über das Internet. Die Ergebnisse werden der weiteren Akzeptanz von HbbTV dienen und in die Weiterentwicklung des Standards einfließen. Das IRT, als einer von neuen Partnern im Konsortium, leitet das Projekt auf technisch-wissenschaftlicher Ebene und koordiniert den Austausch mit Standardisierungsorganisationen.


HbbRadio – Research and implementation of a new hybrid radio platform
The HbbRadio project researches and implements a new hybrid radio platform and creates tailored production tools. It forms the foundation for a novel personalized and context-adaptive live radio with integrated and synchronized add-on services. Content, services and applications will be distributed via broadcast (FM, DAB, DAB-Plus) and internet (streaming and add-ons) in a hybrid manner (comparable to HbbTV).

The system will support established as well as upcoming radio service providers by providing new methods for production, distribution, and marketing of content. Audio content can be conveniently complemented with additional applications and background information. In addition, every user will be served with an individualized context-sensitive radio programme stream which the user can influence.


HRADIO (Hybrid Radio everywhere for everyone) focuses on radio service innovations enabled by convergence.


The IMB5 project consortium explores how a future standard could be implemented for the common transmission of broadcast and mobile network services in a technically and economically efficient manner.
First, the partners create a network infrastructure concept, followed by field trials to evaluate the possibilities of the existing and standardized LTE service eMBMS related to the requirements of broadcasting. Necessary extensions and modifications for the LTE standard in direction 5G shall be identified to allow scalable and thus economic network topologies. The alternative operating modes “frequency division duplex (FDD)” and “time division duplex (TDD)” should also be included and compared in the investigations. The transmission takes place in a MBSFN-frequency network, the same principle as known in broadcasting simulcast (e.g. DVB-T / T2 and DAB / DAB+).

With the knowledge gained from the research project, it should be possible in the long term, to attractively combine the efficiency of best broadcasting serinteraktiver Mobilfunkdienste auf einer Luftschnittstelle attraktiv zu kombinieren.


The project iNEM4U (Interactive Networked Experiences in Multimedia for You) developed a service infrastructure that enables users to share integrated multimedia experiences in networked environments. In iNEM4U, these experiences involve seamless combinations of multimedia content and value-added services from different domains of technology, such as the Web (i.e. YouTube), in-home consumer electronics (DLNA/UPnP), mobile telecommunication networks (i.e. IMS), and interactive digital TV (i.e. DVB-IP).


Loudness Live
Within the cooperative project Loudness Live IRT together with high-end broadcast equipment manufacturer RTW will develop a high quality, user-friendly and reliable system for loudness control in broadcasting live operation.

The overall objective of the Loudness Live project is the creation of a technical system for loudness adjustment of a linear broadcast program with consistently high audio quality without the need for manual intervention, for example, the change of the configuration parameters. For this purpose, the current reference technology for PC systems, the "CLC algorithm" (Continuous Loudness Control) engineered at IRT for controlling loudness and loudness range according to EBU R 128 will be completely rebuilt on a microcontroller-based hardware platform.

Extensive studies have to be conducted and new function modules are being developed for the algorithm’s utilization on a broadcast transmitting processor. Audio quality and reliability in the processing of critical, natural audio will be increased. The envisaged use as transmitting processor also requires a simplification of the GUI as well as increasing the level of automation when configuring the CLC algorithm, which to make operation simple and safe.


The MediaRoad project supports Europe’s media sector to revamp the way it approaches innovation by shaping future research and policy priorities as well as by strengthening collaboration between media organizations and start-ups.


MediaScape is a European project, starting the 23rd of September 2013 with a duration of two years and a half.

We are currently witnessing a strong trend towards powerful web-based applications – a trend which is also driving the progress of HTML5 where a wider range of devices are becoming capable of running such applications.

However, most applications are running on these devices separated from each other or, at best are only loosely coupled. The growing interest in 2nd-screen solutions within the Connected TV sector clearly shows that users expect a more consistent experience across different devices and their applications. However, to do this, broadcasters and application developers currently need to implement, distribute and maintain a set of rather complex technical solutions tailored to each of the specific target platforms.

A more versatile solution would allow the implementation of applications independent from the target devices and the application itself would be able to run across multiple user devices. This is the seed of MediaScape and its main objective is to provide solutions to overcome these problems.

MediaScape takes connected service development to a new level and lays the foundations for advanced connected multi-user services via a standardised approach integrated into the HTML5 paradigm. In this approach, the three main involved actors take advantage of Mediascape: a) the users, b) the broadcasters and c) developers and service providers.

The MediaScape project will focus on the technology to realise the dynamic multi-device multi-user service adaptation concept, seamless hybrid broadcast-Internet synchronisation, and the authentication and dynamic association. The progress beyond the state of the art in these technologies will be realised in practice via contributions to the standards following a well-defined work plan and the outcomes of the project will be published via reports, software repositories, SDKs, APIs, etc. Even if the project ends the 23rd of March 2016, there is a meticulous time-schedule to provide results to the community in intermediate phases.


Many users wish to access video and audio content seamlessly from the media server – not only at home on their television sets but also from smart phones and entertainment systems in cars. The research project "Multimedia content follows person" mainly investigating three scenarios: the continuation of watching movies and TV shows from the point where watching was stopped at home, the use of audio-video playlists from a media server, and the continuation of watching live formats. The project was co-sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economics, Technology, Transport and Infrastructure and was initiated by the cluster BICCNet.


MPAT (Multi-Platform Application Toolkit) is a project to develop a WordPress similar tool enabling media producers to make the opportunities of Connected TV accessible to a wide audience. These include functional aspects on the one hand, but also templates for design and navigation. MPAT will make it easier for operators without any technical knowledge, e.g. editors, to design custom apps and thus can be integrated into existing content management systems. The open source concept MPAT intends to provide all the necessary features to create compelling multi-screen applications for HbbTV and HTML5 based devices.

The aim of the project is to develop a modular platform that allows for creating and editing multi-screen applications for program-related content on TV, video on demand and OTT while apps that relate to TV and video content should be usable on any device, enabling a seamless transition between devices. Accordingly, it should be regardless for the user whether you consume the content in a conventional linear context or as on-demand, as the contents automatically adapt to the context of use.




A project funded by the European Commission, studied the potential for upgrades to high-speed network infrastructures. The project’s emphasis is on the applications of next-generation optical networks such as the transmission of uncompressed studio signals.

Further informationen on MUPBED


Narrowband Digital Broadcasting

IRT's Contribution:

  • frequency planning and protection ratios for digital AM broadcasting
  • This research work was also carried out for the international standardisation initiative Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and is carried on for this initiative after completion of Eureka project NADIB as an internal IRT project (V-DRM) in the department Broadcast Engineering Systems.


NEMi (Supported by EU/IST)
Networked and Electronic Media Initiative support office

The NEMi project aimed at supporting the implementation of the NEM (Networked and Electronic Media) Initiative, disseminating its achievements and promoting tools to facilitate the participation of a broad range of organizations as well as helping the preparation of future actions and policies. In particular, NEMi assisted to progress towards the definition and achievement of the objectives of a European Research Agenda in the NEM scenarios. Also, NEMi contributed to the implementation of future actions and policies proposed by the NEM members (NEM Technology Platform).

IRT's Contribution:

  • preparation and contribution towards the definition and achievements of the goals of Strategic Research Agenda (in three releases)
  • active contribution towards the definition of the NEM vision
  • installation of collaborative links between the NEM Initiative and regulatory groups or bodies whose activities are relevant to the achievement of the NEM objectives and goals (e.g. ECC, COCOM, RSPG, IRG)


NoTube demonstrated a new generation of Web services for context dependent and personalized selection and presentation of TV content. NoTube enhanced digital entertainment from a single-TV viewer activity to a community-based experience by sharing preferences. NoTube realized distributed personalization in an interactive and multi-device environment, enabling TV entertainment anywhere and anytime with the ubiquitous Web.

IRT developed web services for the conversion of PrestoSpace metadata to TV-Anytime using BMF as intermediate format.

Further informationen on NoTube


ORPHEUS aims to create a complete object-based audio chain, implemented for a real-life broadcasting scenario under the conviction that object-based production has a profound effect on all stages of media content creation, deployment and consumption.

ORPHEUS will deliver a sustainable solution, ensuring that workflows and components for object-based audio scale up to enable cost-effective commercial production, storage, re-purposing, play-out and distribution. The ultimate aim is to bring the fascinating experience of object-based content to mass audiences at no added cost. ORPHEUS will demonstrate the new prodigious user experience through the realisation of close-to-market workflows, proofing the economic viability of object-based audio as an emerging media and broadcast technology. ORPHEUS will publish reference architecture and guidelines on how to implement object-based audio chains.

Further information:


European collaboration for open NGA broadcast workflow successfully completed

Object-based audio rendering in browsers


Hauptziel des Projektes war die Entwicklung eines europaweiten „Next-Generation"-Distributionssystems für Internet-Fernsehen auf Basis von Peer-to-Peer (P2P)-Technologien. Dabei spielten insbesondere auch Metadatenaspekte und erste Schritte in HTML5 eine entscheidende Rolle.

Further informationen on P2P-Broadcasting


“Portable interactivity” enables viewers to interact directly with moving images on their handheld TVs. In turn, viewers can create their very own media experiences with rich media.

Further informationen on porTiVity


Aim of the project QLectives (Quality Collectives) was to combine social networks, peer production and peer systems. The objective was to design and develop a platform of a next-generation self-organising socially intelligent information system. Quality Collectives did make use of technical and genre-specific descriptive metadata, user behaviour and ratings by users. The project was based on the two pillars “QScience” and ”QMedia”. In “QMedia”, an interactive peer-to-peer media system (including live streaming) has been developed and tested, that provides fully distributed social filtering and recommendations for quality (think of social television 2.0). With “QScience” a distributed platform for scientists has been created allowing them to locate or form new communities and to perform quality reviewings, which are transparent and promote quality (think of Slashdot for any particular discipline or sub-discipline).

The main focus of IRT’s work in QLectives was on “QMedia”, namely the design of an appropriate underlying metadata model, as well as the development and the testing of self-learning filter algorithms in order to obtain and retain highest quality metadata.. The resulting quality of metadata, being essential for a high-quality rating and recommendation system, has been evaluated in the living lab.

Further information on QLectives


ROMEO - Interactive 3D content and its distribution
The ROMEO project targets the challenges of synchronised live 3D media delivery to groups of users. The concurrency of the media experience will enable users to collaborate and to jointly enjoy multi-view 3D content. This will facilitate application scenarios such as social TV and high quality real-time collaboration. For IRT, the three key aspects in the project are 3D visual attention modelling, hybrid play-out solutions (e.g. via DVB-T2 and P2P), as well as spatial audio coding and rendering.

a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the project partners develop a rendering platform for 360° video and object-based 3D audio, which allows, regardless of the terminal capacity to display immersive and interactive content on the end user device. SmartTVs, HbbTV and mobile platforms and browsers alike serve as a terminal. Using the remote control, the mouse or the orientation of the mobile device, the head orientation of the viewer is detected and transmitted to the rendering platform. Based on the information about the audio playback system (stereo, 5.1, binaural, etc.) only the required image and audio segment will be prerendered and streamed to the client. Therefore, the bandwidth required is not higher for the 360° ​​content than regular content. In addition to the orientation of the viewer more interactions will be enabled - either through annotation or modification of the audio objects. The platform shall provide the tools in hand of the producers to bring interactive 360​° content into the living room. The cloud-based approach allows scaling to go downmarket.

Object-based audio rendering in browsers


At the crux of this project lied the convergence of DVB-T, DVB-H and WiMAX ("wireless DSL") with resource allocation for fast, scalable video and the demonstration of multimedia services on the corresponding terminals.


The R&D project TOSCA-MP targeted the media production side and its workflows in broadcasting and media houses. The aim was to develop improved tools for content annotation, based on automatic feature extraction of AV media, and search tools for professionals in distributed/networked media production and archiving (television, radio, online). Under the scientific coordination by IRT, the system components have been integrated in a standards-based framework based on the principles of service-oriented architectures.

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The European TV-Ring project proposes a framework for developing and testing Connected TV services using HbbTV and advanced communication infrastructures. The project started in September 2013 and will end in the early 2016 and is executed by a consortium composed of eight organizations from four different nationalities: Catalan, German, Dutch and Belgian. The partners are: i2CAT, rbb, IRT, TVC, Retevision, NPO Universität Leuven, PPG.

The project, funded by the European Commission through the CIP program, will focus primarily on the execution of three pilots in three European regions. The pilots will be used as testbeds for advanced applications of Connected TV, using high bandwidth networks. Various types of applications such as second screen, very-high quality or multiple video streaming, will be tested by users in real environment.
One of the strengths of TV-Ring is the creation of a professional forum (Open Connected TV Forum), which will promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices as well as holding meetings and workshops with relevant stakeholders of the audiovisual industry to exchange points of view and strategies for the future of hybrid television.

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UniTV und UniTV-2
The projects UniTV & UniTV-2 dealed with interactive television for education purposes.

IRT's Contribution:

  • ATM network for studio connections
  • presentation suite for distributed productions


Video master file
analysis und correction as cloud service

This project is a joint corporate research project of Cube-Tec International and IRT.

The goal of this project is the development of a cloud based software prototype for B2B applications. This cloud service is intended to validate IMF packages („Interoperable Master Format”) for standard conformance and to automatically correct them in case of any detected issues.

The planned system should provide a detailed technical report containing all detected issues and the executed correction steps.  In case of a correction a standard compliant IMF package will be created and provided to the client.

The IMF analysis is based on the functionality of IRT´s IMF Analyser. And the automatic correction will be implemented by Cube-Tec International.

Learn more about IRT’s IMF Analyser in the animated video


In recent years there has been a progressive trend toward integrating social media technologies into broadcast technology environments to facilitate direct audience participation in live programming. Thus far, functionality has mainly been to allow individual viewers to contribute to news, current affairs and debates through sending SMS comments, or submissions to voting processes in light entertainment and reality TV content. This technological trend has been slow in evolving and has not as yet reached full potential. The current situation is that broadcasters want more from existing solutions which offer capability limited to small text information and plain 2D graphics generated through ticker representations. Audience feedback and focus group conclusions show clearly that viewer interest is not sustained through current approaches. Project VisualMedia aims to go beyond current state-of-the-art by integrating content generated through social media with real-time 3D graphics capability specifically developed for the broadcast media sector, together with advanced interaction and visualization systems, in order to create added value for both audience and broadcast industry.



VITALAS was an innovative project designed to provide advanced solutions for indexing, searching and accessing large scale digital audio-visual content. The objective of this project was to deliver a reliable and efficient preindustrial prototype, allowing intelligent access to multimedia professional archives.

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WiMAC@home stands for “Wireless Media And Control at home”: in other words, management systems for stand-alone multimedia and control components in a wireless home network, based on a standard issued by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).