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Ross Video Partners with SMPTE and OSA to Integrate Catena Secure Communication Standard into Rapid Industry Solution Program

This collaboration between Ross, SMPTE, and OSA is intended to provide a simple way to enable interoperability across a wide array of vendors

Ross Video, a founding member of the Open Services Alliance (OSA) and a long-time supporter of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), announced today that Catena, a brand-new OSA initiative, will now reside under SMPTE’s Rapid Industry Solution (RIS) program, with the merger of the OSA and SMPTE. The resulting entity will be known as OSA: A SMPTE Rapid Industry Solution.

Catena is intended to provide a simple way to enable control, status reporting and configuration across a wide array of vendors, with devices, complex products, services, or even very small microservices. The need for Catena arose from the shift to cloud computing for live media production, the need for more seamless multi-vendor integration, and the emergence of security as a priority. Catena builds upon Ross Video’s wildly successful openGear platform, which has enabled smooth interoperability of on-premises equipment across vendors for over sixteen years. Catena takes this to the next level as an open standard, taking cloud and hybrid environments into account, as well as security.

The addition of Catena into OSA: A SMPTE Rapid Industry Solution is expected to result in a suite of documents being published by SMPTE that will cover aspects such as registration, status, control, commands/API, security, and orchestration. The OSA/SMPTE merger couldn’t come at a better time for those wishing to participate in the Catena initiative, as it is now part of the wider SMPTE community.  


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“We are thrilled to see the home for Catena will now be in OSA: A SMPTE Rapid Industry Solution. We look forward to working with the industry to create an open standard designed to ensure that solutions and platforms from various vendors can work together seamlessly,” says Troy English, CTO of Ross Video. “We are confident that this collaboration will result in an innovative, scalable solution for the media industry that will help accelerate innovation and enable true interoperability.”

“Following several successful rapid-fire initiatives over the past three years, the OSA expects Catena to be one of its most exciting projects yet, and with the increased visibility and reach of the OSA now being a SMPTE Rapid Industry Solution, we think this will be a huge benefit to the Catena initiative as a whole,” says Chris Lennon, Executive Director of the OSA.

Ross and SMPTE would like to invite all parties interested in learning more about Catena to join us for a special in-person event at NAB Show 2023 in Las Vegas. The event will take place at 3:30 pm on Sunday, April 16th at the NAB’s Connect Inspiration Theater (W3421). We can’t wait to see you there!

For more information on Catena, please visit https://www.rossvideo.com/catena.


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