Is it time for a new engineering position in the broadcast industry?

“The Broadcast IT Engineer”

The impact of the Information Technology world has certainly been felt in the ranks of traditional broadcast engineering for several years. Whether radio or TV, the systems we depend upon daily have become or will become more of an IT looking environment than the baseband audio and video world that has embraced broadcast engineering for years.

Is it time for a new engineering position in the broadcast industry? Will the “Broadcast IT Engineer” become the new job title for the broadcast technologist of 2013 and beyond? Or maybe this already is the new engineering position and we have simply not fully acknowledged in our industry and our own career progression.

How does someone entering the industry obtain the knowledge and skills of broadcast engineering and IT to successfully accomplish the demands of this position?  Is an experienced IT professional better suited for this role by learning the traditional diverse broadcast engineering skills? Is an experienced broadcast engineer better suited for this role by learning the necessary and diverse IT skills?

Who is best suited for the coming norm of the broadcast plant in the “IT Cloud”?

What are your thoughts?

Wayne M. Pecena, CPBE, CBNE

SBE Board Member, Chair – SBE Education Committee

 Wayne’s views do not reflect those of the SBE, or its Board of Directors.

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Understanding IP Multicast in a Broadcast Environment

Webinars by SBE continues to offer IP networking training in the next webinar titled “IP Networking, part 6 – an Introduction to IP Multicast“.  Taking place April 25, 2013, the webinar explores Multicast terminology, the addressing utilized, switching and routing in a multicast IP network and more.  Wayne Pecena, CPBE, CBNE, who is presenting the webinar, will provide practical implementation examples to deliver AoIP and IPTV content in order to illustrate the theoretical concepts presented.

How can IP Multicasting benefit broadcasters?

IP Multicast is a unique aspect of IP Networking technology that provides “one – to – many” communications between a source IP host and numerous subscriber IP hosts. The use of IP Multicast for delivery of real-time media content often finds widespread use in the broadcast facility. The SBE is offering a webinar, presented by Wayne Pecena, to help broadcasters learn more about IP Multicast. Learn more

Interested in learning how to build an IP network infrastructure for your TV or Radio station? This webinar will help –

The IP Networking webinar series continues with part 5 focusing on “Building the KSBE Network”, by applying the concepts addressed in the first 4 parts of the IP Networking Webinar series. The end result of this webinar will be an understanding of how to build an IP network infrastructure often found in a broadcast environment. The “KSBE Network” will address layered IP network design, application of an IP addressing plan, use of VLAN’s, routing protocols, securing the network, and access to the network through a secure VPN connection. Thanks to Wayne Pecena for presenting this series! More Info

Just how big is the IPv6 address space?

340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 addresses to be exact.  Hear more about IPv6 during the Webinar by SBE on IP Networking, part 4 – IPv6, taking place February 21, 2013.

Just as IPv4 addressing can be challenging when managing limited IP address space, IPv6 brings new challenges when working with enormous IP address space. A new mindset is required to effectively understand and implement IPv6 in your network. New IPv6 features and capabilities also bring challenges to the broadcast network engineer.

Follow us on Twitter @SBEorg, #webinarsbysbe and post your questions for the webinar presenter, Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-vSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE. You can also post your questions on our Facebook page.

This webinar is the fourth in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE™) certification exam.

IP Networking Webinar Series continues with the Fundamentals of IPv6

Just as IPv4 addressing can be challenging when managing limited IP address space, IPv6 brings new challenges when working with enormous IP address space. This webinar, which takes place on February 21, 2013, builds upon the brief introduction to IPv6 terminology presented in the third webinar of the series held in January 2013. A new mindset is required to effectively understand and implement IPv6 in your network. New IPv6 features and capabilities also bring challenges to the broadcast network engineer.

This webinar is the fourth in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE™) certification exam.   More Info

IP Networking Webinar Series – live and on-demand webinars on IP address management, IPv6, routing and much more

IP-Webinars_Box_WebsiteLooking for a convenient and affordable way to learn more about IP networking? The SBE has a series of webinars, tackling subjects such as the OSI model and layers, routing and switching, IP address management, and IPv6.  Two of the webinars are available on-demand, and two of the webinars take place later this month and in February.  Click here to find out more about any of these webinars.

Interested in learning how to reverse engineer an unknown IP address?

The SBE, in conjunction with Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, is offering a webinar on January 31, 2013 on IP Address Management.  This webinar will help attendees understand IP address principals and practices to properly design, manage, and support IP networks. This webinar will provide a realistic tutorial in IPv4 addressing principals, addressing schemes, and subnet design using private and public addressing. Also included are practical exercises to reverse engineer an unknown IP address and steps to designing an IP addressing scheme focused on a small broadcast facility. In addition, IPv6 addressing concepts will be introduced. The cost for members of the SBE is $49.  Non-members can register for $75.  Click here for more information.

Studying for the CBNE exam? Check out this webinar to help you prepare

The second webinar in the series of seven, designed to help you prepare for the Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) exam, will takes place Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

Routing and Switching is the subject, with a specific focus on how unicast and multicast is implemented in IP networking, when to route and when to switch, and implementing QoS for audio and video applications. Click here for more information and to register.

2012 SBE Educator of the Year presents IP networking webinar on routing and switching

SBE President Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, congratulates Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, on being honored as the 2012 James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year at the SBE National Meeting in Denver in October.

The next IP Networking Webinar by SBE explores routing and switching.  Presenting this webinar is 2012 SBE Educator of the Year Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, who frequently presents for the SBE. This webinar is the second in a series that focuses on various aspects of IP Networking.  Subjects explored in this webinar include how Unicast and Multicast is implemented in IP Networking, when to route and when to switch, and implementing QoS for audio and video applications.

This webinar, which takes place Tuesday, December 4, is one of many geared toward helping broadcast engineers prepare for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE) certification exam.  Visit the SBE website for more information and to register.