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RAI Research @ Big Data Tech 2017

The Center for Research and Technological Innovation has attended the 4th Big Data Tech event, which took place in Milan on 12 October. The conference deals with technology and business issues related to the Big Data universe and is sponsored by prestigious industrial brands in the industry. CRIT, in collaboration with AgileLab, presented the experimental developments of the AgileRAI platform, a system for automatic and real-time annotation of video streams.

Salone del Libro TURIN 2017: Crit on Lingotto Rai stand

An innovative project aimed at the inclusion of people with disabilities to create an accessible museum path at the Museum of Radio and Television of Turin has presented at Lingotto.

News on Buongiorno Regione Rai3 Lombardia

The crew of Rai3 Buongiorno Regione Lombardia shot a video on the HEAD project, during the convention hosted by Fondazione Don Gnocchi in Milan. The video has been aired on June 28, 2017.

'Stanotte a Venezia', first Rai transmission in UHD HDR

The broadcast involved several corporate structures, from Rai Research Center, Satellite Direction and Rai Way and broadcast on Tivùsat platform. The transmission took place on Eutelsat’s Rambouillet teleport, near Paris

CRIT at EBU Metadata Developer Network Workshop

Maurizio Montagnuolo presented the AgileRAI system, a parallel and scalable framework for real-time video analysis and semantic enrichment.

Teaching in the "Disability Technologies" course

A group of CRIT researchers presented Rai e-inclusion projects in the course of “Technologies for Disabilities“, in the Politecnico of Turin.

 

Digital Radio Deployment in Europe

Update of EBU R138 on Digital Radio Deployment in Europe

Paolo Casagranda

The Radio Group of the EBU Strategic Programme, co-chaired by Rai Research Centre, has updated the guidelines for Digital Radio Deployment in Europe, included in the EBU R138 recommendation.

 

Active Project

Personalized Linear Radio

Personalized Radio and the Hybrid Content Radio Framework

Personalized Linear Radio is based on the idea of replacing part of the audio of linear radio with personalized and user-specific audio content. Audio content can be downloaded from the Internet or from other sources. The context can be the profile of the listener, her mood and activity she is doing, her position, the weather conditions, and all the factors that contribute to characterizing the listener’s status. The ultimate goal of the service is to improve listeners’ user experience, giving them targeted content, while optimizing the use of network resources.

Active project

Satellite transmissions beyond S2X

The DVB is currently starting a Commercial Study Mission casting DVB’s Vision for Satellite Broadcasting, looking at the near- and long term, and going beyond classic geostationary satellite constellations, anticipating a successful bringing into use of future low earth orbiting payloads.

Rai-CRIT will participate in these activities, according to its leaderschip role and active participation in the DVB technical module dedicated to satellite transmissions, aiming at evaluating opportunities, times and methods for new standardisation activities.

 

Active project

Application of the WiB concept to DVB-T2

WiB is a new system concept for DTT where potentially all frequencies within the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band are used on all transmitter  sites (i.e. reuse-1).

Active project

4K, the evolution of Television

The prospects for a new way of watching TV

Più pixel o pixel di miglior qualità? Le problematiche di un segnale a risoluzione maggiore contro un segnale a qualità migliorata. Le sfide della Rai e del Centro Ricerche verso una televisione ad alta qualità tecnica.

Active project

High Dynamic Range

The evolution of television signal: same definition, best pixels

The High Dynamic Range allows a significantly improved image. The pixels that compose the image are high quality compared to the current pixels, with more information content. The signal reproduced on the new HDR screens is more dynamic and therefore with a much higher brightness, as well as with a superior detail perception.

Active project

DAB+ signal propagation in tunnels

tests and measurements

Rai is planning to extend DAB+ services to the most important Italian urban areas and to the motorways (including service continuity in tunnels). Radio service transmission inside tunnels requires methods such as the installation of radiating cables (“leaky-feeders”) along the tunnel ceiling. This approach is costly, thus leading RAI Research Center to investigate the feasibility of an alternative approach using direct RF irradiation by means of antennas positioned outside the tunnels (not far from the entrance) or internally.

Active project

Realtà Aumentata e Realtà Mixata

Una nuova tecnologia in grado, tra le altre cose, di coinvolgere maggiormente gli utenti delle trasmissioni televisiva.

Active project

Technology for "Data Journalism" activities

In the modern digital age, a big challenge lies in the ability of collecting, connecting, analysing and presenting heterogeneous content streams, accessible through different sources, and published through different media modalities. At this purpose, the project is aiming at identifying an end-to-end workflow for data driven journalism.

Active project

Multimedia IN Digital radio

MIND: a management system for Digital Radio Multimedia Services

MIND is the “Content Management” and “Multichannel Publishing” system that allows to associate and synchronize images and textual information with each of the DAB+ radio channels distributed across the network nationwide. Its ability to synchronize with the channel’s schedule and to choose and create new content to be transmitted, allows to get a channel dynamism even without a continuous publisher’s intervention.

Progetto attivo

Next Generation Audio

Una nuova generazione di tecnologie audio è in arrivo nel broadcasting.

E’ opportuno parlare di Next Generation Audio in quanto nel broadcasting si sta prefigurando uno scenario altamente innovativo, in cui, oltre al tradizionale aumento di efficienza di codifica tipico dell’evoluzione tecnologica, si aggiungono nuove ed importanti funzionalità che richiederanno ai produttori di contenuti un adattamento della proprio workflow di produzione.

Active project

RaiPlay on connected TV

The blue key on Rai channels

RaiPlay, il nuovo portale multimediale della Rai rilasciato nel 2016, è disponibile in versione browser e come applicazione per dispositivi mobili e smart TV. Il CRIT ha curato lo sviluppo software della versione per i televisori e decoder interattivi a standard DVB MHP con bollino gold.

Active project

Stretched TV for improved accessibility

TV adapted to its time

The film and television have undergone an extraordinary evolution in the technical means as in content. The need to keep up with the times and with a society living in ever-increasing pace has profoundly changed the way of realizing television and radio programs. The manner of conducting the programs has changed dramatically from the fifties to the present, from a television in black and white that “entered” into the homes with discretion and played just a few hours of the day of a program like the present with channels broadcasting 24 hours daily and characterized by fast tempos and rhythms. the user is also changed, now the viewer quickly select with the remote control a number of channels to decide what to watch and with TVs connected to the network selects the contents and realizes its own schedule. People with disabilities and the elderly, by contrast, strongly demanding the reduction of the complexity of television and the reduction of technological barriers. The project Stretch TV, launched by RAI – Centre for Research and Technological Innovation and RAI – Social Secretariat, aims to develop a technological solution that allows to significantly improve the usability of television content by persons with sensory disabilities and / or cognitive and the elderly.

Active project

DigiMaster

Digitisation of RAI Master archive

The RAI internal project for the digitisation of archive audiovisual material currently stored on physical legacy carriers. It aims at the preservation of RAI  contents produced and communicated to the public till present day. The Centre for Research and Technological Innovation is involved together with other RAI departments, namely Teche, ICT, and Produzione-TV.

Active project

TV over the Internet: OTT (Over The Top) distribution of audio/video content

Today, TV content can be distributed via Internet as OTT (Over The Top) delivery, allowing to expand the traditional offer with on-demand services. As the QoS (Quality of Service) cannot be guaranteed on the Internet as on a private IP network, during the years specific network architectures have been designed and developed (CDN: Content Distribution Network) and adaptive streaming protocols (ABR: Adaptive Bit-Rate), in order to optimise the data stream according to the broadband connection and the kind o terminal associated to each user.