NAB CTO Kevin Gage tells the board that the time has come for a broadcast lab to speed development of broadcast TV and radio technology. A final vote on establishing the lab could come early next year.
NAB Chief Technology Officer Kevin Gage formally proposed today the establishment of a research and development facility for broadcast TV and radio technology.
The NAB Lab would “establish thought leaders and push the limits of technology to enhance the broadcast industry,” the NAB said in a synopsis of the presentation that Gage made to the board, which is meeting in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
According to NAB, Lab would “provide a platform for innovation, a venue for forging partnerships and testing new technology, as well as an education component to create awareness about over-the-air radio and television technology initiatives.”
The lab would also incorporate the current NAB FastRoad program, providing funding for research, the NAB said.
“The Board expressed clear support for the idea of an NAB Lab,” said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton. “Its time has come. A decision on how it is funded and where it will be located will be forthcoming.”