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ABU Engineering Award entries highlight quality and innovation

There is something for everyone in the inaugural ABU Green Engineering Awards, according the competition’s organisers. 

Entries in the Green Broadcast Engineering Awards range from power-saving TV lighting to new transmission technologies, teleconferencing and the use of green power for audiences in rural areas.

Altogether, the ABU has received 15 nominations from members and industry partners in 13 countries for this year’s ABU Engineering Awards, which will be announced at the ABU General Assembly in Seoul, Korea, on 12 October.

ABU Director of Technology Sharad Sadhu said the number and quality of entries was very pleasing.

The Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award recognises outstanding contributions to broadcast engineering and related disciplines, the Engineering Industry Excellence Award is given for the most outstanding engineering contribution made by an individual in the broadcasting industry and the inaugural ABU Green Broadcast Engineering Award is conferred on those who have made engineering contributions of an outstanding nature in developing, implementing and/or promoting green technology in the broadcasting industry in the Asia-Pacific region.  

Mr Sadhu said nominations were received from Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey.

The seven nominations for the Green Broadcast Engineering Awards cover a range of innovations designed to make broadcasting more energy efficient and reduce carbon footprints.

Two of the entries focus on using LEDs for studio lighting, meaning longer-lasting lights, less maintenance and – in one case – claims of 95% reduction in electricity consumption for lighting and air conditioning and in the studio’s carbon footprint.

Two entries claim greater efficiencies from new transmission technologies, in one case for the development of the second generation terrestrial digital broadcasting standard DVB-T2 and the other for the use of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) transmission especially in remote locations.

The implementation of videoconferencing and telepresence systems in one broadcaster has saved operational costs and reduced their carbon footprint. Another has made energy and financial savings by virtualizing processes across its whole range of activities while a third has found energy and cost savings with the use of green power.

The winners will be chosen by panels of judges and the results will be announced at the Technical Committee meeting at the ABU General Assembly.