Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 18:15 to 20:45
BT Research and Development
Adastral Park ,Martlesham Heath
IP5 3RE Ipswich
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

A unique  opportunity to visit BT’s home of innovation and research, to include visits to the video, media and transport network laboratories, with lab demonstrations of Software Defined Networking to dynamically orchestrate large video-based traffic flows across core networks- with the opprtunity to talk to BT's Leading researchers.

Adastral Park is BT’s global innovation and development centre, an engineering HQ that takes top-flight technology and works out how to deploy and operate it the real world.


From pioneering work in optical technologies and digital switching through to work in advanced software techniques and protocols, Adastral Park is recognised as one of the leading centres of technical innovation in the communication world.

It is a modern science park with more than 43 companies on site including some of the biggest names in IT: from Fujitsu and Ericsson to Samsung to Cisco.

SMPTE members have a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with the leading researchers on video and all the supporting science and telco technologies.  


19:00 – Official welcome by Tim Whitley, Head of Research and Innovation, BT

19:10 – SMPTE welcome by Peter Weitzel  Hon sec SMPTE UK section

19:15– Lab tours:

BT Innovation Showcase Overview  
Video related demo  
GFast demo  
SDN for video contribution networks  (as referred to in a SMPTE ATC2015  Paper and Presentation)

We also saw BBC Hybrid Log Gamma HDR _ this is the latest Paper from BBC R&D

20:15 – Return to Hubble 1&2 for more social networking / drinks

20:30 Taxi to station for 21:09 train   if you need us to book a return taxi please let us know.

20:45 Depart

We thank BT – a SMPTE Gold Sustaining member -  for the opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes”;
and look at the technologies of tomorrow that will be part of our broadcasting and media world.


Meeting host

Andrew Lord  joined BT in 1985 after a BA in Physics from Oxford University. He has worked on a wide range of optical network systems and technologies, including long haul subsea and terrestrial DWDM networks.
Andrew currently heads BT’s optical core and access research. He has had many years of European project coordination and currently helps lead the Idealist FP7 project. He regularly speaks at conferences, sits on several organising committees, including ECOC and is Technical Program Chair for OFC 2015.
He is an associate Editor of Journal of Optical Communications and Networking (JOCN), and is Visiting Professor at Essex University.


By road: From the Midlands and the North take A14 East toward Ipswich. From London and the South turn off the M25 at J28 onto the A12 to Ipswich. Follow A14 East (signposted to Felixstowe), around Ipswich and over the Orwell Bridge. Join A12 north (J58, signposted to Lowestoft) for approximately two miles. Adastral Park can be found by turning right at the second roundabout.
If using a Sat Nav, enter the postcode IP5 3RF, and follow the signs for Reception.

By train: A regular train service runs from London Liverpool Street to Ipswich Station, taking approximately one hour. From the Midlands and the North, there are connecting trains to Ipswich from Peterborough (via Ely or Cambridge). A regular service to Ipswich departs from Norwich once every half hour  - the 1600 and 1602 Trains are Off peak - the 1630 1632 inwards are peak.  We will be finisishing in time for taxis to take you to catch the 2109 or 2143 trains (arrive 1:15 hours later)

By bus: The route 66 bus service leaves Ipswich for Adastral Park approximately every 15 minutes during peak times. The journey time is around 40-50 minutes. The X66 & 67 provides a more direct and quicker route, with a journey time of 25-30 minutes, but only operates during peak times.

By bike: The Ipswich Cycle Map identifies designated bike routes. Also check out CycleStreets journey planner for direct route to Adastral. Cycle shelters are provided across Adastral Park, and lockers, showers and changing rooms are available. For more information, please see the Adastral Park Bicycle Users Group (BUG) website.

There is a lot more information at www.adastral.co.uk/how-to-find-us/